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The odd case of the atheists and the historical Jesus

When it comes to the discussion of religion among atheists (if they’re not being massively condescending) it is clear that they operate on the clear conviction that they work on the basis of evidence and if believers did too then, well they probably wouldn’t be

Global reading: a failed test

Adam Roberts conducted an exercise to see how globally read he was in terms of fiction. I started this exercise curious to see, really, how large is the gap in my knowledge of world literature. It turns out: it’s pretty huge. The majority of nation-states

Still all alone

I’m interested in the efforts and interest in finding other intelligent life in the universe which recently took a bit of a knock. On the one hand The “exoplanet” revolution of the last 20 years has shown us that the universe is awash in alien

Why I don’t think North Korea will give up the nukes

So in yesterday’s least surprising development there came the ‘news’ that North Korea may be working on new missiles. This should not surprise anyone.. I simply don’t believe they will give up the nukes. I will be delighted if history proves me wrong but here are my

Seeking the good life

On Sunday when our church gathered to worship we did so as a church mostly made of people from elsewhere. There were those in Sweden because they married a Swede giving them the right to stay. There were those who moved for work – educated,

A word of encouragement for Courage

As I prepared for the Courage Conference, I spent some time reflecting on the times God spoke to people calling them to have courage and not to be afraid. I shared this during one of the main sessions. Afterwards several people asked for a copy.

Courage Conference

The reason I was in London was to be at our Relational Mission leadership conference. the theme was courage. It represented a step change for us as a family of churches. It was a move away from the provincial heartland in East Anglia to the

Ten thoughts on London

At the beginning of June I was privileged to spend a few days in London. Some quick observations Lots of sirens. Our conference venue was opposite Euston so very central so I guess that factors in, but the high frequency was noticeable to me as