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Why does a minister need to study theology?

One of my occasional irritations in life is hearing in the media someone from a business organisation – it used often to be the Institute of Directors – complaining that British universities don’t turn out graduates who are ready to do the jobs that businesses have available. No. We don’t even try to. We are […]

The art of asking good questions

“If I had an hour to solve a problem, and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask. For once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.” (Albert Einstein). Questions are important It is easy to […]

What’s the opposite of loneliness?

Our society, perhaps unintentionally, often sends the message that the opposite of loneliness is company. Loneliness seems to be viewed quantitatively, not qualitatively – to be lonely is to feel alone, i.e. by yourself, a party of one. Numbers are lacking and to combat loneliness requires higher numbers, more people to make you feel less […]

Hello, I’m a professional Christian

Being a minister is great. In essence it’s about trying to help other people find their way to God. This is exactly what my life was about before I was a minister – when I was a hospital porter/geology student/school science technician/college registrar, but now I get to do it full time. The hours are […]

Are YOU a visionary leader?

The many challenges of our present age call for the unique gift of visionary leaders. These ‘practical futurists’ recognise that it is not enough to picture future possibilities that are capable of making tomorrow’s world better than today’s. Of course visionary leaders are able to recognise new opportunities and trends and develop new and strategic […]

The right to lead

Over the past few months I have been working on a new book about why people leave the Christian faith. I have met and interviewed a whole range of different people in their 20s and 30s who have left their faith for an array of reasons, and their stories are intriguing but they are also […]

4 things young leaders bring to the church

“Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith and purity, show yourself an example to those who believe.” 1 Timothy 4:12 Paul obviously thought that the young leader, Timothy, had the capacity to be an example to others in the way he spoke, acted and lived. So what […]

First love

It’s approaching 15 years since I left theological college to head out into ministry. In these years we (my wife Beki and I) have done some innovative stuff, people have come to faith and a number of books have been written. It’s so easy in ministry to start to think we are doing well. Our […]

The importance of being honest

In Gregory the Great’s The Book of Pastoral Rule (his incredibly contemporary treatise on pastoral ministry) he writes: “…those who preside over others should exhibit a type of behaviour that will lead the laity to disclose their secrets to them. Consequently, when the weak endure the waves of temptation, they will return to their pastor’s […]

Whose side is God on?

“This Bible is an important part of your calling to duty. When you are overwhelmed with doubt, pain, or when you find yourself wavering, you must turn to this wonderful book for answers… You are now called to play your part in defending our country. It is my prayer that this Bible will be your […]

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