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‘Let no one who is not eager for truth and peace enter here’ (Plato)

Articles on this site express varying points of view, to encourage mature thinking on serious issues. The assumption is that you will want to study a controversial topic from various angles before you arrive at a conclusion, rather than simply believe what someone told you when you were impressionable! (So some stuff here is ‘hot’. Proceed at your own risk!). See the Statement of Faith for John Mark Ministries' theological stance.

Graham Tyson: a eulogy

A Son’s Eulogy for Graham Roland Tyson (Note from Rowland. I knew Graham and his family while I was pastor at Blackburn Baptist Church. This is an excellent eulogy by his very gifted son Paul).   In career terms Dad was not a climber. He was a good engineer but he had no interest in […]

People-skills: they’re different at work and elsewhere: be careful!

A Surprising Way to Ruin Your Personal Life The right tools for one job can blow up another. Published on April 13, 2014 by The Contemporary Psychoanalysis Group in Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Action By David Braucher, L.C.S.W., Ph.D. Many of us literally bring our work home with us, as our smartphones and other devices plug us in 24 […]

Mentoring: what young men crave without realizing it…

‘Mentoring is what young men crave without realising it’ A Band of Brothers shows disenfranchised youths a way to become better men – and make a better life for themselves and their families Nathan Roberts runs A Band of Brothers in Brighton. Photograph: Teri Pengilley Erwin James Saturday 28 June 201414.59 EST Being a man means […]

The Captain [sometimes] goes down with the ship…

[NY Times 19 April 2014] Ever since the Titanic sank on its maiden voyage, carrying its captain and many of the passengers with it, the notion that the captain goes down with his ship has been ingrained in popular culture. But now, for the second time in just over two years, a sea captain — […]

JOHN STOTT: A Tribute to a Mentor

By Rowland Croucher Who are the people who have influenced me most?  Intellectually: look at my 100 recommended books. (Note to myself: this needs updating). Maturationally: George Clark, my Sunday School teacher when I was a teenager. He alone helped me believe in myself. Ecclesiologically: probably Rev. (now Bishop) Dudley Foord. He gave me the […]

A Blessing for Carers

A friend sent this: quite encouraging for someone like myself at the moment, who’s caring for a wife battling cancer with the help of chemo/radiotherapy: See here: Cancer: What Works and What’s Crazy,  for more… ~~ Poem or blessing from John O’Donohue,  in your role as carer for Jan. In this fragile frontier place, your […]

Andrew Greeley: A Priest of Many Worlds

Sightings Father Andrew Greeley: A Priest of Many Worlds by Martin E. Marty Monday | June 03 2013 Father Andrew Greeley, who died last week, embodied “public” concerns in religion and theology. Fittingly, the University of Chicago’s David Tracy who is the “Greeley” Professor of Catholic Studies (Emeritus)—a chair endowed by Andrew—provided what has become […]

To a Special Person (why not send this to one?)

To a Special Person JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT’S CHRISTIAN PERSON WEEK AND YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO ALL BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE. When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’ When I say I […]

Andrew Greeley, by his friend Martin Marty

Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion The University of Chicago Divinity School Sightings 5/28/2012 Father Andrew Greeley — Martin E. Marty Sightings does not conventionally review books, but one book has been on my desk for months as a prompt for something on which I wanted to comment. This week, fortuitously, friend […]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer: theologian, Christian, martyr

Ten theses on Dietrich Bonhoeffer: theologian, Christian, martyr By Ray Anderson, Fuller Theological Seminary 1. Dietrich Bonhoeffer was a Christian theologian. Rather, one should say that he became a Christian theologian. Eberhard Bethge, his former student and biographer, notes the year 1933 as a “transition from theologian to Christian.” In 1936 Dietrich wrote to a […]