Jonathan Fletcher, Steve Timmis and the danger of tribalism

As you may have seen in the news last year, Jonathan Fletcher, former vicar of Emmanuel church, Wimbledon, has been caught up in a storm over abuse – without going into all the details, see e.g. this article. Then, in the news last week, I read that Steve Timmis, CEO of the Acts 29 network…

I need your help!

I am asking for support – I need your help! As you may have seen if you’ve been looking at this site regularly, I’ve recently launched Understand the Bible. I need a bit of help to get it all going, it’s something that anyone can help with. I’ve recorded a video which you can see…

“I’m not that kind of guy…”

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about what type of person I am. It just seems over the last few months I’ve done a couple of things which don’t fit my “type”. A few months ago I started worrying about my fitness and health – I really wanted to try and lose some weight and…

Am I just my brain?

A wise and learned philosopher once said, “We are living in a material world, and I am a material girl”. OK, those were the lyrics to Material Girl by Madonna – but, whether she realised it or not, I think she was onto something: many people today, especially within science, do think we are quite…

Introducing… Sacred Podcast

I used to have a section on this site about “DJ Stuff”. This is because, in years gone by, I used to do a bit of DJing. With, you know, vinyl and everything. Anyway, I hung up my headphones a while ago and hadn’t done anything for years, but last year on a whim I…

Christians are not left or right (politically)

Over the last year or two I’ve got into YouTube: it has gradually become a valuable resource where you can access high-quality content. One of the channels that I’m subscribed to is Douglas Carswell – he is formerly the MP for Clacton (who achieved notoriety by becoming UKIP’s first MP when he defected from the…

Will there be sex in the new creation?

A few weeks ago I read a post over on the Think Theology blog called “When I grow up“. He quotes C.S. Lewis: I think our present outlook might be like that of a small boy who, on being told that the sexual act was the highest bodily pleasure, should immediately ask whether you ate…

A few thoughts on the EMA and Conservative Evangelical Subculture

I’ve just spent three days at the EMA – Evangelical Ministry Assembly, organised by the Proclamation Trust. I very much enjoyed my time – it was wonderful and refreshing to be out of regular ministry for a few days, and to take some time to receive some encouraging Biblical input. However – I did have…

Evangelism and Love – two sides of the same coin

Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and illness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is…

Laura Bates, teenage boys and misogyny

Earlier on I read an interesting interview with Laura Bates, the founder of the Everyday Sexism website. (The interview itself is behind a paywall but you can register with the Times to get free access to a limited number of articles per month). The interview itself is pretty shocking: What I do not recognise from…