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Most popular reflections/blogs 2018


Whether churches should declare where they stand on the LGBT issue from the outset; Christian mindfulness in coping with anxiety; Brexit and reflections on that sermon were among the most read blogs/opinion pieces in The Baptist Times in 2018


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1 Why churches should avoid 'agreeing to disagree'
It only leads to more pain in the long term - better to declare where you stand on the LGBT issue from the outset

2 Mindfulness, resilience and Gethsemane
A Baptist minister shares what it's like to feel anxious all the time - and what has been helpful in working through it

3 A prayer for Brexit  
Baptist minister Jonathan Beer is urging congregations to pray for the Brexit separation negotiations, whatever our political views. He offers this short reflection and prayer

4 Reflections on 'that sermon'
Bishop Michael Curry's sermon at the royal wedding on Saturday had everyone talking. What can preachers learn?

5 'Not for me' - critiquing Michael Curry's sermon
Jesus was preached and the crowd responded; and the religious were too busy critiquing the doctrine

6 ‘Who do you think you are?’
Reflections on identity, and life as a Baptist minister in training.

7 Recapturing joy in evangelism
How a story-telling approach, aware of secular mindsets, is more in keeping with how Jesus communicated 2000 years ago

8 'Listen to our stories - then choose to change'
A reflection on the recent ‘Celebrating, Surviving and Thriving: Women in Baptist Ministry’ conference

9 How to thrive (not just survive) at university
Baptist minister Michael Shaw has this message for new students and their sending churches this summer

10 Mindful worship - wider than any style
What does mindful worship look like?


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Baptist Times, 30/12/2018
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An explosion in church social action projects, yet worship still focusing on a more individualistic understanding of salvation. Why we need to acknowledge this, and other divisions
Chris Goswami summarises some of the trends in churches being enabled by new technology: real trends happening now, not in ten years’ time
This is a decade when Christians can be a voice for change for the elderly, says Louise Morse - and here's what I'd like to see happen
Why we have to form churches that are not based on what Christians like, but on what non-Christians need the church to be, writes Michael Shaw
This isn’t a survival ‘don’t rock the boat’ sort of mindset – but rather a reckless ‘nothing is impossible for God’ approach
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