Articles 

The transgender battle heats up

A blog is a record of your public musings and thoughts. I imagine if I searched through all the posts on here and pulled out all the predictions there would be a fair few wrong ‘uns. However, every now and then you call one right. Here’s four observations I made about this issue in June 2015 (and I can go back to 2012) Transgender is the new front-line for progressive politics Feminism vs Transgenderism The transgender debate will have consequences for the church This will change things I reckon I…

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Christian Living 

The Fellowship of the Ashamed

Longer ago than I care to think, while at university, I (and several others) were stirred by a piece called The Fellowship of the Unashamed. It’s of somewhat uncertain provenance with several varying origin stories floating around on the internet. But it was the sort of stuff that got the blood pumping amongst young people who were tired and fed up with middling mediocrity and passion-less Christianity. It was a rallying call to be anything other than lukewarm for Christ. It was a call to embrace world-changing commitment to Christ…

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Church 

Six steps to making your church better

Here are seven steps that show us what ‘loving one another looks like.’ And just so we’re clear about how important the command is: Jesus, Paul, Peter and John all tell the church to love one another. It was a command of Jesus, repeated by his apostles. Jesus: Jn 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” Paul: 1 Th 4:9 “Now concerning brotherly love you have no need for anyone to…

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Sweden 

Christianity has a problem with science in Sweden

Sweden is a secular country. That’s not news. The more interesting question is why? There is of course no one single answer – there are lots of answers and each one is a part of the puzzle. But one big piece of the puzzle seems to be that secular Swedes seem to have concluded en masse that science has disproved religion. Which is charmingly naive but they seem to have swallowed that so thoroughly that it’s going to be really hard to shift. So why do I say that? Consider…

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Church 

Is the World’s Next Missions Movement in Ethiopia?

From Christianity Today. First a little context. In Ethiopia, evangelicalism is growing at a faster rate than even the booming general population, already the second-largest in Africa and projected to exceed 112 million people by 2020. According to the World Christian Database, in 1970 the Horn of Africa nation had about 900,000 self-identifying evangelicals, about 3 percent of its total population. By 2015, that number swelled to almost 19 million, or 19 percent of Ethiopians. Then some grand aims for a church in a developing nation: Each year in January,…

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Christian Living 

When I Grow Up

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This from Andrew Wilson. Whenever I teach on eschatology, someone asks me about sex. I get fairly passionate about the new creation, and do my best to paint it in vivid colours and present something of the joy and wonder we will experience when we get there. But someone—usually, in my experience, a young man—will always ask whether,…

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Articles 

Bringing a Tent Peg to a Sword Fight

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is a brilliant article by Andrew Wilson over at Christianity Today. In the first Battle of Armageddon, the enemy commander was killed with camping equipment. Speculation about the next round has been the stuff of bestselling books and blockbuster movies, replete with speculation about a world government, flying locust-scorpion warships, bar codes, conspiracies, the EU, nuclear weapons,…

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