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, 27 April 2017 17:00

Their Finest

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Time was when we'd take our two to the cinema to see the latest Disney release, surrounded by other youngish parents and their brood. Additional soundtrack: sweets loudly unwrapped and chomped, some brat having a tantrum because the popcorn's run out, etc. Quite liked the Toy Story series and...

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Sunday, 23 April 2017 17:00

Banner Ministers' Conference

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Off to this later. Looking forward to what promises to be a good time of ministry and fellowship. Will hopefully post a report when I get back. 

Authors: Guy Davies...

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EP Books, 2016, 128pp 
I was a student at the London Theological Seminary (now London Seminary) from 1988-90. During the summer of 1989 I did a summer pastorate alongside Basil Howlett when he was pastor of Copse Road Evangelical Church, Clevedon. I was only there for a month or so, but during...

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John Catt Education Ltd, 2016, 309pp
This was a, 'what's all the fuss about?' read. And there's sure been a lot of fuss about this book. Cheerleaders gonna cheer and haters gonna hate. Not being especially biased either way, I wanted to give the book a decent hearing. You'll have to judge for...

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Friday, 14 April 2017 04:26

Easter: bad news/good news?

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People sometimes give us a choice over whether we want to receive bad news or good news first. Bad news to get it out of the way, followed by good news to cheer me up a bit is my preferred order.
 
At first glance the Christian message of Easter seems like bad news. Jesus, a man renowned for...

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We devoted last Wednesday's Bradford on Avon Ministers' Fraternal to reviewing and discussing this title. Robert Oliver gave a review paper and then we weighed up the strengths and weaknesses of the book together. Here are my impressions of the book for what they are worth. ...

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Affinity/Mentor, 2016, 283pp 
This volume gathers together the papers presented at the 2015 Affinity Theological Studies Conference. I was present for that event and very much appreciated reading the various papers and discussing the issues raised by them with fellow conference members. 
The...

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Brazos Press, 2016, 269pp 
As promised, we continue with this review series by considering what Vanhoozer has to say on the relationship between sola fide and biblical authority. At the Diet of Worms Martin Luther is famously reputed to have said, 
Unless I am convinced by the...

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Brazos Press, 2016, 269pp 
With 2017 marking the 500th anniversary of beginning the Protestant Reformation now is a good time to reflect on that disruptive event in church history. Many view the Reformation as nothing less than a tragedy that rent Christendom asunder, leading to the...

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Monday, 06 March 2017 00:20

Affinity Theological Study Conference 2017

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The theme of this year's conference was, 'The Christian Church: Its Mission in a Post-Christian Culture'.Timely, what with the church in the UK struggling to adjust its mission to a more secular climate. 
As is the practice with these events, the...

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Sunday, 26 February 2017 16:00

Like?

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Some communities try to cut themselves off from the modern world. They prefer horse drawn carriages to cars, candles to light bulbs and opt for good old buttons in place of newfangled zips. Fair enough. Takes all sorts. The modern world can be a bewildering place. But we can't choose our times...

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017 06:25

Hacksaw Ridge

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"I can't hear you" prays Desmond Doss. The last time Andrew Garfield payed a character struggling with God's silence, the heavens remained silent. But now God's voice is heard. "What do you want me to do?" persisted Doss. The heavens answered in the form of a wounded soldier crying for help....

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The Christian Church: 
Its Mission in a Post-Christian Culture 
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Looking forward to this. A hugely relevant theme. The conference format includes opportunities for in-depth discussion of papers that are circulated beforehand. See here for full conference details and booking information. ...

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Monday, 16 January 2017 14:26

La La Land

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Think that was a chick flick. Boy meets girl. Singing and dancing. Be true to yourself. Pursue your dreams. No especially theological thoughts generated. One line hit home though, 'People love what other people are passionate about.' Can use that somehow. Are we passionate about the gospel? ...

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Friday, 13 January 2017 08:37

Christ and the Decree by Richard A. Muller

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Baker Academic, 2008, 240pp 
Why should a busy pastor give time to studying a work of historical theology like this? Surely we'd be better off reading a how-to manual on sermon illustrations, counselling, leadership, or what have you. If we must read theology, let it be an entry level work,...

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Wednesday, 11 January 2017 09:47

Silence

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Silence. The silence of God. How do you cope with that? Jesuit priests, Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe (Adam Driver) set out for Japan on search of their lost mentor, Father Cristóvão Ferreira (Liam Neeson). The last...

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Thursday, 05 January 2017 05:10

Effective School Governance by Mark A'Bear

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Very few people know exactly what they are letting themselves in for when they join a school governing board. I certainly didn't. 
Whatever your preconceptions may be, you'll find that it isn't quite as you imagined. Your admirable desire to 'make...

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Sunday, 01 January 2017 00:00

A Brand New Start for 2017

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Amongst my Christmas presents were tickets for my wife and I to see Paul Weller perform at one of the Teenage Cancer Trust concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. Roll on March. I’ve been a Weller fan ever since his days with The Jam, when I was a teenage mod. One of his songs, Brand New Start...

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Thursday, 29 December 2016 03:56

2016: A year in music

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2016 may go down as a year of political upsets and celebrity deaths, but closer to home it was a year of celebration. Not all the time, of course. But we did have a couple of biggies to celebrate. July marked our 25th wedding anniversary and August my 50th birthday. 
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Saturday, 24 December 2016 07:20

David Sky: The Gov-Father (A Christmas Special)

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I know, it's been some time since I updated you on what's become of my old friend,  David Sky. People have been asking (really), but 'least said, soonest mended' and all that. 
Fact is, I hadn't seen him for ages. Then I unexpectedly bumped into him at a school governor training...

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Wednesday, 21 December 2016 00:00

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Took my girls to see this on Saturday. Many of the familiar features of the Star Wars universe are in the film. The Empire's Death Star super weapon, snazzy space ships, stormtroopers clad in white plastic armour, laser guns going 'whoosh, whoosh, whoosh', and so on. But none of the 'goody'...

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10Publishing, 2016, p. 130
For bright young things contemplating a call to pastoral ministry church planting is where it's at. Or at least service in an already large and thriving work. Why bother trying to turn around a dying church when you can start a new one? After all, isn't the gospel all...

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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:03

Sully

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They gave it away said the film critics. How clunky to reveal up front that Sully, the eponymous pilot hero managed to land his A320 on the Hudson river, saving the lives of all 155 souls aboard.
I thought the film makers were respecting the intelligence of their audience. The emergency landing...

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Monday, 12 December 2016 11:02

Christmas Disruption

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Well, 2016 was an eventful year. What with Brexit, Trump and what have you. After those shocks to the geopolitical system isn’t it nice to be able to anticipate the warm, familiar glow of Christmas? It comes but once a year, bringing with it fond memories of Christmases past. Family...

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Controversy has been raging on the other side of the Pond over whether we may rightly speak of the eternal submission of the Son to the Father. See here for my thoughts on the matter. But I've had some second thoughts. Kind of. For one, would it not be better to speak of the submission of the Son...

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