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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Thursday, 21 March 2019 02:36

Acts in 2,500 Words

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When I get to the end of preaching through a book of the Bible I find it helpful to go back and write a summary version of what it is all about. This Sunday I'm planning on finishing a series on Acts. I haven't managed to get my summary to 1,000 words (as I have previously with Romans, but here it...

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Sunday, 17 March 2019 17:00

In Praise of Our MPs

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We have been remarkably silent about Brexit on Think – probably a welcome omission for most of you.

It is certainly the case that the government, civil service and parliament have all made an almighty horlicks of Brexit. None of these institutions of the state have come out well from the...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 22:08

Stick to the Facts

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In the extraordinarily fast-moving story of the normalisation of transgenderism it has been noteworthy how intelligent, influential and powerful people have been too cowed to question the developing narrative.

The reasons for this are multi-layered and complex but largely seem to be rooted in the...

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Friday, 15 March 2019 00:52

The Gift of Sleep

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I love sleep! Apparently, today is World Sleep Day, so it seems an appropriate opportunity to celebrate the gift of sleep.

The World Sleep Society, organisers of World Sleep Day, describe the day as ‘a celebration of sleep’ – which has inevitably led to tweets about  sleepingan...

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Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:00

Dualism at Death

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‘Transhumanists of the world unite – we have immortality to gain and only biology to lose.’ These are the words of Nikola Danaylov in his Transhumanist Manifesto, but they reflect the hope of many. As developments in robotics and AI continue apace, there is ever increasing hope...

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019 20:40

Lift Something

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For as long as I can remember I have had constant back pain. The different medical investigations I have undergone and therapies I have tried – from chiropractors (useless) to osteopaths (marginally less useless) to physiotherapists (helpful) – have not cured me. It has just been one of...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 00:16

Firestarter

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Disturbing, threatening – and watching it again now, somewhat comic – the Firestarter video represents a seminal cultural moment.

As previously described, I was never into the dance scene, but it was a significant stream in the cultural waters in which I swam. What dance music...

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Tuesday, 05 March 2019 05:00

Gratuitous Beauty

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Why is there so much beauty in the world? I mean, it can almost seem gratuitous at times. Sure, there is a lot of ugliness too, generally caused by the careless or malicious actions of man; but there is so much that is so staggeringly beautiful. It can take your breath away.

The beauty of so many...

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Sunday, 03 March 2019 15:00

The Midrash Mash

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If you've read more than a couple of New Testament commentaries, you'll probably have come across the claim that Paul (or whoever) is involved in "midrash." You may have been puzzled when you did; you may have stroked your chin significantly as if something immensely meaningful had been said. But...

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Last week saw the publication of results from the 2018 National Faith and Sexuality Survey, a project run by the Ozanne Foundation.

The survey was designed to examine ‘the role religious belief has on people’s understanding and acceptance of their sexual orientation in the UK’, as...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019 15:00

Instagram and Atheism

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Why are we so eager to be seen? What is it that drives Instagram, I’m a Celebrity, game shows, humiliating acts of self-disclosure that trade shame for fame, and the compulsion to do almost anything to get on television? Atheism, says Umberto Eco in his Chronicles of a Liquid Society....

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Friday, 22 February 2019 07:23

The Strange Case of Dr Evil

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When is a piercing adornment, when disfigurement? What about a tattoo? What about body modification? How about if someone has body dysmorphia – should they be able to have the part of the body that disturbs them removed?

Both Andrew & I have meandered into the world of tattoos before (here...

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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

Thanks to Hannah Anderson for...

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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.

We were...

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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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