Monthly Archives: September 2015

Immigration & Asylum: reading & resources

Two major issues are beginning to frame the political landscape – inequality and immigration. The overlap is obvious, but there seems little question that these two issues are exerting great pressure. They are also two issues on which, I would argue, the church has a

The refugee crisis & Christian hope: A response

Recently Reformation 21 posted an article by Alistair Roberts on the refugee crisis and while it contained many good things, there were a few things that I thought needed further discussion. In a similar vein, a recent post by Ian Paul also expressed unease about the general naive response

Lessons on sharing Jesus with Muslims

Yesterday I reviewed David Garrison’s A wind in the house of Islam and today I want to share some of the insights into both church planting and Islam that I gained from the book. All page references are from the book. The first really helpful lesson

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Book Review: A wind in the house of Islam

The freedom to convert religion is a touchy subject, it always feel like a betrayal. Conversion also has another name – apostasy – and in Islam that is a crime punishable by death. Conversion, then, from Islam to Christianity is always a decision of great courage,

Abortion: re-engaging with the issue

Growing up in a Christian family and having spent the majority of my life in the church, it has not been hard for me to accept that abortion is wrong. However, the numbers of moments when I have ever taken a stand against and actually done something

Same-sex marriage: where now?

Proof, if any were needed, that progressive politics has triumphed in the court of public opinion throughout the West came when a different court delivered its verdict on same-sex marriage. The US Supreme Court’s recent 5-4 decision extending marriage to couples in same-sex relationships is, arguably,

Leadership in the early church

I’m of the school of church leadership that, while wanting to learn from the whole of church history, places more weight on the forms and patterns of the first century church. I believe, for a variety of reasons, that close approximation to the patterns, habits and practices