All posts by Phil Whittall

Introducing the Minor Prophets

I hadn’t planned to do anything on the Minor Prophets, to be honest, I’ve never thought of writing much of anything on them here. Then it turns out that the Women’s group in Grace Church had been reading them together. The leader of the group, Kate Almström, then

What should we learn from Harry Potter?

Tyler Cowen put this question to Jordan Peterson in a very interesting conversation. The answer: Voluntary death and rebirth redeems. Quite so, Jordan, quite so. *Which is probably why in answer to the question, are you a Christian he says, “But I would say that I am Christian

The Curiosity Index (14.02.2019)

How Africa is converting China This is a fascinating take. And yet, to the dismay and confusion of the CCP, Christianity keeps growing; many Christians take persecution as a sign that they are doing something right. If US State Department numbers are to be believed,

The Curiosity Index (13.02.2019)

Many people still reject Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution The interesting question in places like Britain is why? It can hardly be down to the pernicious influence of Christianity as it basically has none. Nick Spencer of Theos, a think-tank devoted to religion, notes that

Meteors & the destruction of Sodom

I’ve got a few stories like this one saved up. This one is from Science Alert and relates to the biblical story of the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah. Archaeological discoveries at the site of ancient Sodom seem to suggest that a meteor air-burst at

Book review: Apostolic Church Planting

Apostolic Church Planting: Birthing New Churches from New Believers by J.D. Payne My rating: 3 of 5 stars This short book on church planting is a contribution to the conversation around disciple-making movements (DMM) and Church Planting Movements (CPM). It offers a clear model, a

The Curiosity Index (11.01.2019)

The “Judge Judged in Our Place”: Substitutionary Atonement Reclaimed A challenge here from Roger Olsen: If a person rejects substitutionary atonement I only care about two things: 1) Has he or she grappled sufficiently with the New Testament identifications of Jesus Christ with the “Suffering

2018: How did it go?

If you’re going to take stock of your life and see how things are going then the turn of a year is as good a time as any. I have four main areas which are repeating areas of investment for me: Run. Read. Write. Lead.