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Author Paul Beasley-Murray

Paul Beasley-Murray retired after 21 years of ministry as the senior minister of Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford in the United Kingdom. He is currently serving as the chairman and general editor of Ministry Today U.K. and as the chairman of the College of Baptist Ministers. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including “Living Out the Call,” a four-volume series on pastoral ministry.

The church has public rites of passage for life’s major events – birth, marriage and death. Perhaps we need more rites of passage, some of them private, for other life transitions. […] Read More

Should your church “go Coptic” on Christmas Eve? I love Christmas – and all the Christmas services. Yet, in the memory all too often one special service merges into another, and none really stands out. So, this question arises: How might we create a truly memorable Christmas Eve service? In respect of the Christmas Eve […] Read More

A Sept. 22 headline in The Telegraph proclaimed this: “Bible passage used to stop women become ordained ‘added later,’ academic claims.” The academic in question is Philip Payne, who in the October 2017 issue of “New Testament Studies” argues that 1 Corinthians 14:34 (“Women should be silent in the churches. For they are not permitted […] Read More

John Stott once declared, “All true Christian preaching is expository preaching.” In my judgment, he is right. And yet there is more to preaching than expounding a text. We need to know what God through the Bible is saying to us now. It is not enough to understand what God said hundreds of years ago. […] Read More

Grieving is part of the cost of loving and takes time. It is generally reckoned that the grieving process can take anywhere between two to five years, and in some cases even longer. Clearly, the latter part of the grieving process will not be as acute as the first few months. But thank God, time […] Read More

Some 2,000 years ago, Jesus said to a handful of disciples, “I will build my church and the powers of death shall not prevail against it” (Matthew 16:18). At the time, it must have seemed the strangest of promises, but today we can celebrate that Jesus has kept his promise. Down through the centuries, Jesus […] Read More

How do we build relationships with people of other faiths? The city of Chelmsford, England, in which I live is overwhelmingly white and overwhelmingly nominal Christian. There is, however, a small but growing Muslim community. As a result, we have two mosques – a larger one for Sunnis, and a very small one for Shias. […] Read More

The first chapter of Lamentations was the passage of the day during a recent Sunday morning “Breakfast with the Bible” session at our church. What a challenge for the visiting speaker who had accepted the invitation to speak and only then discovered what was expected of him. This passage at first sight has no good […] Read More

Should we stop using the term “disciple”? My attention was recently drawn to a book by Alison Morgan called “Following Jesus” with the interesting subtitle, “The Plural of Disciple is Church.” Morgan emphasizes the importance of discipleship. She says, “If the church is not about making disciples, it is not church. Discipleship is not something […] Read More

Recently, I read a local church notice board with a mixture of amusement and sadness. At the top of the notice board was its headline: “Presenting the unchanging Gospel of Jesus Christ in a relevant way to a changing world.” This was followed by a list of its activities: “Sunday: 10:30 – Morning Worship; 6:30 […] Read More