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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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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Wednesday, 19 June 2019 17:00

The Spoon isn't Real

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Last week I filled a major gap in my education and finally watched The Matrix. I know, I know – how had I not seen it before? I just sort of missed it when it first came out, and then saw so many clips and heard so many sermon illustrations that I never really felt the need to pay to watch...

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Tuesday, 18 June 2019 17:00

The Paradox of Privilege

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In 2007, the Gallup organisation asked people around the world whether they felt they were leading meaningful lives. It turns out that Liberia was the country where the most people felt a sense of meaning and purpose, while the Netherlands was the place where the lowest percentage of people did.

Thi...

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Sunday, 16 June 2019 17:00

Competence of Character

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Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money.

It is amusing, if salutary, to look at the remaining candidates in the Tory...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 23:32

Generation to Generation

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The apostle Peter writes to the churches describing them as, God’s elect, exiles, scattered (1 Peter 1:1). The people of God have been chosen by God to be scattered throughout the earth in order to carry the promised blessing to all nations. This is a great calling, but at times being an...

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Thursday, 13 June 2019 16:00

Recommended Resources on Sexuality

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Many of us have big questions about sexuality. What does the Bible actually say about same-sex relationships? What does it look like to faithfully follow Jesus as someone who is same-sex attracted/gay? And how can the church best love, support and share the gospel with sexual minorities?...

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Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:00

Plastic Righteousness

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On Monday evening I put our carefully sorted recycling out for collection, came back in, put on the TV and found myself watching Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s latest campaigning series: War on Plastic.

Hugh’s outrage was the very on-trend concern about the ubiquity of single use...

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Tuesday, 11 June 2019 17:00

Nature Begins, Scripture Completes

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Frederick Dale Bruner points out that the Magi are led to Bethlehem by creation (the star), and then by Scripture (the prophet Micah), before encountering Christ. "Nature begins," he writes, "Scripture completes." It is a principle that goes beyond the story of Matthew 2, and prompts a thoughtful...

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Monday, 10 June 2019 17:00

Aunty Ethel's Elbow

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I grew up in a Christian home attending a good, solid, Bible-believing church. We were taught from the Word every Sunday, and in the middle of the week would meet in homes to study it some more and to pray.

The prayer part was interesting. Which is to say it was usually very dull, but interesting...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 21:20

Where Have All the Atheists Gone?

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You’ve got to feel sorry for atheists. They are such a beleaguered minority, and it is such a difficult position to hold with consistency.

A new piece of research, snappily titled, Understanding Unbelief: Atheists and agnostics around the world. Interim findings from 2019 research in Brazil,...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 17:00

White or Wrong?

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Should people self-identify as "white"? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness....

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Monday, 03 June 2019 16:00

Is the Bible a Story?

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The Bible is a story. I’m sure many of us have said this; many of us will even have taught it. It’s a story which runs from Genesis to Revelation, from Creation to the New Creation, and recognising this fact is vital to reading the Bible well. But what if it isn’t? Perhaps the...

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Thursday, 30 May 2019 17:00

Can Atheism Ground Human Rights?

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Can atheism provide the grounds for believing in universal benevolence and human rights? Well: no, says Christian Smith in his excellent Atheist Overreach: What Atheism Can't Deliver. In a nuanced, fair, scholarly and readable argument, Smith makes no attempt to establish whether naturalist atheism...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 17:00

Christ and the Circus

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If you have two minutes—and let’s face it, if you’re here, you do—spend them with Tertullian, and consider why Christian joys are unimaginably greater than the pleasures of popular entertainment. Read to the end:

Even as things are, if your thought is to spend this period of...

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Wednesday, 22 May 2019 16:00

Embracing Our Intellectual Limitations

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A few months ago I saw someone post a clip from The Office US on Twitter. Rarely has anything ever resonated with me so deeply! In the clip, one character asks another whether they have read a certain book, to which the reply comes, ‘Read it? I own it! But no, I have not read it.’...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 17:00

Intransigent Minorities

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The first time I ever heard of Nassim Nicholas Taleb, he was accusing me of spreading bull**** on Twitter. With hindsight, he may well have been right. Prior to that exchange I had never heard of him, but I was quickly fascinated by his mind, his range, his combative style and his provocative and...

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