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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Friday, 16 August 2019 17:00

Wilson and the Heidelberg Cat-astrophe!

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Not content with preaching, blogging, completing a PhD, and writing countless popular level books, our very own Andrew J. Wilson has continued his programme of world domination by branching out into the realm of children’s books, with his latest offering, Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat.

Whilst...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 17:00

King of the Wind, Sea, Earth and Fire

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Some of you know that I preached four messages at Newday this year on the fear of God, looking at Jesus as King of the Wind, Sea, Earth and Fire. (Jennie wrote a good piece on the first theme yesterday, as it happens; she has also been an enthusiastic Twitter advocate for the Gruffalo impersonation...

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Thursday, 15 August 2019 16:00

Life Lessons from Habbakuk

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I love the Minor Prophets. I think they are the hidden gems of the Old Testament. I recently preached on Habakkuk as part of a series on the Minor Prophets in which we're seeking to draw out what we can learn from these books about God and the gospel. But as I read and digested Habakkuk, I was...

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Wednesday, 14 August 2019 17:00

Not Sleeping but Strutting

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At Grace London at the moment we are (slowly) working through Mark’s Gospel. A few weeks ago we came to Mark 4:35-41, in which Jesus calms a storm. As we dug deeper into the passage and its lessons in our mid-week Life Group, the question arose, “How should the disciples have...

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Tuesday, 13 August 2019 17:00

Pastors: Don't Envision A Church. Receive One

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I've talked before about how overrated "vision" is in church leadership. I have long suspected that there is an Emperor's New Clothes thing at work with the big V, whereby leaders tell everyone that they have succeeded because of their "vision", largely influenced by the herd, when there are...

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Thursday, 08 August 2019 16:00

Recommended Resources on Transgender

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Transgender is one of the most prominent topics in cultural discussion and debate at the moment. It’s also one of the most complicated. Christians who want to partake in the conversation well must engage with theology, biology, psychology, philosophy and politics, all the while keeping in...

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Sunday, 04 August 2019 16:47

Ten Things I Loved About Newday

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I’ve been going to Newday for fifteen years now, and I am still surprised by what an excellent event it is. For those who have never been, here are ten things that particularly impressed me this year.

Statistics. There are seven thousand people there. This year—and it’s easy to get...

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 16:00

The Noachic Bridge

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I’ve always found the Noachic covenant a bit of an outlier. It’s the only covenant in the primeval history and the only one to be made not just with a specific group of people but with all humans and all other living creatures (Genesis 9:9-10). The universality of the covenant is what...

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Tuesday, 30 July 2019 17:00

Holiday Reading

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People like reading very different sorts of books over their holidays. Sometimes I read the lists that other people (usually, it must be said, pastors) read on their holidays and I feel exhausted; there are all sorts of titles that, no matter how worthy their content or well-crafted their prose,...

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Thursday, 25 July 2019 17:00

Righteous Pride

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What should you do if your employer asks you to wear the Pride flag while at work? What should you do if your children’s school has a diversity week that seems less about genuine diversity than it does promoting a particular sexual ideology? What should we make of so many businesses adjusting...

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Tuesday, 23 July 2019 17:00

The Case for Wine in Communion

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Emmanuel Church Brighton recently took the radical step of serving wine at communion. (Whether the word "radical" in that sentence means "indefensible and bizarre" or "staringly obvious to virtually every Christian who has ever lived", I leave for the reader to judge.) Because it was a somewhat...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 17:00

THINK 2019 Sessions Now Available

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Thanks to some sterling work from Tariq Fernandes, the audio recordings from the recent THINK conference on Revelation are already available. If you missed it, or if you want to revisit something, they're all here:

Authors: Andrew Wilson...

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Sunday, 21 July 2019 16:00

Toy Story and Identity

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I fear that I may not be a great cinema companion. I recently went to see Toy Story 4 with a couple of friends. As the credits began to roll, my friends were looking happy and smiley and praised the film for its story and surprise ending. I, on the other hand, was seething.

