Saturday, June 25, 2005


International evangelist Billy Graham, who is 86 years old and in increasingly poor health, has addressed 60,000 people at New York’s Flushing Meadow as part of what will almost certainly be his last preaching tour – though he reportedly has still to decide whether to accept one final invitation to Britain.

Graham’s message was simple and hopeful. Eschewing the public controversies that have plagued American Christianity in recent years, he called on people to put their faith in Jesus Christ and to practice a way of life based on love rather than hate. He also said that poverty was the biggest problem facing humankind.

Billy Graham, perhaps the best known popular preacher of the twentieth century, has mellowed considerably in tone and approach over the years. He has acted as pastor and counsellor to ten US presidents, and has toured some 185 countries to preach before an estimated 210 million people.

Compromised by his earlier dalliance with the disgraced Richard Nixon, Graham, who is seen as a key figure in the worldwide evangelical movement, has subsequently distanced himself from the religious right and hard-line fundamentalism in the United States. [More]

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Friday, June 24, 2005


The Group for Evangelization of Churches Together in England has a newly developed web area here. GFE member David Spriggs of Bible Society is also a long-term consultant to MTAG. GFE has recently appointed Church Army officer Jim Currin as its executive secretary. He begins on 1st September 2005. Among current Group projects is one on 'Evangelising contemporary spiritualities'.

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A reader of this weblog has written in to recommend a website exploring different ways in which faith and reason have been handled in relation to one another throughout Christian history, and not least in recent science and religion discussions. The source is the University of Tenessee at Martin, USA.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005


The Rt Rev Ken Good, Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, has written to all parishes in his diocese urging Christians to 'get out more'.

Accompanied by a seven minute DVD which urges Christian presence at car boot sales, pub quizzes, and night clubs, his letter comes ahead of Church Army Sunday.

Church Army, the Anglican society of evangelists has made Get Out More the key theme for this year’s Church Army Sunday which will take place on 25th September.

A seven minute DVD has been produced to give churches an insight into how Church Army is reaching out with the gospel in relevant and effective ways, and special materials and fact sheets have been created on the Church Army website to help equip churches develop and effective Christian presence in a variety of situations.

"We all recognise the need for encouragement to be more outwardly focussed, and in this diocese we are well aware of how effective the Church Army is in helping our churches build valuable bridges into the community." [More here]

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Monday, June 20, 2005


The Mission Theology Advisory Group is working hard on a new website, to be launched in the autumn, which will translate much of the work on Sense Making Faith (and more) into a useable set of resources for church educators -- and for spiritual journeyers per se. The site will replace this weblog, which is more of a diarty-like collection point for issues of concern to MTAG members.

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