Beware those who hold you to ransom

The billionaire founder of Phones4u, John Caudwell, hit the headlines for stating – in a magazine aimed at other super-rich people – that he would

What can the church learn from the seven MP split from Labour?

Once again it is hard times in the Labour Party. In scenes reminiscent of the early 80s, when the Gang of Four broke away to

Feud and the bitter consequences of rivalry in the church

I have been watching Feud on the BBC iPlayer. It documents the rivalry between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis. It focuses on their work together during

What to do when people are disappointing and the church lets you down

People are so disappointing, aren’t they? One doesn’t have to be around church very long to discover that people let you down. The reason there are no

Don’t overfocus on the vocal minority

I have been reading through John James’ book Renewal: church revitalisation along the way of the cross. I have long been an advocate for church

How do I know when a doctrinal issue is important enough to break fellowship?

Al Mohler has helpfully encouraged us all to consider theological triage. Mohler distinguishes between first, second and third order doctrines. First-order doctrines are those things that

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