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, 04 January 2018 19:13

Blogging in the Name of the Lord: Stephen Kneale

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GD: Hello Stephen Kneale, and welcome to Exiled Preacher. Please tell us a little about yourself.
SK: Hello! My friends call me Steve (some very close friends and family run with Stevie) I prefer being called Steve but hate it in conjunction with my surname, hence Stephen Kneale. Err... anyway...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:13

Explore

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Want to know more about the Christian faith? We may have just the thing for you. We are holding All Age Services on the first Sunday of each month. They are especially for people who want to explore what following Jesus might mean for them. The meetings will include prayer, the singing of hymns and...

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Sunday, 31 December 2017 20:38

2018 Reading List

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I had John Owen and English Puritanism: Experiences of Defeatby Crawford Gribben for Christmas. I've been looking forward to this ever since it came out in 2016, but was waiting for the considerably cheaper paperback edition. 
Michael Horton's The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for...

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 17:39

Christmas Special: David Sky vs Martin Luther

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'Here I stand! Here I stand!' I had a Playmobil Martin Luther for my birthday in August. He's kind of cute with his little feather and tiny German Bible. But Luther been playing havoc with delicate balance of my study's ecosystem. He and David Sky don't get on for starters. 
My pet monkey was...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 16:59

After Darkness Light

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December is the darkest month. 21 December is the shortest day of the year, with only 7 hours, 49 minutes and 44 seconds of daylight. But it is also the brightest month of the year when High Streets and houses are lit up with a dazzling array of Christmas lights. 
The association of darkness...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 00:24

Westminster Conference 2017 Report

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When I was at the London Seminary many moons ago, students used to refer to the Westminster Conference as Back to the Future because attending was a bit like travelling back in time. Without the aid of a DeLorean. We were young and foolish then and didn't perhaps appreciate the...

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Sunday, 03 December 2017 22:13

Westminster Conference 2017

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I'll be off to the Westminster Conference bright and early tomorrow morning. Early anyway.
I'm due to give a paper on A Child of Light Walking in Darkness: The Felt Presence of God. The Child of Light... bit in the title refers to a work by the Puritan Thomas Goodwin. It's essentially a series of...

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Tuesday, 05 September 2017 02:31

Seven Leaders: Preachers and Pastors by Iain H. Murray

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Banner of Truth Trust, 2017, 279pp 
The author wrote this book out of the conviction that lessons of abiding importance may be learned from godly and able preachers and pastors across the ages. It will be of interest to men aspiring to pastoral ministry, or who are just setting out in that...

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Wednesday, 30 August 2017 20:14

Too young to die? by Andrew Stone

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Day One Publications, 2017, 125pp 
I can't really attempt to review this book, as it's difficult to be objective about the story of a family who are dear friends of ours and members of Providence Baptist Church, which I pastor. But I'm more than happy to recommend it. 
The book is based on...

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017 20:08

The Value of a Soul

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  That Cross uplifted high,
With One, the Man of Sorrows,
  Condemned to bleed and die.
O teach me what it cost Thee
  To make a sinner whole;
And teach me, Saviour, teach me
  The value of a soul
(Lucy Anne Bennett (1850-1927)Upon that...

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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 08:02

The Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson

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Virago, 2015, 322pp 
Another holiday read. 
Over the last few years I have made my way though Robinson's Gilead trilogy; Gilead, Homeand Lila. I have been entranced by the fictional world she has created, full of finely drawn, characterful characters. The novels are slow burners...

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Writing up an review ofThe Givenness of Things by Marilynne Robinson I was reminded of what she had to say on Isaac Watts's contribution to pedagogy. In her chapter on the Reformation, she reflects on the educational impulse of Protestantism, "The bookishness of the...

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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 20:03

God created all men equal

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“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal”, so says the American Declaration of Independence. Race riots in Charlottesville, USA have led to those words being quoted to call out the evil of white supremacy. President Trump’s seeming hesitancy...

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Saturday, 12 August 2017 03:00

Dunkirk

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Saw this last Saturday. The film shows the Dunkirk evacuation from the perspectives of land 'The Mole', Sea and Air. Out of the hundreds of thousands involved, Nolan focuses attention on a handful of Tommies, a couple of RAF pilots and the escapades aboard a small civilian boat piloted by Mr...

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Friday, 11 August 2017 08:23

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

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Faber and Faber, 2006 edition, 282pp 
This is the second of two books I read while on holiday in France. The first was The Givenness of Thingsby Marilynne Robinson. More of that in another review post. Suffice to say that one of the main themes of Robinson's collection of essays is what it...

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The Minister for Women and Equalities, Justine Greening has announced a government proposal on altering the legal requirements involved in a person changing their gender identity. The current legislation includes a number of safeguards before a person is allowed to legally change their gender...

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Crossway, 126pp 
Evangelism. It's about programmes, right? Special meetings, Christianity Explored, Life Explored. Centrally organised by the church. Partly, yes. Those things have value. But Mack Stiles' book is not about getting churches to buy the latest off the shelf programme. Results...

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 Banner of Truth Trust, 2016, 277pp 
Back in the early 1990's I heard Sinclair Ferguson speak on sanctification at the Banner Ministers' Conference. The addresses made a lasting impression upon me. I remember being struck by the awesome fact that God calls believers to be holy as he is...

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Thursday, 29 June 2017 23:53

Churchill

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We went to see this the other Saturday. In my last film review I noted that when we go to the cinema most of the other movie-goers tend to be getting on a bit. Possibly due to our film choices  these days. Well, for this one it was my good wife, me, another (older) couple, and that...

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On Saturday we attended the London Seminary's 40th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service. I attended the seminary from 1988-1990. Former principal Philip Eveson chaired the meeting and gave a potted history of the college. It was encouraging to hear that around 400 men have been trained for the...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 21:20

Democracy, the worst form of Government

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For years to come pundits and political historians will discuss why the predicted Conservative landslide failed to materialise. Was it the unpopular Tory manifesto? The Brexit factor? The youth vote? Who knows? One thing’s for sure, you can never be sure what the Great British...

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Thursday, 08 June 2017 00:16

Voted

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Given a choice between the unelectable and the uninspiring the latter got my vote. Not so much 'things can only get better' as, 'could be worse'. Much worse. 'Red Tory' has it. 
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I don't know. In my political convictions I'm stuck somewhere between Red Tory and Blue Labour. Progressive when it comes to the state using its powers to help people from disadvantaged backgrounds to get on in life. But a social conservative when it comes to traditional marriage and the family,...

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Monday, 05 June 2017 17:56

Voting Intentions

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No, I'm not going to try and suggest who you should vote for on 8 June. 'That's a relief' you might respond, 'I wouldn't have taken any notice anyway.'  Fair enough. It isn't really the job of church leaders to meddle in party politics.
Elections, eh? Some people cast their votes tribally...

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Thursday, 04 May 2017 00:00

Selma

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We wanted to see this in the cinema, but it wasn't mainstream enough for our local Odeon, so we had to wait until it was on the telly. A powerful film on the civil rights movement in 1960's America. At that time blacks were denied their constitutional right to vote in the Deep South by an...

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