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Hard Pews, Boring Sermons and No Loos!

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Popular author John Cox offers suggestions why fewer people are going to church these days and where the church needs to take action.
Excuses and reasons why people don't go to church

Popular author John Cox offers suggestions why fewer people are going to church these days and where the church needs to take action.

In the first part of the book he looks at the main reasons people give - some of them may even be just excuses but should not be ignored by churches.

The second part of the book considers the impact of the consumerist society and the scientific revolution on people’s beliefs and behaviour.

The book concludes with insights from the incarnation, crucifixion and resurrection that offer ways forward and reminders of what must not be lost.
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Product Code1501510
NameHard Pews, Boring Sermons and No Loos!
SupplierKevin Mayhew
AuthorJohn Cox
ISBN9781848678248
Barcode9781848678248
Short DescriptionPopular author John Cox offers suggestions why fewer people are going to church these days and where the church needs to take action.
Pack Size1
Size234mm x 154mm
Count84 Pages
CoverPaperback
Date Published5 Feb 2016
Lead Time3 weeks (approx.) if out of stock
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If the title makes you squirm, you still wont find a better summary of the kind of comments that we've all heard Review by Church Times
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The Ven. John Cox a former Archdeacon of Sudbury, touches an Anglican nerve that already seems over-inflamed in 'Hard Pews, Boring Sermons and No Loos!' Excuses and reasons why people don't go to church*.

If the title makes you squirm, you still wont find a better summary of the kind of comments that we've all heard, from "They're all so judgemental" to the charge the services are "irrelevant". The author urges us to attend to what people are saying, although he doesn't have easy answers to everything.

Refreshingly, too he looks at economic and social issues, and doesn't just write to dismiss traditional worship and worshippers as past their Use By date, or admonish those whose lavatories and seating don't match up to the average multiplex.

The "lively" brigade can put people off, too, he acknowledges. "The anxiety may not be where to find what is happening next. The more "interactive" the service is, the greater the anxiety may be..." Modern hymns may strike the visitor as "over-simplistic".

In the torrent of literature on church decline and growth, this is a book that might interest a PCC, a deanery synod in need of something to get its juices flowing, or someone seeking an excuse for skipping church. It's short enough to read during those boring sermons, or in the loo. Oh, sorry, there isn't one.
(Posted on 07/06/2016)

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Since ordination, nearly 40 years ago, John has been a parish priest; Senior Selection Secretary at Church House, Westminster; Director of Ordinands, and  Canon  at  Southwark Cathedral;

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