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Observations

My Desert Island Discs

OK, I could have chosen, When I Survey, or In Christ Alone or one of a myriad of other wonderful hymns of the church. In objective terms, they are probably better songs than the ones I have chosen. However the term favourite is inherently subjective and these songs touch me on a number of levels, they reflect on my life, my memories and my calling and they rock!

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Observations

Where Is The Anger?

Where are the Christian artists writing to condemn injustice?

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Mission

I Think This Is Brilliant!

We don’t need more superstars we need more Gospel centered churches

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Mission

The Task Unfinished: Join the Movement

There are still billions of people who have not heard about Jesus and the number is growing. Despite the amazing efforts put into world mission, the population of the globe is growing faster than our evangelistic efforts

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Observations

Contemporary Christian Music (Not Really)

A while ago, Clayboy tagged me with a meme with the following rules: Please try to name ONE (I know, there are so many to choose from) CCM praise song that you find unbearable and at least 2-3 reasons why, pointing to specific lyrics if you must. I’ve struggled a little with how to answer […]

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Church: UK

Men and Church

According to a survey in the Daily Mail: They have stood the test of time and it seems that today, despite all the changes to church services, men still prefer to sing ‘proper macho hymns’. Nearly 60 per cent of those who took part in a survey said they enjoyed singing – but added comments […]

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Christian Life

Does Worship Grab You?

David Keen has some interesting thoughts on worship, today. He reckons that there are four things that make church worship difficult for him; his theological training, his worry about what outsiders might think, perfectionism and the fact that he has often led worship sessions himself. He closes with this remark: Maybe it’s through things which […]

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Christian Life Humour Mission

Christian versus Christ Follower

A few weeks back, I wrote that Christians in the UK might like to think more about presenting themselves as followers of Christ rather than as religious Christians. This theme is picked up in a series of wonderful videos by Bramsvan which are available on YouTube. The videos are a send up of computer adverts […]

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Church: UK Church: World Observations

Jesus; I’m not in love with you.

A few months back I got a fair bit of response, not all of it entirely positive, to a couple of blog posts on worship songs (here, and here). That response makes me wonder how people will comment on this wonderful post by John Stackhouse. It really is terrific and gets to grips with the […]

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Church: UK Observations

The Worst Worship Songs Ever

At church on Sunday our service revolved around the theme of suffering and we sung a couple of songs that more or less made my toes curl – they seemed so trivial in the light of the amount of suffering in the world. At one point we actually sang a real hymn and the contrast […]