Persecution?

Steve Fouch has just written an excellent blog post about the perceived persecution of Christians in the UK. …Secondly, this trivialises the genuine persecution that fellow Christians do experience in many parts of the world. It is a widely quoted statistic that there have been more Christian martyrs in the twentieth century than in all […]

Where is Christianity Heading?

Two completely differing views of the future of the Church in Britain have come across my sights today. Firstly, Tear Fund have published something saying that church attendance has increased in the UK (I mentioned this last week – but there was nothing on their web site at that point). ‘We have noticed that in […]

Labour Does Do God After All

A few years ago, Alistair Cambell famously stated of the labour government “we don’t do God”. Well, apparently they do now! Stephen Timms a government minister said the following in a recent speech: ‘What I want to argue today is that the faith communities offer a rich resource of hopefulness which, in progressive politics, we […]

Theology: Black, White or Grey?

It is well worth setting aside the time to listen to the discussion between post-modern Englishman Jonny Baker and Pentecostal Nigerian Yemi Adedji from last year’s Greenbelt. These two look at the Christian faith from very different standpoints and yet demonstrate a very clear unity and close friendship. It is good stuff! There are a […]

Surveys of Belief in the UK

Today’s Oberser reports with hardly disguised glee that Church attendance in the UK is going to decline by 90% over the next few decades. According to Dr Peter Brierley, former executive director of Christian Research, by 2030 just under 419,000 people will attend an Anglican Sunday service. By 2040 the number will be down to […]

Leaving the Church for Wicca

There is a startling report in the Telegraph which claims that 50,000 women a year are leaving the church and taking up pagan religions. Apparently, this is partly inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer! The old-fashioned attitudes and hierarchies of churches are causing a steep decline in the number of female worshippers, according to an […]

Low Maintenance Church

I love this quote from Jonathan Ingleby: My answer to that question is another question: can we begin to think seriously about  low-maintenance’ churches? Also, is this possibly one of the things that ‘emerging church’ is about? We are simply being crushed by the weight of the structures we have created in order to maintain […]

What is the Gospel?

Christianity Today has an excellent article by Tim Keller which looks at the nature of the Gospel. The gospel has been described as a pool in which a toddler can wade and yet an elephant can swim. It is both simple enough to tell to a child and profound enough for the greatest minds to […]

Ethnicity of English Church Goers

The latest edition of the Lausanne World Pulse has an interesting article by Peter Brierly on the ethnic make up of churches in the UK. Today, one person in six (seventeen percent) who goes to church in England is non-white. This is up from twelve percent in 1998. Black church people make up ten percent […]

Church Closures in the UK

More than 260 churches belonging to the Church of England have ceased to be used for regular worship in the past decade, according to new figures. The figures, released by the Government in response to a Parliamentary question, show that 29 Anglican churches closed last year, the highest figure since 2004. Earlier this year, this […]