Category: Christian

  • What is a ‘salvation issue’?

    What is a ‘salvation issue’?

    Over the last few weeks I’ve seen a few people talking about the question of what is and is not a “salvation issue”. The presenting issue is sexuality and marriage (yes, again). Jayne Ozanne, who is a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage within the church, wrote an article in Premier Christianity arguing that sex outside…

  • Why Christians should be ‘conspiracy theorists’

    Why Christians should be ‘conspiracy theorists’

    Three conspiracy theorists walk into a bar… you can’t tell me that’s just a coincidence. When I was growing up, conspiracy theorists had a bad reputation. A conspiracy theorist was someone who usually had too much time on their hands and was obsessed with ‘out-there’ theories about what the shadowy elite pulling the strings were…

  • More safeguarding is not the answer

    More safeguarding is not the answer

    I’ve been thinking a lot about safeguarding recently. If you’re involved in church circles it’s difficult to avoid – not least because church leaders being investigated for safeguarding is becoming a depressingly regular occurrence. The latest leader to fall is Mike Pilavachi, who is the co-founder of Soul Survivor. Commentators keep telling us we need…

  • New Book: Confused by Grace

    New Book: Confused by Grace

    I’ve written a book! It’s a Christian book – here’s the blurb: I’m going to be doing a video about it in the next few days, which you will be able to see on Understand the Bible, but you can buy it now from Amazon (Kindle or paperback editions available).

  • Why can’t we have an honest conversation about the covid vaccines?

    Why can’t we have an honest conversation about the covid vaccines?

    Some years ago, when forums were all the rage on the internet, I used to spend hours online debating atheists. To be honest, debating things on the internet was always a frustrating experience. Firstly, all the participants (including myself) did it not because we really cared about the other person, but because we wanted to…

  • Why be “political?” – Defending Sacred Musings

    Why be “political?” – Defending Sacred Musings

    In my latest podcast, I mentioned that I had recently come under some criticism for the way that Sacred Musings is getting political. In particular, some friends who had been supporting me for the last year or so stopped their support because they believed me to be moving towards a divisive political ideology. I suspect…

  • Gay rights led to the trans madness

    Gay rights led to the trans madness

    The other day I was watching a Triggernometry interview with Arielle Scarcella – it was called “Trans ideology is the new homophobia”. One of the things I found fascinating about it was the way that a lesbian woman could be called transphobic, simply because she prefers a “real” woman to a transwoman. Everyone in the…

  • Abortion is the new slave trade

    Abortion is the new slave trade

    In a recent article I mentioned abortion as the most egregious example of the barbaric way our society treats children. The other day, I was struck by another angle: abortion could be compared with the transatlantic slave trade. Let me explain. A question of rights It seems to me the pro-choice argument largely boils down…

  • The barbaric way we treat children will be the undoing of the West

    The barbaric way we treat children will be the undoing of the West

    “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer If this is true, then we must live in a barbaric society: it struck me forcefully yesterday that our society routinely throws children under a bus. Consider: Young people and especially children have suffered the most from the…

  • John Stott on speaking out about contemporary issues

    John Stott on speaking out about contemporary issues

    Over the Christmas period, I read John Stott’s book I believe in Preaching. The book may be 40 years old, but I found it immensely helpful, encouraging, as well as challenging. One chapter in particular stood out for me as being especially helpful, which is called ‘Preaching as Bridge-Building’. This chapter is all about how…