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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Tuesday, 19 June 2018 00:03

He also glorified

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Preaching on Romans 8:30 last Sunday, I've been thinking about what it means for believers to be glorified. Glorification does not mean that that our humanity will be absorbed into the divine. That would not be the redemption of man, but his obliteration. Rather, in glorification we shall become...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 23:18

Meanwhile in LA Land

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No, I haven't only just watched the blockbuster Hollywood musical. Saw that ages ago. Got to keep the wife happy with an occasional chick-flick. This is about education policy. You'll get no singing and dancing here. Anyway, that's La La Land. 
'You know what's wrong with schools?' asked...

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Tuesday, 05 June 2018 02:09

Rest

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I’m probably showing my age, but I remember the days of the TV test card. It featured a girl playing Noughts and Crosses surrounded by an assortment of soft toys. People used to sit and watch the test card while they waited for programmes to start. It beat watching paint dry, but only...

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Wednesday, 16 May 2018 00:31

Preaching as the Word of God by Sam Chan

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Preaching as the Word of God:
Answering an Old Question with Speech-Act Theory,
Sam Chan, Pickwick Publications, 2016, 279pp
The Second Helvetic Confession expresses the high view of preaching that obtained among the Reformed churches when it says, 'The preaching of the Word of God is the Word of...

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Thursday, 10 May 2018 21:27

Some more pastor/governors?

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Now, I'm not one of those types who thinks that because they are doing something, so should everyone else. You know, the pastor who has joined the local squash club to get themselves out of the ministerial bubble. They've only been at it a month and a bit, yet that's the thing. All self-respecting...

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Wednesday, 02 May 2018 00:45

Banner of Truth Ministers' Conference 2018 Report

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When I was a younger man with a much sharper memory I used to make extensive notes of the Banner conference addresses. Partly with a view to posting blog reports. Now I'm older and can't retain so much I don't take any notes at all. I prefer to regard the messages as ministry that preaches to my...

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Thursday, 26 April 2018 05:11

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. I'm not sure what this film was trying to be. Could have been a 'fish out of water' flick. Posh London girl, Juliet Ashton grows to love characterful Channel Islanders. How funny. Could have been a harrowing occupation movie. Jackbooted Nazis...

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Sunday, 22 April 2018 17:00

Banner of Truth Ministers' Conference 2018

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Later today I'll be setting off for the Banner Ministers' Conference. I started to go when I was a student at the London Seminary (1988-90). Back then I was young enough to attend the Youth Conference and then stay on for the Ministers' one. Wouldn't get away with that now. 
I love the blend of...

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Monday, 16 April 2018 02:36

Facebook's Alt-Church Fail

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In a speech last year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted the social network he founded to perform the role that once used to be played by churches. He suggested that with the decline of churchgoing, “people now need to find a sense of purpose and support somewhere else." Sounds very...

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Thursday, 12 April 2018 01:46

A Quiet Place

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It's a post-apocalyptic world. Townships are deserted. Stuff is left on shop shelves for foraging survivors. Survivors like the Abbott family. Husband and wife Lee and Evelyn (real life couple John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt), their daughter, Regan and sons, Marcus and Beau. 
Their...

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1. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are equal in divine being and glory.
2. Father, Son and Holy Spirit are not identical persons. Each has unique individualising properties. The Father is unbegotten as to his person, the Son as to his person is begotten of the Father, the Holy Spirit as to his person...

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Saturday, 31 March 2018 02:57

In brief: Easter in Pisidia

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Substitution Friday: "though they found in him no guilt worthy of death, they asked Pilate to have him executed." (Acts 13:28)Preservation Saturday: "but he whom God raised up did not see corruption." (Acts 13:37)ResurrectionSunday: "But God raised him from the dead"...

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Friday, 30 March 2018 00:35

Easter: The Biggest 'April Fool', Ever?

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Thursday, 22 March 2018 06:20

Emotions: Mirrors of the Heart by Catherine Haddow

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10Publishing, 2017, 126pp
We live in an age where feeling has trumped thinking. People are told to, ‘follow their hearts’, or ‘do what feels right to them’. I can scarcely think of worse advice. For, as the prophet Jeremiah tells us, ‘The heart is deceitful above all...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 21:42

In brief: the Spirit of life

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Broadcaster Melvyn Bragg recently said he could not become a Christian because bodily resurrection is against the laws of physics. He is right, it is. Our hope is not based on the laws of physics, however, but the laws of pneumatics. As Paul said,"For the law of the Spirit (pneuma) of...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:37

In brief: repentance and faith

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Repentance is our 'no' to sin against God. Faith is our 'yes' to forgiveness of sin from God.

Authors: Guy Davies...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 02:35

In brief: the Spirit of Judgement

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The same Holy Spirit who convicts the world of sin and judgement, in assurance echoes the verdict of heaven upon believers: "justified".

Authors: Guy Davies...

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Monday, 12 March 2018 05:09

From plight to solution and back again

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The view we take of the plight of human beings in sin will affect our understanding of salvation as the solution to sin.
If sin is a trivial problem, it requires only a trivial solution.
Is sin is serious, it demands a serious solution.
A Pelagian view of sin requires only a Socinian Jesus; a human...

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Friday, 09 March 2018 02:02

Unexpected Bookends: 2 Chronicles 32

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Reading 2 Chronicles 32 the other day, I was struck by the way in which the chronicler opens and closes the chapter. The first and last verses act as unexpected bookends that hold the material in between together, 2 Chronicles 32:1, 33. 
Hezekiah is something of a rarity in Chronicles. He is...

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Thursday, 01 March 2018 02:07

Snow on St David's Day

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It was meant to be the first day of Spring.Early daffodils promised warmth,Their yellow beckoning the sun.But now they are frozen to the roots,Submerged beneath chilly white dust.You can never tell with the Welsh.Always awkward.

Authors: Guy Davies...

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Tuesday, 27 February 2018 22:44

Blogging in the Name of the Lord: David Robertson

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GD: Hello David Robertson, and welcome to Exiled Preacher. Please tell us a little about yourself.
DR: I’m the minister of StPeter’s Free Church in Dundee, Church of Robert Murray McCheyne.    I’m married to Annabel and have three  grown up children –...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 22:22

Blogging in the Name of the Lord: Jim Sayers

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GD: Hello Jim Sayers, and welcome to Exiled Preacher. Please tell us a little about yourself.
JDS: I live in Abingdon with my wife Helen and our son Josh (who is now 2” taller than me at 6’4”). Laura is a relay worker in Glasgow and Meg is studying costume construction in London....

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Tuesday, 06 February 2018 23:39

Free Speech

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Freedom of speech is of fundamental importance in a democratic society. There can be no true liberty where citizens are not free to speak their minds. As the film Darkest Hour bears eloquent testimony, the thing that drove Churchill as wartime Prime Minister was his determination to safeguard the...

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Monday, 29 January 2018 16:18

Darkest Hour

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"Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts."
May 1940 did indeed seem like the darkest hour for good old Blighty. Hitler's divisions were smashing their way though Europe. The British Expeditionary Force had been pushed back to the sea. The USA was in...

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Friday, 26 January 2018 01:00

Martin Luther: Renegade and Prophet by Lyndal Roper

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Vintage, 2017, 577pp
"Never meet your heroes" says the old adage. The Martin Luther we 'meet' through the pages of Lyndal Roper's biography is not the heroic figure of popular Protestant folklore. At least, while he was capable of great heroism, Dr. Luther could also be something of a villain. At...

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