Ok, maybe I wasn’t...

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Wednesday, 17 July 2019 17:00

What Would Zacchaeus Do?

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It’s not a question that’s often considered, is it? After all, Zacchaeus was a Bad Thing. He stole and cheated, he was a tax collector, a collaborator, and a Very Little Man. We don’t often look to him for moral guidance. But perhaps we should.

Ben Lindsay, in his (excellent) new...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 17:00

THINK 2020: Knowing God, With Carl Trueman

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I've been sitting on this news for a couple of months now, and I can't hold it in any longer: the speaker at next year's THINK Conference will be Professor Carl Trueman, and the title will be Knowing God: Where Evangelicals Get the Doctrine of God Wrong (And What To Do About It). We'll be hosting...

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Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:00

Ten questions for pro-choice people

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Let me state my purpose up front: I’m a pro-lifer with ten genuine questions aimed at pro-choice people, and I’m hoping that you (dear reader) will keep on reading to the end. But I’m also realistic. The chance of keeping your attention on such a matter of deep division is not...

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Thursday, 11 July 2019 23:00

MPs Missing the Wood for the Trees

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I've posted on Think a few times about the dangers of shifting societal attitudes towards euthanasia. Last week the House of Commons debated assisted dying - and the debate was worrying.

In response James Mumford poses this scenario:

So let’s fast-forward to a world in which assisted dying is...

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Tuesday, 09 July 2019 16:56

On the Restoration of Fallen Pastors

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Here’s a very insightful (and robust) challenge from Carl Trueman, on the Mortification of Spin podcast. His distinction between restoration to fellowship and restoration to office is critical, I think:

We’ve had a couple of these recently: high profile guys who have been caught in...

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Thursday, 04 July 2019 16:00

An Opportunity to Love

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According to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), in the UK, donated sperm or eggs are used in around 14,500 fertility treatments every year. As Christians, many of us would have concerns about the use of donated sperm and eggs on an ethical level, but perhaps we should also be...

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Wednesday, 03 July 2019 17:00

A Year of Digital Detox

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The Church of England has recently launched a ‘Digital Charter’aimed at encouraging users of social media to play nice. I’m sure it will make a big difference. #irony

A year ago I decided to significantly alter my digital habits: I closed down my Facebook account. I kept Twitter...

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Tuesday, 02 July 2019 17:00

When I Grow Up

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Whenever I teach on eschatology, someone asks me about sex. I get fairly passionate about the new creation, and do my best to paint it in vivid colours and present something of the joy and wonder we will experience when we get there. But someone—usually, in my experience, a young...

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Thursday, 27 June 2019 16:00

But He's Given Me Himself

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‘You’ve given up so much to follow Jesus.’ I've sometimes heard people say things like this. There are all sorts of things which we might give up in order to faithfully follow of Jesus – relationships, family, jobs, sex, status, money, opportunities, popularity, hopes,...

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Tuesday, 25 June 2019 17:00

KJV's Immanent Frames

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A while back I became convinced that my glasses were growing bigger. I'd look at myself in the mirror in the morning, sure that someone had substituted larger frames during the night. What was going on?

I eventually came to understand: it wasn’t that my glasses had changed, but my perception...

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Sunday, 23 June 2019 17:00

A Sacrifice of Praise

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Ever get to Leviticus in your Bible reading and let out a – at least internal – groan? It can feel very hard work: all that stuff about sacrifice and all that stuff about what is clean and what isn’t.

I’ve been leading a group through a study of the Pentateuch as part of a...

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Thursday, 20 June 2019 16:00

Feeling Pride

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June is LGBTQ+ Pride month. That’s why you might have noticed rainbow flags flying, pride events starting (they’ll actually spread across the next few months), and even the logos of some famous companies adopting the rainbow colours. This year’s celebrations are particularly...

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