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April 2019
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Navratilova is hoist by her own prohibitive ‘consequence free’ petard

Martina Navratilova has come under fire for claiming that it is ‘cheating’ for transgender women to enter female sports tournaments. Though she has now rolled back from the word ‘cheat’, she maintains her arguments bear consideration and should be heard without being vilified as ‘transphobic’. She first received criticism when she tweeted: ‘You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards…’ She went on to write in The Sunday Times: ‘To put the argument at its most basic: a man can decide to be female, take hormones if required by whatever sporting organisation is concerned,...

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April 2019
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Enduring the cross

Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus ‘endured the cross’. Loch Ness is a narrow stretch of water, yet it reaches depths exceeding two hundred metres. The brevity of that biblical phrase is similarly deceiving. Often perhaps, we read it quickly, barely pausing to consider its fathomless content. Part of the problem is that words become debased. Although we might speak of someone ‘enduring’ an horrific disaster, the term is also used in less momentous contexts. A headline might read, ‘Arsenal defence endures a torrid afternoon’. Being so accustomed to relatively trivial ‘endurances’, we are not inclined to be stopped in our tracks by the mere...

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April 2019
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Comic book ‘Jesus’ dropped after outcry

DC Comics has announced the cancelation of a comic book series ‘Second Coming’ – featuring Jesus as a superhero sidekick – after nearly a quarter of a million Christians protested against it. Over 235,000 people signed a petition calling the plans ‘blasphemous’ and saying DC comics would never dare print a similar comic book featuring Mohammed or Buddha. Following the outcry, DC has informed retailers that the upcoming series has been cancelled, and that ‘these issues will not be resolicited.’ The organisers of the petition welcomed the news. However, the comic book’s author Mark Russell hopes to get the story published elsewhere. Writing on Twitter...

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January 2019
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Peers criticise PM over failure to grant asylum to Asia Bibi

In a letter to The Times, members of the House of Lords have strongly criticised the UK government over its handling of Asia Bibi’s plea for asylum. Asia Bibi was convicted in Pakistan of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death, but was recently acquitted. However, there are fears she will be killed by hardliners unless she flees the country. Lord Alton of Liverpool, Baroness Cox and other peers said in their letter that failing to offer her sanctuary here was a ‘serious betrayal’ by the UK. They wrote, ‘We are deeply concerned by reports that Theresa May is refusing asylum to Asia Bibi, who...

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January 2019
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September 2018
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Tale of two cathedral cities

London and Gloucester, two cathedral cities, have taken very different approaches to public Bible reading in recent weeks. London’s St Paul’s Cathedral no longer dominates the skyline amid the rise of skyscrapers but its vast dome is unmistakable. Often presented as a symbol of hope — one thinks of the famous Second World War image of the dome rising above the smoking ruins following a German air-raid — the cathedral was built by Christopher Wren, who wanted to rebuild a monument to God’s grace after the 1666 Fire of London destroyed the old, medieval cathedral. One has to wonder what he would have made of...

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August 2018
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The Haldane brothers and the quest for evangelical unity (2)

Link to Article 1 Link to Article 3 Noble as the ideal of evangelical union was; and hard as the Haldanes worked during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to see it realised; in the end they failed. This was a time when the Dissenters in England were agitating for their civil liberties. In 1828 the Test and Corporations Acts were repealed, but that was only the beginning of a long process of redressing English Nonconformist grievances. Independent churches on the borderland of the Church of England and Dissent became more distinctively Congregationalist, as did such interdenominational agencies as the London Missionary Society, Village...

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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders

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July 2018
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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders

Both here and in America, there have been a number of cases of evangelical church leaders caught in, or accused of, sexual sin. There have been allegations of affairs, cover-ups, cases of abuse and hypocrisy. Some of them have been proven. Others not. It’s all very sobering and heartbreaking. All sin is serious. But as the Bible says, sexual sin is especially serious because it is a sin against one’s own body, and sometimes a sin against someone else’s body. Sexual misconduct is notoriously difficult to prove because it generally takes place in private. Unless there is corroborating evidence, it usually comes down to a...

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July 2018
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July 2018
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March 2018
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On worship as entertainment and ‘Evangelicoolism’

As one animated sitcom in America wryly pointed out, Christian rock music doesn’t make Christianity better, it just makes rock and roll worse. It’s a fair summary of pretty much anything we try to do as Christians in the name of marrying Christianity to whatever passes as ‘wicked’ or ‘wizard’ among the youth these days. Trying to make Evangelicalism cool is something of a hiding to nothing. As Dick Lucas once averred, ‘Christians are weird, so don’t be weirder than you have to be’. Given the inherent peculiarity of being a Christian, whilst we shouldn’t be stranger than the gospel inevitably makes us, it does...

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March 2018
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Mission – New commissions for SASRA

The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) has commissioned two new Scripture Readers. The first was Army Scripture Reader (ASR) Jim Henderson. On 22 October 2017, 80 friends and members of the family gathered together at Milton Baptist Church, Stoke-on-Trent, to witness the commissioning of Jim Henderson as an ASR for SASRA. The association continues to enjoy the unique opportunity to befriend personnel in the British Army and Royal Air Force and demonstrate practical faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jim’s call to SASRA happened while he was studying theology at the College of North Staffordshire. He knew he was preparing for service...

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