Search results for John Coleby

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Meet the team

The Evangelical Alliance has a dedicated team of staff, board and council members who work in Belfast, Glasgow, Cardiff and London, serving the church locally and nationally in order to help Christians and churches make Jesus known in society.


Losing our words and finding our voice

Politics/Losing our words and finding our voice

From imagining a “special place in Hell” for Brexiteers to celebrating a great Brexodus, great biblical themes of salvation and deliverance are being mined for slogans. Even the words of our Lord Jesus, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”, have been used as a political rallying cry. Our…

18 November 2019
John Coleby

Two steps forward, one step back? Asylum and religious freedom

Politics/Two steps forward, one step back? Asylum and religious freedom

Following the Home Office’s refusal of asylum to an Iranian Christian convert, our country’s response to those fleeing persecution for their faith is again under scrutiny. As the discussion continues, we look at the progress we’ve made on this in the past, and how we can still improve. According to…

28 March 2019
John Coleby

Missing God at Christmas

Theology/Missing God at Christmas

For example, nativity plays generally don’t depict all the denizens of Bethlehem who go to sleep, wake up and go about their business, completely ignoring the nativity taking place three doors down. And yet, surely part of the story is those who missed it: “He was in the world, and the world came…

19 December 2019
John Coleby

The Queen’s Speech: What’s there, what’s not and why it matters

Politics/The Queen’s Speech: What’s there, what’s not and why it matters

A major focus for the speech was the criminal justice system. Legislation was promised that will lengthen prison sentences and introduce measures to improve conditions in prisons and support ex-offenders. As many churches commemorate Prisons Week, it will be important for Christian organisations…

18 October 2019
John Coleby

Breaking down barriers

Society/Breaking down barriers

But, what if someone cannot access courts or advice and the protection they may offer? In this case, access to justice becomes as much an issue as the laws themselves. Bearing this in mind, how have Christians, children of a just God, approached this issue of access to justice and the problems…

29 August 2019
John Coleby

Is muscular liberalism on steroids?

Politics/Is muscular liberalism on steroids?

‘Muscular liberalism’ is a phrase which has prompted some discussion in recent weeks. Framed as the opposite of weak and passive multiculturalism, the term rose to prominence under David Cameron, who said in a 2011 speech: “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a…

15 March 2018
John Coleby

Pentecost and the constant mission of the church

Theology/Pentecost and the constant mission of the church

So, what can the account of Pentecost in Acts tell us about the nature of the church? Many preachers will go instinctively to Acts chapter 2, verses 42-47. There we get a description of the first Christian community which incorporates worship, teaching, prayer, generosity, hospitality, signs and…

28 May 2020
John Coleby

Thy Kingdom Come 2020: a time for prayer and action

Prayer/Thy Kingdom Come 2020: a time for prayer and action

The Book of Acts (1:6-11) begins with this: “[The disciples] gathered round Him and asked Him, ‘Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?’ He said to them, ‘It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when…

21 May 2020
John Coleby

Rise in prayer and religious service attendance to be met with a step up in our witness

Prayer/Rise in prayer and religious service attendance to be met with a step up in our witness

According to research launched by Tearfund, and conducted by Savanta ComRes, many in the UK are turning to prayer during the crisis. A third of UK adults (33 per cent) have prayed since the beginning of the pandemic. Of those surveyed, 30 per cent of 18-34 year olds pray regularly, compared to 25…

6 May 2020
John Coleby

Parliament and coronavirus: the work of select committees

Politics/Parliament and coronavirus: the work of select committees

An important way in which our Parliament does this is through select committees, which are groups of MPs or members of the House of Lords who focus on one area of government policy. There are quite a few currently looking at various aspects of COVID-19 and the Government’s response. Here ishow…

24 April 2020
John Coleby

Faith in Later Life: helping Christians to reach and serve older people

Mission/Faith in Later Life: helping Christians to reach and serve older people

To inspire and equip Christians to reach, serve and empower older people in every community during the pandemic, Faith in Later Life has a number of blog pieces on their website, which include reflections on what this current pandemic may mean for older people and how best to help them. Last week,…

17 April 2020
John Coleby

Holy Saturday: a time of waiting

Theology/Holy Saturday: a time of waiting

Holy Saturday is the traditional name for the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. We might have skipped over it in happier times; nothing much happens, after all, and it is primarily about waiting. But that is precisely why this Holy Week more than others, we may want to spend longer…

9 April 2020
John Coleby

Gambling with lives

Politics/Gambling with lives

The event coincided with the climax of the Big Step Campaign’s 100-mile walk, a campaign seeking to persuade football clubs to reassess their relationships with gambling companies, and support people addicted to gambling. The charity’s message in Parliament was stark. Since their last…

28 February 2020
John Coleby

Where in the world is it most dangerous to be a Christian?

Global/Where in the world is it most dangerous to be a Christian?

Its conclusions make difficult reading. One in eight Christians worldwide face persecution measured as extreme, very high or high - a six per cent increase from 2019. Violations of freedom of religion or belief were often reported in the course of last year – the case of Asia Bibi, for example. In…

16 January 2020
John Coleby

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