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What Bible version should we use?

WHAT VERSION SHOULD WE USE? Baptist Times 16 March 2006 Years ago it was so simple. There was only one version of the Bible: the Authorised Version, or – as our American cousins call it – the King James Bible. As a result we all used the same Bible. Today, ...

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Larger Churches Conference Report

Larger Churches Conference Report Ministry Today 38: November 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray Senior Pastor of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chairman of Ministry Today This is an unusual item for Ministry Today. It is the report of a ‘staff college’ for Baptist senior ministers (and a few Anglicans) at Mulberry ...

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Sabbatical insights on churches in NZ & Australia

Sabbatical Insights Lessons from a Different Western Culture Ministry Today 37: July 2006 2. Leaders need to lead 1. It’s good to remain dissatisfied By Paul Beasley-Murray Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chair of Ministry Today I‟ve just returned from a three-month sabbatical in Australia and New ...

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Sabbaticals

A Personal Reflection on Sabbaticals Ministry Today 36: March 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford, and Chair of Ministry Today For many years the Baptist Union, as I imagine most other denominations, has encouraged its ministers to take a three-month period of sabbatical every seven ...

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Wedding Reflections

WEDDING REFLECTIONS Baptist Times 16 February 2006 This past year we had eight weddings in our church. Only two of the couples were committed Christians – and even then, in both instances the marriage involved a Christian from another church. In four instances the wedding involved a Christian marrying a ...

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To welcome or to pray?

TO WELCOME OR TO PRAY? Baptist Times 12 January 2006 One of my abiding memories of church as a child was to see the deacons parade into the church with the minister just before the service. Yes, parade was the term. They marched in with heads held high, a fixed ...

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There is Hope!

THERE IS HOPE! Baptist Times 13 April 2006 The ancients of Greece and Rome knew how to enjoy themselves in the present, but the thought of the future struck a chill into their hearts. Old age was dreaded - not because it might lead to senility, but because it would ...

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The Indispensable Church Handbook

THE INDISPENSABLE CHURCH HANDBOOK Baptist Times 6 April 2006 At one stage our church handbook was equivalent to the Lamb’s Book of Life. It only contained the names of the ‘elect’, i.e. the church members. Furthermore, its contents were deemed confidential and were not for the eyes of any non-members! ...

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Thank God for Powerpoint

THANK GOD FOR POWERPOINT! Baptist Times 30 March 2006 The very first ministers’ conference I attended was in 1973 when Tom Houston, then the Director of the Bible Society, used an overhead projector. I was totally captivated by the opportunities for communication offered by this machine, with the result that ...

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Reflections on 12 years' worth of funerals

PERSPECTIVES - REFLECTIONS ON TWELVE YEARS’ WORTH OF FUNERALS Quadrant , May 2006 In the 12 or so years I have been pastor of my present church, I have conducted 130 funerals – on average just over ten a year. Some years are busier than other years – amazingly last ...

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Pastors' kids are a special breed

PASTORS’ KIDS ARE A SPECIAL BREED Baptist Times 9 February 2006 In American parlance, ‘PKs’ are pastors’ kids. They are a special breed. I know, because I was one. Yes, my father was a pastor for the first six years of my life. In his first church my sister and ...

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Names are Important

NAMES ARE IMPORTANT Baptist Times 19 January 2006 For me one of the most wonderful verses in the Bible is John 10.3, where we read that the Good Shepherd ‘calls his own sheep by name’. Jesus is concerned doesn’t need to know my reference number – he knows me by ...

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Ministers' Wives

MINISTERS’ WIVES Baptist Times 2 February 2006 Forgive me for being sexist, but I want to write about ministers’ wives – and in particular about one minister’s wife. Years ago I was married to the perfect minister’s wife. She was the real MacCoy! She was President of the Women’s Meeting ...

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Let's all celebrate! (Weddings)

LET’S ALL CELEBRATE! (Weddings) Baptist Times 23 February 2006 I love parties. I love any excuse for a celebration. To my mind, in a world which is so often marked by pain and suffering, the more we can accentuate the positive and in turn celebrate, the better. As a result ...

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How do we reach the new City Dwellers?

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How do people come to Church?

HOW DO PEOPLE COME TO CHURCH? Baptist Times 26 January 2006 Some years ago John Finney wrote a highly significant report, Finding Faith Today: how does it happen? (Bible Society 1992) in which he drew attention to the important role family and friends play in people becoming Christians. Of the ...

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Counting for something?

COUNTING FOR SOMETHING? Baptist Times 23 March 2006 The other Sunday we were singing ‘I want to serve the purpose of God in my generation’. The words are ambitious, and all the more so as each verse contains the statement: “I want to give my life for something that’ll last ...

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Bringing Bibles to Church

BRINGING BIBLES TO CHURCH Baptist Times 9 March 2006 Indeed, it wasn’t after the invention of the printing press that Bibles began to find their ways into people’s homes. For most of the church’s history people have listened, rather than followed, the reading of Scripture – although they have also ...

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A five star experience of church (Editorial)

Editorial - a Five- Star Experience of Church Ministry Today 38: November 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray On one of my summer holiday Sundays this year, I went to church. Actually that is quite unusual for me, for more often than not the places where we go for holiday are not ...

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Is disempowerment necessary to the healing process

Disempowerment and Healing An experience of hospitalization Ministry Today 37: July 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray Two days ago I returned home after having spent my very first three nights in hospital. Grateful as I am for the care shown to me, I confess that I returned home questioning one aspect ...

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Effective Evangelism Today

Effective Evangelism Today Ministry Today 37: July 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chair of Ministry Today Churches in Britain are finding it more and more difficult to engage in effective evangelism, with the result that fewer and fewer people are becoming Christians. According ...

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Keep On Believing in God (John 14.1) – A Funeral Sermon

Keep on Believing in God A funeral sermon Ministry Today 38: November 2006 By Paul Beasley-Murray Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford and Chair of Ministry Today Let‟s be honest: Elinor‟s death was and is a tragedy. She was only in her early 60s. By rights she should have ...

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Reflections on 12 years worth of funerals

PERSPECTIVES - REFLECTIONS ON TWELVE YEARS’ WORTH OF FUNERALS Quadrant, May 2006 In the 12 or so years I have been pastor of my present church, I have conducted 130 funerals – on average just over ten a year. Some years are busier than other years – amazingly last year ...

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Getting the balance between accuracy and accessibility

CHURCHES NEED TO GO ‘DOWN-MARKET’! The birth of Jesus: Matthew 1.18-24 Authorised Version (1611) Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost. Then Joseph her husband, ...

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Paul is the chairman of Ministry Today, as also the College of Baptist Ministers, and from 1993 – 2014 was Senior Minister of Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford. He can be contacted at paul@paulbeasleymurray.com.

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