‘Following Jesus on the margins’ is the strapline of the Crucible course, now in its eighth year. Six weekends of training, based in Birmingham, offer church pioneers, church planters and urban missioners opportunities to learn together and share experiences.
The origins of Christianity are in a dynamic and free movement around Jesus, but much of its history is bound up with institutional religion, says Simon Barrow. The challenge is to continue to respond to the transformative impulse of the Gospel, even in the midst of organisation and complexity.
The resurrection of Christ is not an argument to be had but a life to be lived, says Rowan Williams. We need to hear what is so often the question that's really being asked when people ask, 'How do you know?'
The Gospel has been much talked about but practically sidelined under Christendom, says Jonathan Bartley. Rediscovering the radicalism of Jesus' message is vital to the recovery of a proper public role for Christian faith.
Bishop Peter Price of Bath & Wells, who has been forthright in his opposition to war and global poverty, has said that people who ignore Jesus' teachings but turn him into a morsel of personal comfort are 'cupcake Christians'.