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Monday, 10 May 2021

Two new blogs just published

On building multicultural churches and the realm of God

Blog published on Psephizo


also available to download here


Is Britain Flagging?

In light of the prominence of the Union Jack in the news over recent months, Greg Smith considers the complex relationships between flag, state, and church.


also available to download here


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Monday, 14 December 2020

Just out another book review:

Book Review
Evangelicals: Who They Have Been, Are Now, and Could Be
edited by Mark A. Noll, David W. Bebbington, and George M. Marsden, Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2019, 336 pp., US$28.99 (pb), ISBN 978–0–8028–7695–9
Greg Smith
Pages 590-592 | Published online: 14 Dec 2020

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Friday, 4 December 2020

Trans-Atlantic Evangelicalism: Toxic, Fragmented or Redeemable? (2020)

  •  my paper just published today as a Temple Tract.

Trans-Atlantic Evangelicalism: Toxic, Fragmented or Redeemable? (2020)
Greg Smith

In the wake of the 2020 US presidential election, Greg Smith investigates the rapidly changing, and often fraught, nature of evangelical identity in both the US and the UK. Drawing on survey data from the Evangelical Alliance, Smith offers a nuanced picture of evangelical self-understanding in relation to British values, moral questions, contemporary politics and our current culture wars. What, asks Smith, is the future for evangelical identity on both sides of the Atlantic?

also out today a review of Chris Wright's new book
review: https://williamtemplefoundation.org.uk/blog-review-here-are-your-gods/

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Friday, 6 November 2020

My latest Book Review

Review of 'Race, Space and Multiculturalism in Northern England' by Shamim Miah, Pete Sanderson and Paul Thomas

6 Nov 2020 https://williamtemplefoundation.org.uk/blog-review-race-space-multiculturalism/

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Friday, 4 September 2020

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Just appeared: My 21st Century Evangelicals Research programme web page

Academic friends and those with an interest in research on evangelicalism in the UK will be pleased to know that (at last) I have archived and put together in a single web page portal all the findings, publication and resources from the 21st Century Evangelicals Research programme on which I worked from 2011 -2016 with you guys.. Do have a browse and bookmark it if it is helpful.

And to summarize the findings on a lighter note

I am the very model of a modern evangelical.

With Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan

I am the very model of a modern evangelical .

My beliefs and practices may look pretty fundamental

Our worship band is loud though their praise songs are unsingable

I love the word of God but my reading's just occasional

on a smartphone Bible app that my gran finds too technological

My sense of church belonging's increasingly ecumenical

I tend to charismatic and definitely not denominational

I like small groups and all things that simply are relational

My prayers are JUST – a tiny bit liturgical

Outreach to unbelievers is mostly ALPHAbetical

My doctrine of atonement is becoming controversial

and my social justice action's making me look rather radical

around food banks, refugees and the crisis environmental

though I don't need that with eschatology pre-millenial

but I often get confused now the world is multi-cultural

Our love's a hot potato when society's so sexual

though I hope Love wins and salvation's universal

though I fear that saying that will make me quite heretical

While the global church is growing at a speed that's just unmeasurable

and the minorities are bringing us fresh insights theological

while Americans are becoming idolatrously political

and embarrassing we Brits with their label "evangelical"

giving meanings to the E -word that sound like hypocritical

So maybe it is time to ditch the Bebbington quadrilateral

to seek to reinstate the GOOD news in our gospel. 

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