But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Sunday, 15 October 2017 17:00

Bible Reading That Satan Leaves Alone

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Bible reading that only collects, or relieves a guilty conscience, or gathers doctrinal arguments, or titillates aesthetic literary tastes, or feeds historical curiosities—this kind of Bible reading Satan is perfectly happy to leave alone. He has already won the battle.

But reading that hopes...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 16:12

The Problem With Liberal Education

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Mark Lilla's new book The Once and Future Liberal: After Identity Politics is short, punchy, pithy and provocative. In three well-written and brief essays, he summarises the fragmentation and individualism of the American right since Reagan (chapter one), the corresponding disintegration of the...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 17:00

Debunking Girard

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René Girard is intriguing for several reasons, but for me the most intriguing is that so many people take his famous mimetic theory seriously. I've been pointed in his direction numerous times by well-meaning readers (often, it must be said, eager to dissuade me from preaching...

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 17:00

Taking Comfort From Theresa

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Sometimes I think I am surrounded by imbeciles. Despite my best efforts, constant complaining and hectoring, the ‘serving’ teams at Ring of Bright Water seem incapable of turning on a microphone without feedback, putting up song words without a typo or taking up the offering without...

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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 17:00

The Real Reason for Jesus Cleansing the Temple

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While Andrew has been providing reasons for the differing positions in the gospels of when Jesus cleansed the temple, one of my church members has stumbled on a rather different take on the story as a whole. While visiting another church she picked up a transcript of a talk given to a women’s...

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Tuesday, 03 October 2017 17:00

O! klahoma

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I'm flying to Oklahoma City today to speak at the Convergence conference, which aims to encourage people in "the passionate pursuit of Word and Spirit." Given the timing, this obviously isn't an advert (although with Sam Storms, Francis Chan, Matt Chandler and Jack Deere, it should be quite an...

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Monday, 02 October 2017 22:05

The Price of Freedom

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The USA is once again reeling from a devastating mass shooting. The latest reports say that 59 people have died and 527 were injured during the Harvest Festival in Las Vegas on Sunday night. We weep for our brothers and sisters across the pond, and pray for all those physically, emotionally and...

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Sunday, 01 October 2017 18:22

Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Twice?

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Alastair Roberts is answering whatever random questions are put to him over at Curious Cat. Many of his answers are worth reading, but his reflections on the temple cleansing in John 2, and the temple structure of John as a whole, are remarkably insightful:

While the synoptic gospels record temple...

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017 17:00

How To Think

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I have just posted a review of Alan Jacobs's book How To Think: A Survival Guide for a World at Odds at The Gospel Coalition. In a sentence, I think the book is excellent and well worth reading, ideally quietly and slowly. But the punchline of the review comes at the end:

few people need to hear the...

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Monday, 25 September 2017 17:00

What is the future of complementarity?

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I'm sure Andrew's conference next year will provide some useful answers, but in this clip Jordan B. Peterson gives some brilliant diagnosis:

Authors: Matthew Hosier...

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Sunday, 24 September 2017 17:00

Simple God

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I've just finished James Dolezal's All That Is In God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism. In a nutshell, it's a theological appeal to retain doctrines like God's changelessness, infinity, simplicity, impassibility, independence, actuality, aseity and...

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Thursday, 21 September 2017 17:00

The Centre Must Hold

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Here's a wonderful couple of paragraphs from Jake Meador at Mere Orthodoxy, explaining why the centre needs to hold in the evangelical church. He is addressing the PCA in particular, but it's not hard to see the relevance for everyone else (emphasis added):

When irresponsible conservatives run...

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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 17:00

Announcing THINK 2018: The Future of Complementarity

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It's so exciting to be able to launch next year's THINK Conference on The Future of Complementarity, hosted in London from 3-5 July. I'm hoping that both the topic and the speakers will take us to a new level this year, not just in terms of those who attend, but also in terms of the significance of...

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Francis Chan’s best-selling book Crazy Love makes the point that man’s biggest delusion is that we think, and live, as though we are the star performer in the movie of life. The drama about our car/job/family is all that is important. It consumes us, takes our energy, makes us worry and...

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Thursday, 14 September 2017 16:30

The Best Message I've Heard This Year

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I have never heard anything quite like Duke Kwon's closing message at LDR. I listened to it the other day, and it had me reeling, open-mouthed and shaking my head on the A20. It is an extraordinary blend of biblical application, prophetic challenge, practical wisdom and sheer oratory on a...

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Wednesday, 13 September 2017 17:00

The Worst Thing I Could Do

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I haven’t watched Grease for years. Or hadn’t until recently, when I went to a singalong version at the Clapham Grand theatre. So. Much. Fun! My friends and I dressed up, sang along, did the hand jive, and thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

But amid the laughter I was struck by one of the...

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Tuesday, 12 September 2017 17:00

THINK 2017: All Recordings Now Available

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For those who were not able to be there, the recordings from the THINK conference in July, on "Reading Galatians 500 Years After Martin Luther," are now available. I hope you find them helpful. If you keep an eye on this blog, you will also hear soon about next year's event, which I'm enormously...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 17:00

Want to Serve the Poor? Appoint Deacons

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Local churches in the New Testament often had two recognised types of leader: elders / overseers / shepherds, and deacons. The elders / overseers / shepherds were responsible for guarding the church, particularly but not exclusively in its doctrine; the deacons, if we take Acts 6 as paradigmatic...

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Sunday, 03 September 2017 17:00

A Performance of Romans

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I had the privilege of speaking twice at the Westpoint event a few days ago, and in my second session, I did a performance of Romans for about an hour. It's something I've done a number of times now, and through doing it I have learned what should be obvious: that speaking the Bible is powerful on...

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Thursday, 31 August 2017 17:00

The Ascent of Money

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One of the perils of being a great populariser is that you can express ideas in paragraphs rather than books, which can lower the chances that people will buy or read your books. Admittedly, it doesn't seem to be hurting Niall Ferguson. But this section from his The Ascent of Money: A Financial...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 19:45

After Eden

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In March 2016, 23 volunteers entered ‘Eden’ – 600 acres of remote countryside on the western coast of the Scottish Highlands. British TV channel, Channel 4, was conducting an experiment in creating a new utopia. The participants were cut off from the outside world and left to fend...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 17:00

On Preaching: My Ten Favourite Sentences

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I'm not particularly looking to turn this into a series, but last week's collection of sentences on devotional times seems to have helped some people, so I thought I'd do one more. Here are the ten most helpful sentences I have read (or heard) on the subject of preaching:

“The great design and...

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It’s already a while since Newday 2017, but before starting the autumn term it seems good to list some highlights:

1. Worship. I occasionally get a view of the whole crowd of faces, when I trespass my way onto the platform. I love this annual snapshot: a young multitude learning what they were...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 17:00

On Devotional Times: My Ten Favourite Sentences

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It is sometimes said that devotional times are a peculiarly modern and evangelical phenomenon. I doubt that. Certainly the form of the devotional time practised by evangelicals is modern: personal space, a chair, a Bible, a journal, a pen. Most Christians in history haven't had the money or the...

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I was recently having a conversation with my children about their dreams. We were all able to relate to recurring dreams of being in deep water, sinking and struggling, so being a scientist, I began to explain to them what is known about the function of dreams. Interestingly, theories abound and...

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