New Wine 2013 – reflections on a charismatic conference

I can’t see myself ever going to New Wine – and my husband would sooner eat old socks. Mouldy, moth-eaten old socks. But I have friends who love it – and I love and respect them. Last year I went to a Taize service with one of them and she couldn’t stand it – but she saw that I loved it.

So this is my considered theological analogy: I love smoked mussels. My husband says they make him want to throw up. Frank loves mushrooms. I detest even the scent of them yet I’m pretty sure God made us each the way we are and (even more amazing) loves us no less.

Despite our quirks 😉



“The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.”

Mark 2:27

The Evangelical Liberal

The last week of July perhaps somewhat surprisingly saw me and family in a large tent at the Royal Bath & West Showground, Somerset, for the 25th annual New Wine conference (and I think the 9th I’ve been at).

New Wine is an Anglican renewal movement and conference that grew out of John Wimber’s ministry in the 1980s. It’s thoroughly and unashamedly evangelical charismatic, with a strong emphasis on ministry in the gifts and power of the Holy Spirit.

The yearly week-long conference is attended by 10 – 15,000 enthusiastic Christians and bears some passing resemblance to other UK Christian gatherings like Spring Harvest, the Keswick Convention, the now-defunct Stoneleigh Bible Week, and the Greenbelt festival. But New Wine is unique for its focus on big worship meetings and prayer ministry. Our family call it ‘praising Jesus in a field’.

Evangelical Liberal it certainly isn’t. There was…

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