“I know that you seek Jesus”

On Easter Sunday, I wrote about the very first words uttered after the resurrection “Do not be afraid.”  Today I want to draw you to the next thing that the angel said at the time (Matthew 28:5): “I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified” Well, certainly they were looking for the body ofContinue reading ““I know that you seek Jesus””

Scandalised

One of the really sad things about recent abuse scandals in the church is the way they mirror some of the horrific things we see in the world around us.  We should be able to respond and to offer something that is beautifully counter cultural.  Yet instead, we are seen to ape some of theContinue reading “Scandalised”

Don’t be presumptuous about the future

Do you know what today is the anniversary of? It’s probably not a biggy in most people’s calendars but today marks the anniversary of John Major’s return to Downing Street having narrowly won the 1992 General Election contested on the 9th April.  It was an election he was expected to lose and even up untilContinue reading “Don’t be presumptuous about the future”

Authentic Accounts

One of the apologetic challenges that some of us have had to engage with from time to time is that the four different accounts of the resurrection contradict each other.  One helpful way of responding is to put together a harmonised account, on the one hand that isn’t too easy because, despite the claims, theContinue reading “Authentic Accounts”

Conservative evangelical theology SHOULD mean there is no excuse for abuse

Predictably, one of the responses to two high profile cases of abuse has been for some to identify a specific problem with conservative evangelicalism and therefore with its underlying theology..  conservative evangelical, or more properly, “Reformed Theology” holds that. God is the great and glorious Lord, the Triune God who is love, holy and just. Continue reading “Conservative evangelical theology SHOULD mean there is no excuse for abuse”

#churchtoo, abuse bullying and culture – let’s have the conversation

In the light of the Timmis, Fletcher, Smyth and RZIM reports, there does seem to be a level of willingness amongst church and network leaders to talk about church culture and how we encourage reformation in this area. I will be including some more articles next week addressing this subject further but at this stage,Continue reading “#churchtoo, abuse bullying and culture – let’s have the conversation”

Finding the right hill to die on in practical pastoral leadership

I’ve been enjoying reading Gavin Ortlund’s “Finding the right hill to die on” about theological triage. The concept of Theological Triage was coined by Al Mohler to describe how Christians go about distinguishing first, second and third order issues. In other words, there are theological issues that are central to the Gospel itself, it isContinue reading “Finding the right hill to die on in practical pastoral leadership”

So how do we get back to in person gatherings for ALL sooner?

This is a follow up article to this morning’s article on Vaccine passports.  My aim in writing that article was to get us thinking about how we open up for in person meeting sooner, with the aim for all who wish to gather in person to do so. My aim is to enable church familiesContinue reading “So how do we get back to in person gatherings for ALL sooner?”