Questioning curiosity

Here’s an interesting one.  Jemar Tisby wrote: Now, perhaps ironically, that in itself raises a whole load of questions that his approving audience don’t seem to be asking. The first one is this.”  How would people have reacted if we replaced the words ‘white’, ‘evangelical’ and questions’ in that sentence?” A second question would be,… Continue reading Questioning curiosity

Don’t make it about …

In my other article this morning I talk about the grief and mourning process thinking about what happens when this happens in a wider public context. Of course one of the emotions that can be part of grief (though doesn’t always have to be) is anger. I don’t think there has been much of that… Continue reading Don’t make it about …

Healing The Divides (Book Review)

This is the second book I’ve read and reviewed this summer talking about a divide affecting the church. The first focused on class divides and this one is about race. Jason Roach and Jessamin Birdsall write against the back drop of the recent #BlackLivesMatter movement and the response to George Floyd’s murder. Jason writes as… Continue reading Healing The Divides (Book Review)

Why we cannot stay silent when antisemitism turns up in church

Another day and another church scandal relating to an evangelical leader drops into the mainstream news. As with the recent abuse scandals, the Stephen Sizer case has been rumbling away within conservative evangelical circles especially on social media and blogs.  Like with the other cases, the frustration felt by those who have been campaigning to… Continue reading Why we cannot stay silent when antisemitism turns up in church

You don’t have to be a Marxist to be against racism

Last week, Together For the Gospel (T4G) held their final conference. T4G has been going for a number of years now and was set up by Al Mohler, Mark Dever and Legon Duncan.  So what? You ask. Conferences and conventions come and go. This may have been a big one in the States, but all… Continue reading You don’t have to be a Marxist to be against racism

Cake, pronouns and the main thing

In this week’s podcast Was Boris Johnson ambushed with a birthday cake and was it pre-meditated? US pastors Tom Buck, Owen Strachan and Thabiti Anyabwile get into a spat over the use of a pronoun! We’ll be talking about how not to get distracted or lost in the detail but to listen out for and… Continue reading Cake, pronouns and the main thing

The hermeneutical foul

If you’ll indulge me, I want to say a little bit more about the recent debate that followed that Jonathan Leeman article.  The article and the aftermath raised important questions about how we read and hear what others are saying, including God’s Word but also how we read and hear what each other are saying.… Continue reading The hermeneutical foul

Misunderstood? When symbols are taken the wrong way

Last Sunday we watched with bated breath as the England players stood up to take their penalties.  I must admit that as soon as I saw Marcus Rashford do that fancy wiggle and pause that I thought we were in trouble.  My reaction was “what were you thinking?” And I’m sure I’m not alone. His… Continue reading Misunderstood? When symbols are taken the wrong way

If you don’t want to be a racist then don’t intimidate and cajole British Jews over what is happening in Israel

Journalist Nazanin Zagari-Ratcliffe remains imprisoned in Iran.  I have Iranian friends. I would not dream of calling them up and demanding that they condemn the Iranian regime.  Of course, I suspect that given their reason for coming to the UK was to seek asylum, I suspect that they wouldn’t hesitate to condemn Iran in far… Continue reading If you don’t want to be a racist then don’t intimidate and cajole British Jews over what is happening in Israel

It’s not a left-wing thing to be against racism and antisemitism

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Occasionally people have a go at labelling my political leanings. Fascinatingly, I’ve been identified as “left-wing” on a few occasions recently. Now, whilst I try to stay clear of party political endorsements on Faithroots, I do touch on matters of public policy including economics, freedom of speech, etc. You may draw your own conclusions on… Continue reading It’s not a left-wing thing to be against racism and antisemitism