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Most read opinions/reflections 2019 


Two blogs exploring longstanding questions asked of the Christian faith received the most attention in The Baptist Times in 2019. Why does God allow bad things to happen? written in the aftermath of the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka by Chris Goswami, received the most hits, closely followed by Colin Sedgwick's reflection on horrible passages in the Bible - Bad things in God’s word.



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1 Why does God allow bad things to happen? Ultimately not a question we can answer satisfactorily, but there are things we can say that might help. By Chris Goswami

2 Bad things in God’s word What are we, as followers of Jesus, to make of the horrible passages of the Bible? Colin Sedgwick offers a reflection on Judges 19

3 A new year, new possibilities September is a good time to consider the deeper change God longs for in our churches, writes Trevor Neill

4 A reflection for Maundy Thursday This is my body, this is my blood: With his words he held out broken bread and the cup of wine...

5 What can Christians do about knife crime? The view from a local church, by Dr Sally Mann, Minister of Bonny Downs Baptist Church in East London

6 Christians and the pursuit of perfection  Can we be real in our churches about the reality of mental health struggles?

7 Women in Ministry: still a sticking point? Ali Taylor was invited to create a mosaic at the recent Baptist International Conference on Theological Education

8 The difference a church can make  Faith Bowers on the impact of Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church's support for her son Richard throughout his 50 years

9 Nurturing the gift of a listening ear In this age where social media has diminished communication skills, there is an even greater need to listen well

10 The radical economics of scripture Our economic system is fundamentally unjust. Can we imagine a just economics in line with the grace of scripture?


 
Baptist Times, 16/12/2019
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?Retirement is an opportunity to discover new ways of living that fullness of life that Jesus promised, writes Paul Beasley-Murray
Let's reclaim the art of storytelling in our churches, writes Steve Morris
I would like to encourage you to lay down your aspirations before God, writes David Morris. Until we surrender all, we will remain the rulers of our own lives.
Batting for the Poor, the authorised biography of the former Bishop of Liverpool and Test cricketer, David Sheppard, has just been published. Here the author, Andrew Bradstock, reflects on his subject and why he wrote the book
Jon Kuhrt has lived in Streatham for 17 years, and led a youth group at Streatham Baptist Church on Sunday afternoon (2 February). He offers these thoughts following the stabbings in his community
We know in our heads what we believe about God, but the life of His Spirit feels remote - how do we restore harmony between our lives in Christ and our lives in this world? By Anne Le Tissier
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