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, 15 June 2016 00:00

Sexuality and the Gospel

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Two questions come up repeatedly when it comes to the Christian vision of sexuality. One: how do we talk about sexuality in a way that makes it seem not just moral, or even true, but beautiful? Two: how do we talk about it to young people? Here's my stab at an answer, in half an hour and to three thousand teenagers sitting on the floor, from...

There has been a fascinating, heated, often illuminating and occasionally exasperating debate this week about the Trinity. Dozens of posts have been written, arguing back and forth, by those who believe that the Son eternally submits to the Father (Bruce Ware, Wayne Grudem, Denny Burk, Mark Thompson, Mike Ovey), and those who don't, and believe...

Sunday, 12 June 2016 00:00

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 24

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[After last week's bombastically Protestant statements about righteousness by faith alone, this week's questions deal with the fallout. Why do you say that? How come God talks about rewards, then? And won't that make people careless, or even evil? The Catechism, as you would expect, responds clearly and wisely. Even our best works are stained with...

Thursday, 09 June 2016 00:00

Small Town Jesus

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Over the past couple of decades church planting has moved from being a strange and novel idea to the top of many denominational and movement agendas. Being part of a church planting family of churches myself, this is something I applaud. Starting new churches has proved again and again to be the most effective way of seeing people respond to...

Wednesday, 08 June 2016 00:00

On Babies and Bethelwater

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“What do you think of Bethel?” I don’t keep count, but I would imagine that this is the question I am asked these days more than any other. Some people ask seeking reassurance: they know that people have theological reservations about Bill Johnson, Kris Vallotton and company, and are looking for me, presumably with my theological...

Tuesday, 07 June 2016 00:00

When Marnie Was There - Review

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When Marnie Was Thereis the final film from Studio Ghibli, the Greatest Animation Studio Ever according to... well, me. I've been a huge fan of the Japanese animators for around a decade now, dazzled by the vivid and strange imaginations of their directors and entranced by the wonder of their stories. Those who haven't seen a Ghibli might be...

Monday, 06 June 2016 00:00

Pragmatism, Idealism, and the EU

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Male/Female, Straight/Gay, Black/White: there are no end of easy ways in which to make a binary categorization of humanity. One such categorization, often overlooked though significant, is Pragmatist/Idealist.

The idealist is as likely to be wrong as right, while believing passionately that their cause is right, whereas the pragmatist defines what...

Sunday, 05 June 2016 00:00

Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 23

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[Until this point, much of the Heidelberg Catechism has been ecumenical, and not even strikingly Reformed. Here, however, we get many of the specifics of the Protestant view of salvation boiled down in a few key answers: faith alone, imputed righteousness, the active obedience of Christ, and so on. "Nevertheless, without any merit of my own, out...

Saturday, 04 June 2016 00:00

Blogging in an Age of Crayons

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Apparently half of the top 10 best-selling evangelical books are now adult colouring books. If blogging is to remain a relevant medium in this bizarre age, it must follow suit. So henceforth I shall only blog in interactive hand-drawn pictures, which can be printed out and coloured to your heart's content.

I’m sure I will receive push back...

Friday, 03 June 2016 00:00

A Pursuing God

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Joshua Ryan Butler's A Pursuing God has just been released, and it contains a number of quite beautiful moments in its explanation of how God is pursuing us. One story in particular, which Josh uses to illustrate the depth of the love of God for his children, and which I suspect will appear in more than a few sermons in the next few months, moved...

The all-time most viewed post on Think is Phil Moore’s What Your Biology Teacher Didn’t Tell You About Charles Darwin.

Phil describes Darwin as a British villain rather than a British hero, as he provided a system of thought that gave the intellectual justification for the most egregious examples of racism and genocide. It wasn’t...

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 00:00

Are All Christians Instructed to Raise the Dead?

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I heard a story a few days ago that went roughly like this. Someone asked their pastor, a well-known Pentecostal leader and preacher, “Should I become a doctor or a teacher?” The pastor responded, “Well: heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons.” There was a puzzled pause. “But I asked you whether to become a...

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 00:00

Selfie Sex

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Even if you didn’t watch all of Andrew’s message on transgender and intersex it’s worth seeing the video he showed at the end of it…

How has it come to this?

Part of the answer to that question is found in the social dominance of the selfie. We are so obsessed with ourselves: The ‘I’ always has to be centre...

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