Skinny Jeans and Upbeat Tunes: The problem with church growth marketing

I’m not really that interested in debating church growth, I think it’s a bit of a red herring (hopefully by the end of this piece it will be clear what I mean by this!) Instead, I want to think through what “effective engagement with those not already in church” looks like

What makes us happy?

What makes us happy? And perhaps more significantly, what does living the Christian life have to do with happiness?

The “evolution” of Church

It seems to promote newness over tried and tested thinking; innovation over reliability; and flexibility over foundations. Maybe in business this is beneficial but is the same true of the Church? Where deepening relationships is key often stability is valued and when it comes to longer term social transformation longevity is often better than a flash-in-the-pan hit and run approach.

Step Into Christmas, Let’s join together…

In the past couple of weeks, on my commute to work, I’ve heard Elton John’s Step Into Christmas on a […]

Celebrating the season!

As we head into December most people will start to turn their thoughts towards Christmas (though some have already been […]

Nehemiah and texts with shadow sides

A couple of months ago I was asked to speak on Nehemiah and so I dutifully went about thinking how […]

Church or no Church? The Sunday Assembly

Today (July 17th), tucked away on BBC News website was a report on the Sunday Assembly meeting in Edinburgh.

Flipped Churches

Yesterday I  attended the annual UWS Learning, Teaching, and Research Conference. In this blog, what follows is my own “thinking aloud” to think through two different, though I think related, ideas I heard during the day to ask ‘might that work for a church?’

2018 – a year to remember?

If I had to choose one period of time to go back and visit, I think the 1960s would be high on my list. It’s not for the party of the swinging sixties, nor for the rise of the Beatles, and it’s also not for a nostalgic “life was better then”.

The Trinity – so what?

Simultaneously one of the best and worst questions that students in class ask is “but why?” Sometimes it can feel like you’re dealing with a troublesome tot “Why? Why? Why?” but it is a question that keeps returning me to think practically.