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, 17 October 2018 16:30

Coming Out - Some Advice for Christians

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This time last week the Twittersphere and blogosphere were filling up with posts marking National Coming Out Day. Christians who hold to the traditional historic Christian sexual ethic may find it hard to know how to view such a day. ‘Coming out’ often carries with it connotations of...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2018 17:00

Counterpoint Reading

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You may already do this, but I’ve only just realised how useful it is, so bear with me: it can be really illuminating to read books in pairs, where each provides a counterpoint to the other. That doesn’t necessarily mean books which explicitly disagree with each other, although of...

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Monday, 15 October 2018 16:28

The Theology of The Good Place

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About four paragraphs into this article, I’m going to start spoiling season one of The Good Place (which has just started its third season, on Netflix in the UK and NBC in the states). But here’s the long and short of it: start watching The Good Place. It’s one of the smartest,...

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Tuesday, 09 October 2018 17:00

Guns, Germs and Steel

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Why do some societies develop faster than others? Why did China develop faster than the people who used to live in southeast Asia, and thus displace them? Why did West Asia develop faster than sub-Saharan Africa? Why did Southern Europe develop faster than native America, to such an extent that a...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 16:30

Sovereignty, Responsibility and the Cross

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How do we reconcile the fact that the Bible simultaneously presents God as absolutely sovereign over all things and humans as personally responsible for their own sin? This is one of the classic questions within Christian theology and continues to be the subject of debate and differing views. But...

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Friday, 05 October 2018 17:00

A Hub of Hope: Guest Post from Rachel Ruddy

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5,821 suicides were recorded in Great Britain in 2017. Of these, 75% were male and 25% were female. The highest suicide rate was in males age 45-49. Encouragingly, there is a statistically significant downward trend in completed suicide, but there is nevertheless an unabating number of people...

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Thursday, 04 October 2018 17:00

Safeguarding the Psalms

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“Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” Amen. And now our children will go to their activities for the morning.

Some parts of scripture are harder to read and apply than others. At my church we generally start our time of worship each Sunday with a...

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Wednesday, 03 October 2018 17:03

On Stating the Blindingly Obvious

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I have often struggled with the A of the beloved ACTS prayer framework. I know Adoration is important and commanded and modelled all through the psalms, but it feels just a bit...awkward.

Part of that is because I’m a repressed Brit and we don’t do extravagant displays of emotion, but to...

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Tuesday, 02 October 2018 17:00

Are Ethics Non-Essential?

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I was sitting in Dublin airport a few days ago catching up on some reading, and encountered two very contrasting paragraphs. One was from Pete Greig’s Dirty Glory, a book which is primarily about the last fifteen years of 24-7 Prayer, but in the final chapter makes an interesting comment...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 17:00

When Allegorical Exegesis Wins

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This is a really interesting point from Craig Carter, speaking on the Mortification of Spin podcast:

The issue of Nicene orthodoxy is that here you have a tradition, grounded in exegesis that has persisted for 1500 years, and it has resulted in a stable, Trinitarian and Christological set of...

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Thursday, 27 September 2018 17:00

Once More Into the Breach

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The more gender equality in a country, the greater the difference in the way men and women think. It could be called the patriarchy paradox.

That’s the startling claim in an article in The Times based on two recent pieces of research. (And these are large scale projects: one involved surveying...

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Wednesday, 26 September 2018 17:00

What Qualifies God to Judge?

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In our Bible study group last week we were looking at God's judgement. The sermon that week had tackled the question, often raised by unbelievers, of how God can be loving and also a judge (to which I presume readers of this blog know the answer, but just in case - his love means he has to be just,...

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018 17:00

Suicide of the West?

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I don't really buy one of the central premises of Jonah Goldberg's Suicide of the West. I don't think liberal, democratic capitalism caused increased technology, prosperity, and freedom, so much as increased technology, prosperity and freedom caused liberal, democratic capitalism. I think the...

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Monday, 24 September 2018 16:01

The True Sexual Revolution

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The problem with the sexual revolution is that it didn’t go far enough.

I know that may be a little hard to hear for many Christians, and especially for those who view the sexual revolution of the 1960s onwards as an entirely bad thing. But as I point out here, in the first of the messages...

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Sunday, 23 September 2018 17:00

The Quietus is Here

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In P.D. James’ brilliant and chilling novel, The Children of Men, the elderly and infirm, a burden on a dying society, are forced to take part in a ‘quietus’ – a choreographed suicide by drowning. It seems the quietus might be upon us.

A decision made by the British Supreme...

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Friday, 21 September 2018 17:00

Surrogacy Sucks

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Surrogacy is sold as a beautiful thing - a gift by which a woman enables other people to have the longed for child they cannot conceive or carry themselves. But this is a masquerade. The reality is more akin to slavery: babies as commodities and women as incubators.

The Center for Bioethics and...

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Thursday, 20 September 2018 17:00

My Favourite New Testament Commentaries

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Someone asked recently what my favourite biblical commentaries were, and whether I could put a list of them here, book by book. On Wednesday I put up my Old Testament favourites; these are the ones I'd recommend most for studying the New Testament. (Yes, these are all contemporary commentaries, and...

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Wednesday, 19 September 2018 16:30

An Orientation to the Old Testament

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Last month I posted about Brent Strawn’s book Is the Old Testament Dying? I suggested that the critical condition of the Old Testament in many churches is not because we don’t believe the Old Testament is important, but because we lack confidence in how to handle it well. And so, to...

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Tuesday, 18 September 2018 17:00

My Favourite Old Testament Commentaries

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Someone asked recently whether one of us could write a list of our favourite biblical commentaries for each book, and post it here. I thought it was a great idea, although one which I cannot completely follow through on, for the simple reason that I haven't read enough commentaries on every...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 17:00

Woke Ideology & Biological Reality

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Currently top of Challies ‘Most Popular’ sidebar is a post entitled, ‘The Sexual Revolution Hits Another Speed Bump.’ It’s about a study in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships which shows that people don’t want to date trans-people. As Challies...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 17:00

It's been a while since we Petersoned

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Having posted all the videos from the Think conference on Complementarity this feels like the right moment to inject a little Peterson into proceedings. It's been ever so long since we featured him here; and - remarkably - I don't think his name was once mentioned at the conference, though there...

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Thursday, 13 September 2018 16:30

Saving Lives in the Church

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Four years ago (September 10th 2014) Lizzie Lowe, a 14 year old school girl from Didsbury, ended her own life. She was a gifted musician, a successful student and a greatly loved member of her church community, but she ended her life because she was struggling to reconcile her faith with her...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 17:00

Becoming Real

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The third most quoted author in sermons and Christian writings – after CS Lewis and JRR Tolkein – often seems to be Margery Williams. You may not recognise her name, but I bet you’ve heard of her most famous book – The Velveteen Rabbit. I most recently came across it in a...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:00

Pre-, A- and Post-Millennial

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Are you pre-millennial, a-millennial or post-millennial? All three, says Peter Leithart in his Revelation commentary, and he’s not just trying to be clever. On the one hand, “Jesus comes before the millennium. That is self-evident if we stick to the plan and read Revelation straight...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 17:00

Lynch Your Sin

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The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

The Galatians 5 list of spiritual fruit is so familiar; and so often so insipid. It is ironic that verses from a letter so unneutered that its author wishes his opponents would...

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