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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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 14:46

The Work of the Holy Spirit

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What does the work of the Holy Spirit look like in our lives? It could be a little bit like this:

The @RamsNFL have a spotter for their head coach and it's our favorite thing right now. pic.twitter.com/fbHsYQqQHp

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Tuesday, 19 February 2019 15:00

Embarrassment and Evangelism

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I have a theory about evangelism. Many Christians—and this includes me—have a habit of saying that things would be cringeworthy or embarrassing to our unbelieving friends, when what we really mean is that they would be cringeworthy or embarrassing to us. This can be benign, and lead to...

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Thursday, 14 February 2019 15:00

The Binary and Intersex

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Over the past few weeks I have been arguing for the goodness of the freedom of the gender binary, the idea that our identity as a man or a woman is given to us by God and is therefore not something which we have to create through performance. This is good because it gives us the freedom to be how...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 15:00

Kintsugi and Grace

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Here's a beautiful illustration of the Romans 5:20 principle that "where sin increased, grace abounded all the more." It comes from Glenn Packiam's forthcoming book Blessed, Broken, Given: How Your Story Becomes Sacred in the Hands of Jesus, which I've just had the privilege of endorsing.

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Sunday, 10 February 2019 15:00

When the Gods are Toppled

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I want the great world religions taught in every school. Secular humanism has reached a dead end - and any liberals who don't recognise that are simply enabling the worldwide conservative reaction of fundamentalism in both Christianity and Islam. The human quest for meaning is innate and...

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Thursday, 07 February 2019 15:00

A Eucharismatic Conversation with Glen Scrivener

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Glen Scrivener is exactly the sort of person I was trying to persuade in Spirit and Sacrament: a sharp, thoughtful, open, joyful and evangelistic Anglican who recognises the force of continuationist arguments, but has seen enough bad practice to have a lot of good questions. Watch me defending...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 15:00

The Freedom of the Gender Binary in Action

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So far in this series, I’ve introduced the concept of the freedom of the gender binary and argued that the New Testament authors’ approach to masculinity shows that they understood and applied it. Those posts have been primarily about the theory, but what about the practice? How do we...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 15:00

Anywheres and Somewheres

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The main fault line in contemporary society is not between right and left, or capitalists and socialists. Rather, argues David Goodhart in The Road to Somewhere: The New Tribes Shaping British Politics, it is "between the people who see the world from Anywhere and the people who see it from...

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And if you still don't get the result you want, change the rules governing the vote.

No, I’m not referring to Brexit, but to a poll of doctors planned by the Royal College of Physicians.

The RCP is planning to poll its 35,000 members to ask whether ‘they would help a terminally ill...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 23:03

Bibi & Blasphemy

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The case of Asia Bibi, kept in solitary confinement for nine years on trumped up charges of blasphemy, has thrown Pakistan into turmoil and garnered headlines around the world.

In this extended report, the BBC provides a comprehensive account of the severe problems faced by minority groups in...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 15:00

The Bible and the Binary (Part Two)

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In the previous post in this short series I argued that when compared with their contemporaries, the New Testament authors take a radically different approach to masculinity. For Greco-Roman authors, masculinity was a performance and the status of ‘real man’ was something to be...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 15:00

The Most Attractive Quality in a Leader

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What is the most attractive quality in a leader? No doubt there are all sorts of ways of answering that, and although some responses are obviously wrong, I don't think there's any particular one that is obviously right (other than "Christlikeness" or "love", which just push the question back a...

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Monday, 28 January 2019 15:00

The Bible and the Binary (Part One)

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In the first post in this series, I shared about my moment of revelation concerning the freedom of the gender binary: how God’s creation of us as male or female, and his gift of that identity, gives us the freedom to be how we are without changing who we are, therefore meaning we do not have...

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Thursday, 24 January 2019 15:00

Three Features of Christian Prophecy

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Richard Bauckham identifies three features of Christian prophecy, which I find very helpful in thinking on the subject: discernment, prediction and response.

First, there is discernment of the contemporary situation by prophetic insight into God’s nature and purpose. We have noticed...

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Wednesday, 23 January 2019 15:00

The Freedom of the Gender Binary

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There was a time in my childhood when I thought I was a girl. Though externally I looked like a boy, and everyone thought I was a boy, I believed that internally I was a girl. I remember being afraid that one day I would get pregnant (obviously before I understood how these things work!) and that...

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This piece is a response of sorts to the conversation over at Mere Orthodoxy between Gavin Ortlund and Jonathan Leeman (both Baptists) who discuss the theological conundrum of church membership and the Lord’s Supper in relation to differing views of baptism (all links can be found here)....

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 22:56

Is having a child a right?

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Is having a baby that results from a loving relationship the same as having a baby being created via a business transaction?

That is a question posed by Mirah Riben. Surrogacy is becoming an increasingly important ethical issue, with governments around the world, including the UK, indicating that...

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Thursday, 17 January 2019 15:00

When Did Britain Become Post-Victorian?

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David Cannadine's Victorious Century: The United Kingdom, 1800-1906 strikes me as a fairly old-school sort of history book: a careful account of politicians and laws, men in suits and the Acts they passed. It is top-down history, and the contrast with bottom-up accounts of similar periods, like...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 15:01

When the tricks of the trade don't work

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On Tuesday, Andrew Bunt posted some of his ‘tricks of the trade’ in wrestling with knotty ethical issues. The first was to focus on what the Bible says before working out how to apply it.

To many of our readers, I imagine that seemed obvious. Yes, we might forget it sometimes, and...

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Tuesday, 15 January 2019 15:00

Would You Excommunicate Tim Keller?

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There has been a fascinating discussion recently over whether, and in what circumstances, Baptist churches should welcome paedobaptists into membership and/or to the Lord's Supper. (That "and/or" is crucial to the discussion, as we shall see.) Gavin Ortlund says yes and yes, on the basis that...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 15:30

Some Tricks of the Trade

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I recently spent a few sessions helping a group of pastors to think through their position on a complex ethical issue. At the end of one of these sessions, one of the group came up to me and asked if something I had kept doing in the discussion was one my tricks. (He then realised what he had said...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 14:27

Jon Haidt, Tim Keller and Me

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Recently I had the privilege of having two fascinating conversations with writers I admire: Jon Haidt, on his books The Righteous Mind and The Coddling of the American Mind, and Tim Keller, on his The Prodigal Prophet. The former, on Justin Brierley's excellent show Unbelievable, was about why...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 15:00

A Movement is Afoot

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"A movement is afoot," says Tim Challies in his (very encouraging) review of Spirit and Sacrament, which released on Tuesday. Until now, Tim explains, there have been a substantial number of professing charismatics in what he calls "New Calvinist" circles—John Piper, Don Carson, Wayne Grudem,...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 15:00

Dementia in the Trans-Physical Age

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My dad can’t remember my name any more. It’s unspeakably sad, not least because he is only in his mid-sixties. He knows he likes me, and even trusts me, but he’s not sure why. He often affirms that I’m ‘a good man’and I respond by telling him that I love him,...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 15:00

Reparations: Four Thought Experiments

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Reparation is defined as "the action of making amends for a wrong one has done, by providing payment or other assistance to those who have been wronged." That sounds like something Christians should be into, as and when we have wronged others; it sounds like what John the Baptist told people to do...

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