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The Fifty Shades Phenomenon

When E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey series became an international success, selling more than 70 million copies worldwide in 2012,[1] many were surprised at the phenomenon of women suddenly reading erotic fiction in public. Yet the escapism of romantic and erotic fiction was nothing new; Mills and Boon have been publishing such novels, aimed … Read more …

Announcing Crosslands research fellowships

It’s easy to persuade Christians in the UK that we need more pastors to reach more people in our nation with the good news of Jesus. But the need for more academic theologians is perhaps harder to contend for. In a context where theological education is sometimes seen as a luxury, we are seeing more … Read more …

Using our imaginations in a post-Christian world

How are we to speak for Jesus in a world that feels the gospel is passé, a prison, an oppressive relic we’d be better off without? Do we wall ourselves off in Christian bubbles? Do we attack and try to “win back the culture for Christ”? Oasis of Imagination explores a third path: the path … Read more …

Cultivate Programme Announcement

Whenever the church has flourished, Christians have thought carefully, deeply and biblically about how to honour Christ in all of life. As Augustine said, “Not everyone who thinks believes, since many think in order not to believe. But everyone who believes thinks, thinks in believing and believes in thinking.” Sadly, we live in a day … Read more …

Finding the Pulse; Feeling the Pull

‘Strange is clear that he is not interested in a superficial relevance; rather he wants to make substantial connections between these [magnetic] points and the gospel, which responds to each faint trace with absolute clarity. These points that people can’t stop talking about are the God-planted itches that only the gospel can scratch.’ John Woods, … Read more …