Contextual visions and dreams

If you’ve not had chance to yet, do have a listen to last week’s Faithroots Podcast where I was talking to Jonny Mellor of Church Central and Sputnik. Jonny helpfully gets us thinking about the way that Christians should engage with the arts and culture generally. In the conversation we talk about Daniel as a… Continue reading Contextual visions and dreams

Return of the King -download

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I love the book of Revelation. The imagery in the book is vivid, the plotline exciting and this book keeps pointing to our certain hope in Christ and the wonders of future new creation. However, it’s an often misunderstood and misused book. Revelation has become the scene of many unseemly scraps between Christians becoming dogmatic… Continue reading Return of the King -download

Mike Ovey

It’s five years ago since the shocking news that Mike Ovey had been taken from us suddenly.  Although there has been the constant comfort that he is with the Lord which is a better thing, Mike is still sorely missed.  He’s missed by many as a friend. Although Mike was an academic theologian and principal… Continue reading Mike Ovey

What would vocational training for pastors/planters look like?  (Part 2) Syllabus/Curriculum

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I’ve been sharing a little bit more about my desire to see churches planted and replanted in urban contexts. My own particular concern is for the urban West Midlands including north and east Birmingham, The Black Country and Wolverhampton. I believe that such an effort is going to need a lot more people from a… Continue reading What would vocational training for pastors/planters look like?  (Part 2) Syllabus/Curriculum

Why did Jesus have to be born of a virgin?

I wonder if you’ve been asked that question.  “Why did Mary have to be a virgin?”  I wonder how you would answer it? The liberal and sceptical answer is that he didn’t and he wasn’t. There was no literal virgin birth.  The argument is that Jesus was just an ordinary child born out of wedlock,… Continue reading Why did Jesus have to be born of a virgin?

On what do we base our belief in human rights?

In my article on vaccine passports, I argued that I was unconvinced by the argument that vaccine passports would be a major breach of human rights. I thought therefore that it might be worth leaning a little further into that and get us thinking more about the question of human rights. A good few years… Continue reading On what do we base our belief in human rights?

Taking America Back for God (Review)

There’s been a lot of heated discussion about four authors and books over the past few weeks.  The debate follows an article by David Gushee citing them as significant authors in a recent movement that is redefining and redescribing Evangelicalism -something he talks about in terms of a deconstruction project.  These are Kristen Kobes Du… Continue reading Taking America Back for God (Review)

We are talking but are we hearing each other?

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I’ve written recently about the discussion concerning “evangelical deconstruction.” I’ve also in the past picked up on aspects of the debate including reactions to articles from people like Kevin DeYoung and John Piper as well as books such as “The making of Biblical Womanhood.” Part of the problem I think is that we have the… Continue reading We are talking but are we hearing each other?

The hermeneutical spiral

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One of the things we’ve been exploring is the challenge that comes when reading Scripture. The problem is that although God’s Word is objectively true, infallible, inerrant and clearly revealed, we are finite, affected by The Fall, conditioned by our own culture and experience. The result is that we bring all of those things into… Continue reading The hermeneutical spiral

Baptism, conscience and what I personally will do

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This is the third and final part of my response to Steve Kneale’s article on baptism, sin and conscience. There are other things I could pick up on from it. For example, I think Steve has over-laboured on trying to fit people to specific labels for example. I don’t think that works. There will be… Continue reading Baptism, conscience and what I personally will do