Mark Johnston
'Diversity' has become one of the buzzwords in evangelical Christianity in recent times. At one level, this is a good thing, but at another its trendy inclusion may come at an unwelcome price. Just as a perfectly good adjective like 'missional' became a cover for some less than...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The devil made the headlines in Britain earlier this month. On February 13th the General Synod of the Church of England genteelly voted him into retirement. In one sense it came as no surprise. The reference in its baptismal liturgy to fighting 'manfully against the world, the flesh and the...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
There has been a long-running debate in Christian circles generally and Reformed Christian circles in particular as to whether or not using images of Jesus in children's Bible story books, or for illustrations in children's talks, is a breach of the second commandment. It is a genuine...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
For some reason - possibly Superbowl Sunday - the past few weeks have seen a flurry of articles relating to the Sabbath being published online. As pastors across the US braced themselves for a major drop in attendance at their evening service [if they actually had one] it again raised the question...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The temptations of Christ are recorded in three out of the four Gospels, so clearly they are meant to highlight a significant component of Jesus' mission to save. But, despite their prominence in the Gospels, they have been subjected to a range of interpretations - some of which tend towards...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The last of the four challenges I believe the church is facing in this century takes us to the very heart of what it means to be a Christian and what differentiates authentic Christianity from that which is mere imitation. Although the other three challenges mentioned in my previous posts may be...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Over a year has passed since my family and I were forced to leave the US and return to Britain under rather unusual circumstances. We had moved to America in 2010 in response to a call from Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA for me to become its next Senior Pastor. Given that we had...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
It may seem more than a little strange to include this issue as one of the major challenges facing the church in the 21st Century, but the sad reality is that it is. The glaring evidence for this can be seen in the way the church in many parts of the world has allowed itself to be backed into a...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
In our first piece in this mini-series on challenges faced by the church in the 21st Century we considered the challenge of getting the gospel out to those who need to hear it. The main thrust of this is, of course, the verbal and propositional communication of God's message of redemption...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Not long ago I was asked to speak to a group of postgraduate students in Cambridge, England, on the subject of 'Challenges facing the 21st Century Church'. Some of these men were training for the ministry, others were elders and deacons in their church, all of us wanted to get a better...Continue reading.

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