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

Wednesday, 29 January 2020 17:55

The Acid of Biblicism

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I recently had an interaction on Twitter with another evangelical Christian about whether human life begins at conception. My interlocutor argued that since the Bible did not explicitly state that it does, the question should be left to...

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A few days ago, St Helen’s Bishopsgate posted a talk by Gwilym Davies entitled ‘Reflections on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture’ which was primarily an engagement with two books, Craig Carter’s Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 23:08

Why think about the Trinity?

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On Sunday I was preaching on John 4:43-54, the healing of the royal official’s son. One notable aspect of the story is Jesus exclamation, ‘Unless you people (meaning the Galileans) see signs and wonders you will never believe’ to the man, just before he heals his son: a healing...

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Monday, 17 December 2018 21:57

Is God a United Family?

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These last two Sundays before Christmas, I’ve been preaching a two-part series on the theology of Christmas. Next Sunday we’ll look at what it means that the Son of God was born as a man but last Sundaywe looked at what Christmas tells us about God, that there is an Eternal Son who has...

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Monday, 10 December 2018 19:02

A Few Thoughts on Brexit

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A Few Thoughts on Brexit.

Given the political turmoil gripping the British nation at the moment, I thought I would set down a few thoughts that have been buzzing around my head in the last few weeks.

  1. The Perspective of Eternity.

Sunday before last, I preached on Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians...

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Thursday, 29 November 2018 18:00

Do We Need Church History?

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One of the things I was asked to do when I began as Associate Minister at ELT Baptist Church was to teach a monthly church history course to a small group of church members. We’ve had two sessions so far and I’m very excited about our next session which, in a seasonally appropriate...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 00:25

The Joy of Classical Theism

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In the past month or so there has been a little bit of discussion of the question of ‘classical theism’: the belief that God is simple, eternal, unchanging, impassible and so on. I had never really examined these kind of ideas until about five years ago when I began to read...

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Thursday, 15 June 2017 20:15

On Tim Farron

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Tim Farron’s resignation statement as Lib Dem leader was one of the clearest, bravest, most moving statements of commitment to Christ by a British public figure in recent years....

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In the mid-80s, Nick Faldo made one of the bravest decisions a professional athlete can take; he chose to completely overhaul his technique. It was not as if Faldo was a failure: he was already a European Order of Merit winner, had carded three top-10 Open finishes and was, to that point, the...

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