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Opinions/reflections - July - Dec 2021

People whose loved ones died during the pandemic are often suffering complicated, unresolved grief - but turning to Spiritualism isn't the answer. By Louise Morse
Colin Pye channels his 80s synth rock background to introduce a new song that explores the presidential theme of his friend and colleague Geoff Colmer
Baptist minister Israel Olofinjana, director of the Evangelical Alliance's One People Commission, pays tribute
Anyone wishing to seriously engage with the subject must first wrestle with, and come to a view on, three fundamental questions, writes John Elliston
There is a Christian case to be made for supporting a change in the law, writes Simon Woodman
Is the church failing the white working class? By Michael Shaw
Let us allow our devotional roots to grow deeper, to gain the strength of Christ, through His Spirit - and in taking His yoke upon us, become a pastoral presence within our communities and the gospel voice that our context so desperately needs to hear
A reflection on being competitive in the Kingdom of God. By Colin Sedgwick
Churches understandably place a high value on marriage - but what does that communicate to those who are single? Following the shootings in his city, this is a reflection by Michael Shaw, minister of Devonport Community Baptist Church, Plymouth
Former Baptist Union President Stephen Gaukroger has created a course to equip the church as we emerge from lockdown. In this interview he shares advice for congregations asking “What next?”
Baptist minister and Spurgeon’s College tutor Jeannie Kendall introduces her new book Held in Your Bottle, which explores the value of tears in the Bible and in our lives today
Are you off to university this year? Maybe consider a different type of church, writes Michael Shaw
Exacerbated by the instability of the pandemic, the currency of grievance has become a dominant force circulating in many churches, as well as wider society, suggests Shaun Lambert. How do we effect change?
Habits we latched onto over the last 18 months, which we should perhaps not let go. By Chris Goswami
A testimony of answered prayer and the goodness of our God, by Vicki Miller, Scheme Manager at independent housing scheme Royd Court, West Yorkshire
A reflection on the dangers of idealising physical perfection, by Mark Roques
Many victims / survivors of exploitation access services from churches, writes Dan Pratt, editor of a new book exploring faith responses to modern slavery
Dementia affects the brain and cognition, but it doesn’t touch the soul and the spirit of a person, and at Christmas time, especially, the Holy Spirit can be released through our worship and spiritual songs. By Louise Morse
Domestic abuse comes in many different forms, and sadly seems to be as prevalent as ever. Let's be aware, writes Baptist minister John Cheek
We could make a game-changing contribution by acting together, writes Andy Atkins, CEO of Christian nature conservation organisation A Rocha UK
It is not a matter of debate as to whether (or why) the climate is changing, but how much it will change - and what we can do now to prevent the worst impacts of that change. By Michael Shaw
Baptist minister David Meseg has terminal cancer. He has written a book exploring faith
Does our theology, as well as our missiology, alienate the working class? By Michael Shaw
We can refine our message until it’s perfect - but if we don’t connect with any real people who are willing to listen, it may not bear the fruit it could. Andy Flannagan introduces the Influence Course from Christians in Politics
My daily prayer as I encounter polite society, marginal society and those beyond the edge and, as I pray, I trust that, somehow, God will be at work and I will not hinder him. By Sean Fountain
Death is never easy. But if we belong to Christ, the crucified and risen one, how can we not approach it with faith, however faltering, and with hope, however fragile? By Colin Sedgwick
Christian minister, counsellor, mentor and lecturer Julie Porter introduces her book Loneliness versus Being Alone, which delves into the juxtaposition of loneliness and solitude
I am extremely grateful to have been used by God to reach white, working-class people, writes Baptist minister William Wade. Here are some observations about interacting with this often disaffected group
Bren Brundritt is one of a number of Baptist ministers who is wearing the Marks and Spencer 'believe' jumper this Christmas (and beyond). She explains why
Author Chick Yuill explains why he started writing novels that could be read by people of all faiths and of none - and introduces his latest work
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