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Gypsies moving from fortune-telling to Christ

At a time when large numbers of people are drifting away from formal religion, the “traveller church” movement ‘Light & Life’ is bucking the trend. Its members have given up drinking alcohol, lying and fortune-telling and many have even abandoned their traditional Catholic faith. This Pentecostal movement, which is Gypsy-led, […]

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What when ‘faith schools’ serve the public good?

I’ve tried to set out some of the issues posed by faith schools and their impact on the church school. It’s now time to hear from someone who sees good practice and believes such schools actually serve the public good. So over to a friend of mine – Canon Dr […]

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Ofsted – state regulator of religion?

Just before Christmas I spoke on Islam at a Christian training college. To do so I am now required by law to fill in a form ensuring I won’t stir up religious hatred. Church youth events are also coming under the scrutiny of anti-radicalisation measures. This blog piece describes where […]

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Why I disagree with faith schools (No.7)

This topic has received the best post-bag ever! People are split down the middle on the issue for and against. I find it’s hard to persuade busy people to do a guest blog BUT they are happier to respond to something they question in mine; so the plan is that […]

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‘Faith schools’ – Ofsted tries to crack down (No.6)

Another reason why I disagree with faith schools is that poor practice is used by right-wing elements to attack faith in public space when faith schools aren’t run to the nationally agreed standard. This edited report shows how when the Department of Education tries to shut down poorly run faith […]

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Why I disagree with “faith schools” (Part 5)

The following questions (in bold) have been put to me in response to earlier blogs on ‘faith schools’. They are further evidence that we all bring a mental map to the issue about how the world works – or we would like it to work. 1.            If we want religious […]

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Why I disagree with “faith schools” (Part 4)

A reader kindly sent me a brochure of a Christian organisation that promotes the ‘extraction’ of the children of Christians from state schools, in order to place them in a Christian Schools or else to home-school them. I believe children are ‘socialised’ by exposure to others. Here are some points […]

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Why I disagree with “faith schools” (Pt3)

When I first said I disagreed with faith schools I assumed people understand my reasons – but not so. One reaction accused me of ‘siding with the humanists and atheists’ against faith-schools. So I’m now responding to the accusation. We all have a mental picture of how the world works […]

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Ministry among Muslims – a ‘commodity’? (Part 2)

Some ministry initiatives among Muslims only survive due to external funding. But how can we stay aligned with the ‘nature’ of the gospel itself when putting money into mission. I continue below, an edited report by a western worker in the Middle East who has observed first-hand the dark-side of […]

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Ministry among Muslims – a ‘commodity’? (Part 1)

On 11 October 2016 I blogged on ‘The problem with western missionaries’. The edited version below is from a western mission worker in the Middle East who has witnessed first-hand the dark-side of the interface between ‘mission’ and ‘money’. He also suggests what we can do about it.   Some […]

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