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Feature articles published in 2017 

January

Time for a spiritual check-up  
Why there is much to learn from clocks, old and new 

Dedication to mission in Moldova
'The church planters are highly dedicated and have excellent influence on local people' - a spotlight on Baptist church planters in Moldova

Giving God your loving attention
How to go about rediscovering contemplative prayer

Crime, rehabilitation... and God’s nudge 
Baptist churches can genuinely help those leaving prison by partnering with the Langley House Trust, a leading offender rehabilitation charity

Integral mission in Uganda
Four BMS World Mission workers are meeting the physical and spiritual needs of struggling communities in the post-conflict north of Uganda

'Stories capture the imagination'
Vicki Gibson was Head of Philosophy and Religion and a school chaplain before taking early retirement to write children’s books
 

February

The IBTS Centre Amsterdam
Having been involved with European Baptists and their theological training for several decades, Alec Gilmore recently visited the IBTS Centre in Amsterdam for the first time 

'Always been interested by the spooky'
An interview with Peter Laws, writer, speaker and Baptist minister whose newly released debut crime thriller specifically explores baptism

Baptist leadership - 'creative tension' 
Baptists have always insisted there is a vital role for the whole church together – and a significant place for some who have particular responsibilities

Christianity, Psychology and Mindfulness
An interview with the co-editor of a new book which brings together serious theological and psychological reflection and analysis to mindfulness
 

March

Life’s hurts… and hopes   
Lizzie McNaught nearly died of anorexia when she was 14. Now a hospital doctor, she wants to help others in the grip of the disease

'A land of heroes of the faith'
I am convinced that were it not for the presence of heroic yet ordinary Christians, the whole of Eastern Ukraine would descend into complete chaos, writes Joshua Searle as he reflects on the latest mission trip to Ukraine 

Who is this shining man of light?
What happened when a Muslim man saw Jesus in a dream: a testimony from North Africa

Four reasons to go on a BMS Insight Team
Why going on a BMS World Mission Insight Team is a great way for your church to engage more in world mission

'God is there, if you feel his presence or not' 
Former Baptist Times editor Hazel Southam had always been scared of horses – until one helped her through the hardest year of her life

The shaping of lives for Christ's service
An interview with Paul Goodliff on his latest book, which explores how we form Christian ministers


April

'Love now, in the midst of the mess' 
Hope into Action is a charity which provides homes for the most vulnerable in society in partnership with local churches, and recently held its third annual conference. Founder and chief executive Ed Walker, member of Bretton Baptist Church in Peterborough, reports

Beacons of Hope – Baptists Together Magazine Summer 2017 
The latest Baptists Together Magazine has been landing on people’s doorsteps in recent days - so what’s in this edition?

A day in the life of an army chaplain... in South Sudan 
Cole Maynard has been a Baptist army chaplain for 20 years. This is the first of a series of regular blogs from South Sudan, where he is currently on deployment 

7 surprising ways to survive winter in Afghanistan
The winters may be icy, but Afghans are creative! Discover the innovative ways that these resilient people stay warm during the coldest months of the year

 

May

Distributing Bibles in China
China is not the first place churches think of when considering sending a team overseas. However, there is an exciting opportunity for British Christians there. By Philip Bamber

A Sunday in Juba 
"The Archbishop stops mid-flow in his sermon. To my utter amazement he speaks to me from the pulpit...." Chaplain Cole Maynard's latest blog

Becoming Pentecost People 
Andy Robertson explains how a new resource aims to help churches to embrace the different cultures within them, and to experience multicultural worship and prayer

Baptist Assembly 2017 - story list
Commissioning, the President's address, a standing ovation - links to stories from the 2017 Baptist Assembly

Walking the Camino, a mindful pilgrimage 
What does it mean to walk mindfully and let go of disruptive patterns of thinking? Here's an insight from Baptist minister Shaun Lambert

'We're not good at this in the church' 
Writer and community activist Mark Yaconelli on the benefits of listening to each other's stories, as well as refugees in the UK, and the future of Christian youth work. Interview by Alex Baker 
 

June

DNA – a God-filled adventure
DNA is a unique Christian discipleship year. A trainee and minister share their experiences

‘Let us not grow weary of doing good’ 
Puppy love: dogs are reviled in many cultures, but that did not stop British engineers rescuing one. Baptist chaplain Cole Maynard's latest blog from South Sudan

'God enters our suffering with us'
Interview with Stuart Hazeldine, director of The Shack, which opens in UK cinemas 9 June

Reaching the 'third audience' 
The impact of Christians going into schools can be far reaching and cross-generational, writes Martin Sweet

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