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, 08 September 2019 21:20

Providence Baptist Church Anniversary Weekend

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Over the weekend we celebrated the 209th anniversary of Providence Baptist Church. As has been our custom for the last few years, we had the same speaker for the Saturday afternoon meeting and the Sunday services. This time it was the turn of Gary Brady, who's been pastor of Child's Hill...

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Bloomsbury Continuum, 2018 paperback edition, 371pp
Summer reading #1
I read this on the beaches of Costa Balanca. We holidayed in Alicante, the Spanish coastal resort. The city is dominated by Santa Bárbara Castle, a formidable hilltop fortification. It is so called because on Saint...

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Monday, 19 August 2019 04:38

The Joy of Service by Julian Hardyman

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I think I was given this at an FIEC Pastors' Network meeting a year or so ago. A freebie. 
The brief chapters glance at themes like, 'Ministry as Service', 'Ministry and Suffering' and 'Ministry and Prayer'.
I guess this is aimed at aspiring and newbie pastors, with a nod to...

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Zondervan, 2011, 1052pp
One of the formative influences on my ministry was reading Preaching and Preachers by Dr. D. M. Lloyd-Jones. In it the preacher urged the importance of ministers keeping up their theological reading. After all, for him preaching was 'theology on fire', and you can't have...

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Monday, 22 July 2019 20:24

The Lion King

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The original animated version of Disney’s The Lion Kingcame out in 1994, a year before the birth of our first child. We bought a copy on video as a gift for our two year old son when his little sister was born. Our children loved the story of Simba, Nala, Pumba and Timon. They watched the...

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019 19:07

Yesterday

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We went to see Yesterday last week. Old married's 'date night'. The trailers looked fun, although reviews were a bit sniffy. You probably know at lest the gist of the plot. The write-up contains spoilers. A global power outage made people forget stuff. Like The Beatles. Mostpeople anyway. A...

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The British Social Attitudes report published this month appears to evidence a sharp decline in Christian belief over the last 35 years. In 1983 66% of the population identified as Christian, while by 2018 the figure had fallen to 38%. The percentage of the population attending religious services...

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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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