Why did God test Adam with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?

“If God knew that Adam would fail the test and eat from the Tree, then wasn’t it unfair of him to set the test in the first place?” This is one of the questions we often get asked. The simple and short answer is “ He didn’t set a test” at least not in theContinue reading “Why did God test Adam with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil?”

Can I be a faithful follower of Jesus without attending church? (5 Reasons why the answer is “No”)

It is actually the wrong question to start with. Church is not a venue or an event that you attend. Church is the people of God. You don’t attend a church, you are part of the church. If you belong to Jesus then you belong to his family meaning that you are a member ofContinue reading “Can I be a faithful follower of Jesus without attending church? (5 Reasons why the answer is “No”)”

Simple

God is simple. That might be a surprising thing to say, shocking even.  We tend to use the word pejoratively.  In our world, simple is associated with inferiority and stupidity. In our world things move from simple to complex. So we had better sort out quickly what we mean by simple and complex in thisContinue reading “Simple”

Keswick non-conventional

Just back from Keswick. We were meant to be there for the convention but due to a little thing called COVID-19 the main event was cancelled. We had decided early on to keep our booking for the lodge we were meant to stay in. This was partly in hope of at least a break. AtContinue reading “Keswick non-conventional”

God, Change and Debate – a recent controversy revisited.

Back in late 2017/early 2018, I wrote a couple of articles about theological debate.  They were in response to a book recently published called “All that is in God” by James Dolezal where he took to task a number of notable theologians including John Frame, Don Carson and Wayne Grudem.  I have managed to digContinue reading “God, Change and Debate – a recent controversy revisited.”

Troublemaker (Proverbs 6)

 “I am a high ranking government official in [select country of choice] I have access to $5 million of funds that don’t really belong to anyone and our government does not deserve.  I want to get the money out of the county.  I just need a secure bank account to transfer the money into.  IfContinue reading “Troublemaker (Proverbs 6)”

How Theological College helped prepare me for Gospel ministry

I’m republishing some articles I wrote a little while back about training for urban ministry. I want to share a few thoughts here about the positives of formal theological education and why I recommend it.[1]  There’s a temptation to see training as primarily academic and therefore irrelevant to the day to day life of ministry. Continue reading “How Theological College helped prepare me for Gospel ministry”

Reforming Theological Training

This is an article from my previous blog that I wanted to reschedule to keep focus on this priority People who know me well will know that I have a particular concern for encouraging good quality theologically training, especially when it comes to potential pastors and planters in urban contexts. To be clear, my ownContinue reading “Reforming Theological Training”

Food from around the worldwide web (26/06/20)

4 ways not to be a jerk online – From the Gospel coalition. How we behave online matters What does the Bible say about leadership? – Specifically the NT. Ed Stetzer picks up on some themes for leaders in the Gospels, Romans and Titus. Bring Back Isaac Watts biggest hit I grew up in aContinue reading “Food from around the worldwide web (26/06/20)”