Generational Distance

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I recently participated in a workshop looking at Christians and the environment and one of the big themes was the need to engage on the topic due to its relevance to younger people. Three things stuck out for me.  First, we looked at data showing high proportions of young people expressing concern and even fear… Continue reading Generational Distance

Why I don’t like using quotes in sermons

I recently saw this little quote on Twitter. I think the general sentiment is true for preachers in that a bigger point is being made.  We need to ensure that the voices heard and examples used in church are not limited to narrow group of people within the church.  Do we use illustrations about women? … Continue reading Why I don’t like using quotes in sermons


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Co-incidentally at the same time that I was preparing the original post on Apologetics, I was also teaching a couple of Apologetics sessions at OM Lifehope. One student asked “What do I do when someone’s objection is that they are already happy and contented in life.” We talked through all the sorts of things you… Continue reading Happy

Creation, evangelism and apologetics

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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 pray… Continue reading Creation, evangelism and apologetics

Apologetics in its place and the need for Gospel reform of our culture

In the light of the Ravi Zacharias scandal, the debate has continued about what should happen to the vast empire of trusts and organisations that took his name.  The options so far have been: Disband all of the trusts quickly and completely Dissociate individual national trusts from the US one which is seen as the… Continue reading Apologetics in its place and the need for Gospel reform of our culture

Truth and Reason go together

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This tweet remains online, having been seen by the originator’s 60,000 followers and retweeted 146 times and liked 600 times (as of the 4th February 2021) This, despite the fact that several people have explained to the original poster that the claim was not in fact true.  It seems that instead of taking a few… Continue reading Truth and Reason go together

How God shows up in Jesus

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I’ve mentioned many times how helpful I’ve found Paul Williams and Barry Cooper’s approach to answering difficult questions helpful.[1] So often when we engage in apologetics we find ourselves wanting to take the person to Jesus and the Cross but find ourselves side tracked by complex apologetics. So I found it liberating when at a… Continue reading How God shows up in Jesus


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In this video, I describe Christmas as part of the evidence that points to the reality of the God who is Love, who created us and who is actively involved, even stepping down into history. I also said that that when it comes to apologetics, some people prefer to separate out proof of God’s existence… Continue reading Godless?

Apologetics during a Pandemic

Yesterday at Afternoon Tea, we talked about how we share our faith at a time like this and particularly about apologetics.  Apologetics is about being able to articulate reasons for what you believe. It is about being able to answer difficult questions, defend your position and also challenge the beliefs and presuppositions of others. As… Continue reading Apologetics during a Pandemic