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A picture of generosity

9th March 2018

Some reflections on generosity looking at the New Testament and early church writings.

What does the New Testament really say about true generosity? What comes out looks rather different from the almost unquestioned acceptance by evangelical Christians today of tithing (giving 10 percent of your income) as a guide for financial giving. Here are some thoughts about givingR[...]

The Bible in the British Museum

21st February 2018

Julia Faire describes a recent visit to the British Museum, unpacking some of the Biblical stories reflected there.

It’s one of those wet, drizzling February days and London looks grey. But walking up those imposing steps of the British Museum, a treat awaits us. We are being taken around the museum for by Vicky Bolton and Seungjin Kim [...]

Augustine of Hippo on “true friendship”

24th January 2018
In his autobiographical masterpiece, Confessions, Augustine of Hippo has much to say about human relationships. Broken-hearted at the death of a childhood friend, Augustine relocated to Carthage in 376 as a tutor in rhetoric. Here, with students who in some cases were not much younger than he, he found solace from his grief. “[It was a […]

Hope or hype?

10th November 2017

A look at the charismatic conservatism of Johann Blumhardt

Two common features of today’s charismatic Christianity are a tendency to hype and triumphalism and a shift of focus from Church to the individual. What is so significant about German theologian Johann Christoph Blumhardt, is that he deliberately refused both of these. Following a much-publicised exorcism, with the whole neighbourhood paying attention, he took deliberate st[...]

Visionary Generosity

28th September 2017

Trevor Saxby writes about John Thornton and his strategic giving.

THIS story appeared on the BBC News website. An Oxford University academic has pledged to donate one million pounds to charitable causes in his lifetime, and has set up systems for regular giving to start delivering on this undertaking. Dozens of people have joined him in [...]

Elias “the imposter”

26th July 2017
ELIAS Keach (1665-1699) was the son of a noted Baptist preacher in London, Benjamin Keach, but he grew up wild and undisciplined. To escape his parents’ influence, he crossed the Atlantic to Philadelphia around 1686. To gain acceptance and respectability, he dressed in black with a ‘dog collar’ like a minister. When it was discovered […]

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