How can the church live out Jesus’ words to “welcome the stranger”?
Published: 15th Jan 2015
“People hate you because you’re not English. They want you pushed out of the job, out of the country. This experience has been very difficult for me. I’ve experienced negative attitudes towards me, bullying, misunderstanding at work which has left me worried and stressed.” – This is a Latvian woman’s experience of work life in the UK.
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N.T. (“Tom”) Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly bishop of Durham, and recognised as one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, Tom is also a prolific author. His books include the hugely popular For Everyone series on the New Testament and the magisterial series Christian Origins and the Question of God. This is Part 2 of an interview with James Stacey, a leader in the Jesus Army; in Part 1 they discussed the resurrection and new creation.
Published: 24th Dec 2014
Almost always in theology, one is seeing an imbalance and trying to correct it. You’ve seen something that’s been missed out and you’re trying to put it back in. That’s difficult when you’re talking about a subject which is many-sided and complex because you have to say everything all the time otherwise people think that you have deliberately missed something out!
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The way justification works in the three principle places that occurs – Romans 3, Galatians 3, and Philippians 3– always has a context of God constituting the church in unity as the new humanity: “Jew and Greek, slave and free, male and female”. It is the unified church that God has justified, has declared, “These are my people.”
N.T. (“Tom”) Wright is Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St Andrews. Formerly bishop of Durham, and recognised as one of the world’s leading New Testament scholars, Tom is also a prolific author. His books include the hugely popular For Everyone series on the New Testament and the magisterial series Christian Origins and the Question of God. He talks to James Stacey, a leader in the Jesus Army.
Published: 19th Dec 2014
I had a very ordinary English upbringing – about as middle, middle class and as middle, middle Anglican as you could get. I was born and bred in Morpeth, in Northumberland. I grew up in a family where church was normal, prayers in the evening were normal, singing hymns around the piano on a Sunday afternoon was normal.
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I ran into a more evangelical strand of the Christian faith in my early teens at Scripture Union boys’ camps in Scotland (that’s where I really learnt to love Scotland – not that it’s difficult to fall in love with Scotland!) It was rock-climbing and canoeing, and in the morning and evening there would be prayers and a short talk based on the bible. At school I helped to start a little group who would meet weekly for bible study and prayer. By my late teens I was starting to lead them – and the whole business of making the bible my own, and then the excitement of helping other people making it their own, became important to me.
Carl Beech heads up Christian Vision for Men (CVM), an international evangelistic men’s movement. He is on the Councils of the Evangelical Alliance, the Proclaim Trust, Fusion and Restored. In February 2015, he is taking up a new role as Director of Church Planting and Church Development for the Elim movement. Recently he spoke at our 'Men Alive For God' conference, and here he talks to James Stacey, a senior leader in the Jesus Army.
Published: 12th Dec 2014
Great to meet you, Carl. Tell us how you first came to Christ.
I grew up in Romford. My dad was a flying squad police officer and mum was at home. I had no Christian background at all. I got my first bible when I was 12 – a Gideon’s bible I was given at school. I smoked it because it was made of rizlas.
At 18, I wanted to join the British Army; they...
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All the core members of the Jesus Army were consulted in coming up with this cluster of values that define what the Jesus Army stands for as a movement. James Stacey, a Jesus Army senior leader, provides some biblical background.
Published: 27th Nov 2014
Holy Spirit Life, Inspiration and Movement
It all starts with the Holy Spirit. He birthed the Church of Jesus on the day of Pentecost (read about that dramatic day in the book of Acts in the Bible, chapter 2). He empowered churches and Christians to spread the good news of Jesus around the world. He came, unexpectedly and powerfully, to our church, the Jesus Fellowship in the late...
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