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See, here is water! What prevents me from being baptised?

17th December 2018

This is the first of two posts on baptism: its importance, history and development in the early centuries and to us today.

I’ve seen many baptisms … they are some of the most exciting moments in a church family’s life… let alone in the life of the individual being baptised. My baptism? The most important d[...]

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 […]

“Crazy Dow” The American Revivalist

19th May 2017

Trevor Saxby writes about Lorenzo Dow, an eccentric preacher

LORENZO Dow (1777-1834), from Connecticut, USA, took eccentricity to a new level. From childhood he felt sweeps of emotion beyond his peers, higher highs and deeper lows. At 21, he was accepted as a circuit preacher by the Methodists. Later he was an independent evangelist. He quickly[...]

The Preacher Who Saved His Church

7th April 2017
ANDREAS Ehrenpreis is not a well-known name in church history, but what he managed to do is truly astonishing. Born in 1589 in Illingen, Germany, Andreas was brought up as an Anabaptist – a persecuted, radical Christian movement that emphasised faith, peace and justice. At seven years of age, his family joined a Hutterite community […]

Generosity and the early church

18th November 2016
GENEROSITY, in Christian understanding, goes further than simply the wallet – it reveals the condition of the soul. There is a natural selfishness in our conditioned responses, which instinctively says spend and not give. But is this really the mind-set that we want to pass on to our children? As someone has said, “we must […]

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