Preaching, Rhetoric and Michael Curry

OK, OK, I know everyone is bored of talking about Michael Curry now. But I wanted to pick up on one thing which few people have really talked about – the delivery and style of his sermon, rather than the content. In my previous post I said that it was powerful, and Ian Paul has…

Royal Wedding Sermon: Michael Curry's Bad News

A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross. – H. Richard Niebuhr One of the biggest talking points of the royal wedding yesterday between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is – unpredictably – the sermon. Even The Guardian have got in…

The lost art of Catechism

Catechism (n): an elementary book containing a summary of the principles of the Christian religion, especially as maintained by a particular church, in the form of questions and answers. In our church we regularly run courses for people who want to find out more about the Christian faith. In the past we’ve run Alpha, and more…

Videos & the blog – update

I’ve just uploaded the last in my series on “How to grow as a Christian” – looking at the cross from Mark’s gospel. I apologise that my blog has become even more neglected over the last month, but I have been uploading videos weekly. If you want to follow these videos, the best thing is…

Can we be optimistic about 2018?

Happy New Year to all my blog followers! Seeing as my last one seemed to be received well, I decided to do another vlog message thinking about the subject of whether we can be optimistic in 2018. Given that the world is in such a mess at the moment – the bad news seems to…

Peter Adam on depression

I’ve been on a roll talking about mental health lately, so I thought I’d share this video I’ve just found (courtesy of the Gospel Coalition). It’s of Peter Adam talking about mental illness – in particular, his suffering with depression for 30 years. It’s a very honest interview and well worth watching.  Three points jumped…

Follow-up on mental health

A few weeks ago I blogged about a Christian perspective on mental health. In that piece I started out by saying, “There is far, far more to say and I just wanted to make clear from the outset: this is just the beginning.” Well, today Glen Scrivener wrote an excellent piece on the Gospel Coalition website…

Homophobic bullying and CofE schools

Today the Church of England unveiled a new document designed to help tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT – because there aren’t enough acronyms already) bullying in schools. You can read the press release on that page, and the document itself is linked at the bottom. Personally I find the document deeply troubling – although…