By: Paul Beasley-Murray Christmas Eve services are a meaningful time but too often each one seems to merge into the other. None really stands out. To create a memorable Christmas Eve service, consider going Coptic.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray For those of us who are fit and well and who lead busy lives, it's all too easy to "pass by on the other side" of our elderly neighbors. Some are in nursing homes, others have lost spouses and friends. Many are alone.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Grieving is a complex process and is different for each one of us. The Orthodox culture's approach to the grief process can offer some practical help to Western Christians struggling with the loss of a loved one.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray When it comes to church growth, Jesus is no magician. He builds his church through Christians who share their faith joyfully with others. But leaders have a key role to play in church growth.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Lamentations 1 offers no remedy for the world's pain. It is a chapter of unalleviated woe, full of loss and suffering. And yet, this side of the cross, we inevitably link this chapter with the passion of Jesus.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray The word 'disciple' occurs frequently in the Gospel and Acts, but not in the letters of Peter, Paul, James or John. A disciple represents an individual, but the plural of disciple is church.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Many churches are trapped in a time-warp, unable to relate to the culture around. They may make small changes, but they're impenetrable to the outside world. It's time to recalibrate.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray The reading of the Scriptures had been downgraded in our churches and our homes. Our congregations are becoming increasingly biblically illiterate. Therefore, we need to bring back the Bible to church.
By: Paul Beasley-Murray Pastors should be prepared to give an account of their ministry to the lay leaders of their churches. Here are six ways that pastors and churches can build trust and transparency.