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Will the future have a church?

The Very Rev Dr James Simpson believes church history is a powerful reminder that the Kirk’s apparent death spiral could once again become a rising phoenix.
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IN A television play, two battle-weary nuns were having a bad day. “Let us face it,” said one, “Neither we nor God are up to it any more.” Some church members today are equally discouraged. What chance, they ask, does the church have against the onslaught of an aggressive secular media which consistently trivialises the Church’s message, ridicules traditional religious beliefs, and caricatures Christian standards of decency as the hang-up of obsessive prudes?

Some dispirited church members feel like the American who on hearing his case announced in court as ‘The state against John Smith’, muttered: “My God, what a majority.”

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In this month's issue: COMMUNION AND THE CHURCH - The place of sacrament ‘I SLEEP VERY WELL THESE NIGHTS’ - The high flying banker who became a minister WILL THE FUTURE HAVE A CHURCH - From death spiral to phoenix?