How to make advent shine at your church

Advent is a fantastic ready-made theme – the light coming into the darkness of the world, complete with candles as a twinkly visual aid. The question is, how do we make it that little bit different from last year so that people keep listening? Fortunately others have walked there before and left us the fruits of their labours.

Have an ethical Christmas!

Could ethical gifts give you a new perspective this Christmas? As the economic conditions continue to looks gloomy and the factories of southern China struggle to cater for all our crazy advertisement-fuelled whims this festive season, the ethical gift catalogues blossom. Here is a pick.

Does your youth group have a legal name?

A Christian youth project in Sheffield has been threatened with legal action by an American Christian television station because its name is already registered by the station. Should a church have to check such names? Should big Christian organisations act this way?

Faith and science for beginners

If we are to understand the world we live in, we are going to need science to tell us how it works and faith to help us understand the meaning and purpose. The Test of Faith course goes beyond the increasingly entrenched opinions (think Dawkins and creationism) and helps people think intelligently about some of the most important issues of our time.

Twitter communion cancelled

When is communion not communion? When is the body of Christ too disembodied? Can a community be virtual? As its first Twitter Communion is called off the Methodist Church is struggling with some very modern theological questions.

My Gospel Right or Wrong

As an amusing diversion, take a dip into a blog which tells how “Frisby Independent Baptist Church has been fighting the forces of modernism, liberalism and decidedly suspect Anglo-Catholicism for four centuries.”. It made me smile anyway.

How Would Jesus Vote?

There is always an election coming, and elections don’t just change governments, they change everything. So, traditional marriage values? War against Climate Change? An end to multiculturalism? How Would Jesus Vote?