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, 05 September 2019 16:00

Emotions and Self-Control

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The Bible, psychology, and neuroscience are three of my favourite things to learn about. (Although admittedly my understanding of two out of the three is very much at a layman’s level!) I therefore really enjoyed two books I read recently which combine insights from all three to help give a...

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Tuesday, 03 September 2019 17:00

Surprised by Paradox

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It may just be me, but of all the new books I have come across or read this year, there don't seem to be many whose purpose is to inspire worship. There are lots (as there always are) on living the Christian life well, or understanding Scripture better, or handling contemporary issues, but few that...

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Monday, 02 September 2019 17:00

Multiplanting – A Review

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Further to Matt's post last week about multiplying churches, here's a book giving one model of how that can be achieved. If you're convinced by the 'why' and thinking about the 'how', Multiplanting, by Colin Baron, which was released this week, will provide some helpful pointers that you can apply...

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Sunday, 01 September 2019 16:00

Was Jesus Tempted To Commit Murder?

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Jesus was "tempted in every way, just as we are, yet without sin" (Hebrews 4:15). What an amazing truth. But what does it mean? Does it mean that he was tempted to do everything that any human has ever been tempted to do: murder, child abuse, genocide, and the rest? Most of us probably assume not....

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Thursday, 29 August 2019 16:00

Changes for CHANGED

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Controversy and confusion have been swirling around certain circles online over the last few weeks with the launch of a new initiative from Bethel called Changed. On its website, the movement introduces itself as ‘a community of friends who once identified as LGBTQ+. Today, we celebrate the...

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My friend Alan Frow has written a book that anyone with some kind of leadership position in any church of 200+ people should read. First, a paragraph I wrote about it, and then an explanation from Alan himself about what Broken for Blessing is about.This is not an out-of-reach account of a mega...

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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 17:00

Porn, Curiosity, Killing and Cat Videos

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There is a common thread that unites pornography, murder, Netflix, skim-reading, Facebook and cat videos, argues Matt Anderson in a superb piece at TGC. The link is curiositas: "a restlessness of the spirit and mind, an unsettled anxiety that pursues new spectacles to consume. Such pleasurable...

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Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:00

He Came Walking

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Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Bible may be old, but boy is it rich! Look at this part that I stumbled upon the other day, on Genesis 3:8:

Fear seized [Adam and Eve] immediately upon their eating the forbidden fruit, Gen. 3:8.

Observe here, What was the cause and occasion of their fear: They...

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019 16:00

Gospel Coaching

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I wonder how you feel about accountability. What ideas and emotions does the concept evoke in you? My associations with accountability are largely negative. Feelings of guilt about things I should have done but haven’t and feelings of shame about things I shouldn’t have done but have....

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We all know the parable of the Lost Sheep. The shepherd is Jesus, the ninety-nine sheep are Christians, the lost sheep is “one sinner who repents,” and the result is rejoicing in heaven. It’s clear as day in Luke 15, and it’s clear as day in our Kids' Bibles. Right?

Right....

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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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