Laying down your life for your friends in a pandemic

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Throughout the pandemic, pastors have found themselves under fire from two sides. For some, every decision to conform with guidelines, providing online services, introducing social distancing, asking people to wear masks has been seen as an act of compromise with the state driven by fear of death. Thy are told that they should not fear… Continue reading Laying down your life for your friends in a pandemic

Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges

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One of the saddest things in Christian life is when you meet or hear about people, sometimes within the same church who have not spoken for years. Similarly you can even discover churches where there has been rivalry going on since a split decades ago.  Sometimes Christians will disagree sharply. The Apostle Paul disagreed with… Continue reading Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges

Centred or boundaries?

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When we first moved to Bearwood, I had the opportunity to link up with other pastors for fellowship but there were a couple of groups operating, so which one was I meant to choose?  There was a Black Country Group and a Birmingham group. Initially it seemed to make snse to join with the Black… Continue reading Centred or boundaries?

Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

If you were to list the top 3 doctrines you believe first of all in terms of what is necessary to salvation, what would you list look like? Now how would you draw up your list a second time, this time with the focus on how doctrine affects the Christian life and the nature of… Continue reading Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

Unity (Ephesians 4:1-10)

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Today we talk about unity. Key points Unity is something to be worked at keeping. There is effort required Unity is not something we create, it already exists in the Spirit Unity is based on the truth that there is one God and one Gospel Unity is about patient, humble love There is no place… Continue reading Unity (Ephesians 4:1-10)

We are literally broken by our hyperbole

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Every year, my wife and I have a kind of traditional conversation. I ask her what she is working on and she tells me that she is preparing the “persuasive writing” class for her students where they will learn about a number of rhetorical devises.  I then respond with a grumble about how that is… Continue reading We are literally broken by our hyperbole

Navigating the Denominations and Evangelical Unity

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In yesterday’s guest blog, Moses Tutesigensi made a robust defence of denominations. Moses was responding to my argument that Evangelical Anglicans need to refocus their attention on relationships with other Evangelicals.  As it happens, I do not have particular issues with denominations per se.  My question is about where we set the right priorities in… Continue reading Navigating the Denominations and Evangelical Unity

Guest Post – In defence of Denominations

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Yesterday I wrote about the relationship between evangelical Anglicans and evangelicals outside of the Church of England. I invited response and I’m delighted to share a guest post from Moses Tutesigensi. In his article, Moses focuses on a defence of denominations through interaction with my comments. Whilst the existence of denominations was not within my… Continue reading Guest Post – In defence of Denominations

Anglican Evangelicals, The CofE and church unity

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Stephen Kneale has started a mini-series of articles on whether or not evangelicals should remain in the Church of England. You can read his own article arguing that evangelicals should leave, here.  You will also see that he is providing space for guest posts in response over the next few days.  To me, this feels… Continue reading Anglican Evangelicals, The CofE and church unity