April 3, 2020

Under budget and delivered ahead of time? Only in quarantine…

For those who don’t know me, my name is Joe. I am a few months into my new role as the Communications Officer for Modern Church […]
March 31, 2020

Charisma & coercion: Manipulation & power abuse in the Church

THIS WAS the title of the Modern Church South West group day conference in Bath last month, led by Stephen Parsons, author of survivingchurch.org. The seeds for this day […]
March 31, 2020

House of Bishops Pastoral Statement on Marriage and Civil Partnerships: A Critical Appraisal

Civil Partnerships and Marriage In 2019 the British Government opened civil partnerships to heterosexual couples as well as to same sex couples, giving two options for […]
March 12, 2020

Signs of the Times Winter 2019/2020

July 31, 2019

Valuing hope in the face of despair

It feels like I’ve been campaigning for social and ecological justice nearly all my adult life. I have tried to criticise what I consider to be […]
July 19, 2019

Why did Jesus send out those missionaries?

This post is a sermon about the Gospel reading for 7th July: Luke 10:1-11, 16-20. It follows on from the sermon I published on 29 June 2019. […]
July 17, 2019

Nobody is an undesirable

Mark Field MP has attracted attention to himself again, describing some homeless people as ‘undesirables’. This post argues that from a Christian perspective nobody is an […]
April 6, 2019

Martyn Goss: How do we respond to climate change induced migration?

In February 2014 local churches responded positively to the collapse of the sea wall at Dawlish in Devon, which saw the rail line severed and people […]
April 2, 2019

David Simon: Give a dog a bad name and hang him: Two cheers for Judas

Judas at Bethany In St John’s Gospel (John 12:1-8) there is a description of the scene at Bethany when Mary anoints Jesus with costly perfume. The […]