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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.

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

Scripture should be central in worship, and Anglican services do precisely that. So says David Kennedy in his book, “Understanding Anglican Worship.” In support of this contention, he quoted John Wesley, “I believe there is no liturgy in the world, either in ancient or modern language, which breathes more of solid, Scriptural, rational piety, than […] Read More

“Change,” said John F. Kennedy, “is the law of life. And those who look to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” What is true of life, in general, is true of churches, too. As has often been said, the seven last words of a dying church are, “We have never done […] Read More

Church growth is back on the agenda – not the 1970s variety from the U.S., but rather the new style espoused by the Church of England. I had the joy of reading recently “What Makes Churches Grow? Vision and Practice in Effective Mission” by Bob Jackson, director of the Church Growth Centre attached to St […] Read More

Unlike most ministers, I was ordained as a missionary. At the end of my theological studies, instead of going into a church, I joined the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS World Mission). Before sailing for the Congo, I was ordained to fulfill the Great Commission to “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them and […] Read More

Ministers are accountable to God for the exercise of their ministry (see 1 Corinthians 4:1-4; Galatians 1:10; Hebrews 13:17). Therefore, they have a responsibility to exercise their ministry in a way that is responsive to the spirit’s leading. But ministers are also accountable to the church. Just as Paul and Barnabas gave an account of […] Read More

In the week that dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer in Britain, declared that obesity is now so common that society is “normalizing being overweight,” I attended a ministers’ meeting where two-thirds of those present were grossly overweight. I was shocked. Before I begin, however, let me make three preliminary remarks: 1. Although my belly […] Read More