Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges

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 withContinue reading “Christians don’t (shouldn’t) bear grudges”

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 ofContinue reading “Justified (Romans 4:1-12)”

Unity (Ephesians 4:1-10)

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 placeContinue reading “Unity (Ephesians 4:1-10)”

We are literally broken by our hyperbole

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 isContinue reading “We are literally broken by our hyperbole”

Navigating the Denominations and Evangelical Unity

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 inContinue reading “Navigating the Denominations and Evangelical Unity”

Guest Post – In defence of Denominations

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 myContinue reading “Guest Post – In defence of Denominations”

Anglican Evangelicals, The CofE and church unity

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 feelsContinue reading “Anglican Evangelicals, The CofE and church unity”

The real problem with Gnosticism

I’ve written on this subject a few times now because “Gnosticism” seems to be the label of choice when we want to attack the position of other Christians. I think there are two problems with this. First of all, I think it prevents us from understanding the actual position of people we disagree with includingContinue reading “The real problem with Gnosticism”