vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial

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Back in 2011 we were looking at the possibility of moving to two Sunday morning congregations. I’d personally been convinced by the passionate persuasion of a couple of leaders, however there were still some members that were unsure and some that were outright opposed. At one point I was even accused of personally seeking to… Continue reading vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial

How Theological College helped prepare me for Gospel ministry

Originally posted on Faithroots:
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…

escaping the (and avoiding a future) fuel crisis

What seemed to spark the fuel  crisis over the weekend was some choice statements from the petroleum industry and road hauliers with leaks and briefings to the media. Over the past 18 months we’ve noticed particular hiccups in the general supply chain and these appear to have intensified over the past few weeks. As I… Continue reading escaping the (and avoiding a future) fuel crisis

Reforming Theological Training

Originally posted on Faithroots:
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…

The righteous neighbour

Reflecting on the parable of the Good Samaritan the other day, I was struck by one particular thought. I’m not saying that this is the only, central or primary point -just something of interest.  For the man seeking to justify himself (prove his own self-righteousness), the question “who is my neighbour” was crucial. Now actually,… Continue reading The righteous neighbour

COVID-19 and the ethics of mask wearing

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Regular readers of will have seen my occasional risk assessment and advice posts concerning COVID-19.  In summary, my position through the summer has been that churches should seek to move cautiously towards full re-opening. In the short term this would mean Continuing to allow additional capacity to provide extra space for people to meet… Continue reading COVID-19 and the ethics of mask wearing

More on not so obviously useful knowledge

The Education Secretary’s announcement that efforts would be made to encourage Latin in schools has divided opinion. Some people have immediately welcomes this as an important part of raising standards and removing the stigma of Latin as an elitist subject. Others have argued that this is a waste of time, learning a dead language is… Continue reading More on not so obviously useful knowledge

On calling people liars

Last week, MP Dawn Butler was removed from the House of Commons for calling the Prime Minister a liar.   “What was the problem with her accusing him of lying?” you may well be asking. Isn’t Mr Johnson notorious for having a questionable relationship with the truth? Hasn’t that been the problem for him so… Continue reading On calling people liars