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, 07 July 2019 23:32

Leadership worth following

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As I write the Conservative leadership elections are in full swing, with final two candidates having launched their campaigns to be the next Prime Minister. Needless to say, each of the contenders believes they are best placed to lead our great nation through Brexit and beyond. I am no political...

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Monday, 01 July 2019 00:58

C. S. Lewis: A Life by Alister McGrath

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Hodder, 2013, 431pp
When C. S. Lewis died on 22 November 1963 his passing was overshadowed by the assassination on that same day of US President Kennedy. Even the UK media gave scant attention to the life, achievements and death of one of the key Christian voices of the 20th century. By the end of...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 01:43

Paul A Biography by Tom Wright

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SPCK, 2018, 464pp
Any endeavour to understand the Christian faith and its impact upon the world must grapple with the apostle Paul. Who was this man who contributed huge chunks of the New Testament, and who Luke portrays as the great hero of the Acts of the Apostles? How did his ideas catch on and...

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Monday, 13 May 2019 21:58

Tolkien

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Last night we went to see this film at the delightful (and cheap) Westway Cinema in nearby Frome. The Hobbitwas the last book I read to our children at bedtime before they decided they were too old for that kind of thing. I have, of course, seen the three epic Lord of the Rings movie...

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Tuesday, 07 May 2019 02:55

The truth will set you free

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Free speech is rightly considered a cornerstone of democracy. We should be able to express our thoughts, even though others may disagree with us. No one has the right not to be exposed to opinions that aren't to their liking. Yet this noble tradition of free speech is being challenged in these days...

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019 03:57

Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan

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Awakening the Evangelical Mind: 
An Intellectual History of the Neo-Evangelical Movement,
by Owen Strachan, Zondervan, 2015. Kindle edition
On my study bookshelves I have at least one commentary on each book of the Bible. More again if you count Kindle and Logos editions. Most are scholarly works...

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Friday, 19 April 2019 02:38

The Good News of Easter

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Yes, there are Easter Eggs in the shops, which is good news of a sort. Easter bunnies and bonnets are fun too, if you like that kind of thing. The good news I have in mind is quite different. Easter brings us face to face with the most important events in the Christian faith. Yes, Christmas is a...

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Abacus, 2010, 709pp
You'd think it couldn't happen here. A populist with a shady private life ascending the highest political office in the land. I mean, this was Great Britain, not brash and gaudy America. Certainly not in the staid Victorian/Edwardian era. Never. But it did happen here. David...

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The Affinity Theological Studies Conference is unique among a plethora of events in the Evangelical and Reformed world. Most other conferences revolve around addresses, lectures or preaching. They contain very little conferring, apart from an occasional...

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Monday, 25 February 2019 01:17

Evangelical 'Momentum' within the Church of England

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In an article in the Church Times, Angela Tilbury issued a wake-up call to the Church of England. Apparently, 'Momentum' is infiltrating Anglicanism. Not that kind of 'Momentum'. She wasn't worried that the good old CofE was going to be taken over by an influx of...

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Tuesday, 12 February 2019 00:17

The Joy of Les Miserables

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My mum has seen the musical version of Les Miserablestwice.  It’s one of the longest running productions on the West End. Apparently, the show has been seen by 70 million people in 52 countries and 22 languages around the world. I saw the film of the musical when it came out a few years...

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Thursday, 31 January 2019 02:03

Christ and Covenant Theology by Cornelis P. Venema

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P&R Publishing, 2017, 462pp
For my next trick, I, a convinced Baptist will review a book on covenant theology. Maybe that seems a bit like a strict teetotaler venturing a view on the finest vintage port, when never a drop has touched their lips. Or a Vegan discussing the best cuts of beef, when...

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Like many people, at least in the UK, I first came across Jordan Peterson when his interview with Channel 4's Cathy Newman went viral. See here if you've been living on another planet of late and haven't yet seen it. I was impressed with Peterson's ability to hold to his own...

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Christian Focus, 2018, 231 pp 
It is a momentous thing for a man to feel that the Lord is calling him to gospel ministry. Michael A. Milton sets out to guide his readers though the various stages of responding to the Lord’s call. His work is full of practical hints and tips, often drawn...

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Thursday, 03 January 2019 22:03

Facing the Future with Hope

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Standing at the threshold of a new year is exciting and daunting for the same reason. None of us has got a clue what’s going to happen in the next twelve months. If we knew exactly what lay ahead of us, life would lack surprises. Where would be the fun in that? That we don’t know...

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018 19:59

The Light of the World

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Back in November we paused to remember the end of World War One. On the eve of that conflict UK foreign secretary Sir Edward Grey remarked, ‘The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime’. With that sentiment in mind, the dry moat of the...

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Thursday, 15 November 2018 07:02

London Theological Seminary 1988-90

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Yes, I know, they've since re-Christened it 'London Seminary', but when I started there some 30 years ago, it still had the 'Theological' bit. I could have applied to what was then the 'Evangelical Theological College of Wales' in Bridgend (now Union School of Theology - confusing isn't it?),...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 17:00

Anniversary Services with John Stevens

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We had FIEC National Director, John Stevens, preach for our 208th Providence Baptist Church anniversary services over the weekend. He spoke very helpfully on the Parable of the Sower, Mark 4:1-20, The Parable of the Lost Sheep, Luke 15:1-7 and The Parable of the Talents, Matthew 25:14-30. You can...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 19:13

Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forwards?

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The Commission on Religious Education Chaired by Dr. John Hall, Dean of Westminster has published its report, Religion and Worldviews: The Way Forwards. In many ways it is a solid piece of work, surveying the state of Religious Education in a fast changing educational environment. Put simply, the...

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Sunday, 09 September 2018 23:59

John Owen on excommunication and the gospel

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As Mark Dever reminds us in his Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, biblical church discipline is an essential aspect of church life. Church discipline has two main elements: 
1. Formative, which involves teaching the disciples of Jesus to observe all he has commanded us (Matthew...

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Tuesday, 04 September 2018 01:29

Nine Marks of a Healthy Church by Mark Dever

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3rd edition, 2013, Crossway, 300pp
'The Turning'. It's a big thing, apparently. Started in Reading. The founder Yinka Oyekan received a vision from the Lord telling him that unless he managed to get all the churches in his locality working together on a mission, there would be no blessing....

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Wednesday, 29 August 2018 00:39

The ministry as a protected oasis

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The full-time gospel ministry is still a protected oasis. We are relieved of so many of the tensions and temptations that the men to whom we minister are meeting each day. They work with their minds and bodies in this evil world and give their hard-earned money to us so generously that we may spend...

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Sunday, 05 August 2018 20:32

All welcome?

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You would have thought that these days people would give racism short shrift. 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the murder of black teenager, Stephen Lawrence in a racially motivated attack. In a welcome sign that things have moved on since then, there was widespread public outrage over the way...

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Tuesday, 31 July 2018 17:00

School governors as public servants

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What are school governors, exactly? We aren't paid a penny for our pains, so we're amateurs. 'No way', say some. 'We're not dabbling dilettantes. Unpaid professionals, us.' I hear what you're saying, but by most definitions, being a pro means at least three things: you get paid, you're qualified,...

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Sunday, 29 July 2018 17:00

The Incredibles 2

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Our children were still young when the original Incredibles movie came out. They loved seeing it in the cinema and must have watched the DVD countless times. As did we. 
A good children's film will also appeal to adults who watch the thing through grown up eyes. The Incredibles series is a case...

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