Book Review: Heartstone

  Every now and then I need a break from theological works and a good murder mystery usually does the trick. Heartstone is the fifth in the Shardlake stories and having enjoyed the previous four I was looking forward to this one. There are lots to enjoy; I like the main character Matthew Shardlake, the humpback London lawyer. Kind hearted, slightly self-pitying and a persistent terrier when it comes to his cases. All the other supporting characters have grown on me too. Sansom tells a story well and keeps the pages…

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Book Review: Hearing her voice

John Dickson is a minister in Australia and a senior research fellow in ancient history at Macquarie University in Sydney. He describes himself as a ‘soft complementarian’ and in this short e-book, Hearing Her Voice: A Case for Women Giving Sermons he makes the case for opening the pulpit to both men & women. His argument is very simple and very concise but it’s also limited. Dickson doesn’t discuss leadership and as a result has ample opportunity to offend complementarians by going too far and egalitarians by not going far enough.…

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Evangelicals, gender & homosexuality: part 2

I’m not sure how many posts on this blog could be seen as prophetic, but there’s reasonable grounds for seeing this one  (written just a week ago) as prophetic. Thanks Steve Chalke. I argued that those who have a justice hermeneutic regarding the issue of gender are very likely to see homosexuality in exactly the same light. I quoted Krish Kandiah who said, “As an egalitarian I believe that leadership roles are available to men and women in the church, this does not lead me to change my views on…

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My top posts of 2012

2012 was a slightly quieter year for me on the blogging front but its always interesting to see what posts have attracted the most interest. I’ve stripped out pictures and pages because, oddly enough, the most visited page on my blog after the home page is people looking for the Bank of England logo. Still here in reverse order are the top 10 most read posts of the last year (and in brackets where they rank on the all-time list) 10. (29) Can’t claim to have done anything other than…

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Evangelicals, homosexuality, gender & the media

Today The Independent newspaper in the UK published this piece on how some evangelicals are handling the thorny issue of homosexuality. Peter Ould does a good job of showing up some of the many inconsistencies and problems in the article. Peter’s blog by the way should be required reading for any evangelical thinking wanting to keep tabs on how this debate is evolving. Instead of repeating his arguments, I wanted to take another angle looking at what lies ahead for evangelicals (and especially those in the established church) over the…

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Books of 2012

This year has seen my hit a new low for reading and reviewing books (previous low was 20 in 2008 and down from a high of 35 last year). I think a lot of energy has gone into learning a language instead of into books and blogging, plus I’ve found this stage of parenting more tiring than ever. Anyway here is my shorter list of the books I have read in 2012 however I would add that almost all of these books have been excellent. So I’ve included a short…

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The courage to think differently

Some months ago I was in the Nobel museum in Stockholm. It was inspiring to read the stories and achievements of some of the greatest thinkers, writers, scientists, chemists, medical experts and peacemakers over the past 100 years or so. Many I’ve never heard of and a few didn’t really do all that much. One of the names I came across, nearly everyone has heard of, Albert Einstein. As part of the exhibit about this great man I read this: “You have to be brave if you want to think…

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