Because I say so? -what should I do with my doubts?

In presuppositional apologetics[1] one of the key arguments deployed for why we can trust the Bible is the claims that Scripture makes about itself. The basis for this argument is tht at some point, we have to accept that there is a final authority, an ultimate arbiter on belief. The question is “who” or “hatContinue reading “Because I say so? -what should I do with my doubts?”

Will War ever cease?

Introduction The First World War was meant to be the war to end all wars. The world was shocked by the extent of cruelty and suffering experienced.  Organisations like The League of Nations and later the UN were meant to bring war to an end. Sadly history tells us that human efforts to bring WorldContinue reading “Will War ever cease?”

Can I trust the Bible?

Can I trust what I’m reading?  It’s an important question -especially if you are reading out the winner of the Oscar for best film! Actually, that probably doesn’t matter too much but what about a prescription for medicine, a repair manual, a letter from the Home Office? You want to know that those documents tellContinue reading “Can I trust the Bible?”

Why does God allow suffering?

This is a big question.  It’s big because it raises philosophical questions about God’s goodness (love, wisdom etc.) and his greatness (sovereignty, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence). Why do good things happen to bad people? How can a God of love tolerate suffering? God is sovereign -can’t stop the suffering If God is a God of loveContinue reading “Why does God allow suffering?”

No! Paul wasn’t infiltrating Christianity to destroy it

Every so often an attempt is made to place a wedge between the apostle Paul and Jesus Christ.  The standard argument is that the Gospels present us with Jesus as the founder of a Jewish apocalyptic with limited appeal beyond ethnic Jews either within Palestine or in the diaspora across the Empire. Paul innovated byContinue reading “No! Paul wasn’t infiltrating Christianity to destroy it”

Creation, evangelism and apologetics

I want to say a few words now about how our Doctrine of Creation and the Fall affects our approach to Apologetics.  Creation reveals God and leaves us without excuse This theme is picked up particularly by the Apostle Paul in Acts 14, Acts 17 and Romans 1. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas prayContinue reading “Creation, evangelism and apologetics”

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”

Why did Jesus Rise (Colossians 2:12 and 3:1-11)

A couple of days ago we raised two important questions: Why did Jesus die? Why did Jesus rise? When we looked at the first question, we saw that it was important for Christians because we want to follow Jesus and there are two challenges along the way The temptation to sin The threat of falseContinue reading “Why did Jesus Rise (Colossians 2:12 and 3:1-11)”

Dead people don’t come back to life

A little while back, I discussed a tweet from Professor Alice Roberts who is the professor of Public Engagement with Science at the University of Birmingham  Here’s the professor’s offering for Easter 2021 which she shared on Good Friday. Some people took offence to the tweet. The professor is entitled to her views, they arguedContinue reading “Dead people don’t come back to life”

Friday is here

There’s a famous sermon that has the rhetorical line that says “It’s Friday … but Sunday’s coming”  You can listen here. It’s powerful stuff and helpfully points us forward to the good news of the resurrection. I’m sure the words have sustained many people in the dark hours of trouble. Indeed, I owe my emphasisContinue reading “Friday is here”