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September 2020

The ‘Woke’ agenda

I am asleep. I am not awake. Or to use the PC term, I am not ‘Woke’. I fully agree…

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September 2020

Bored with the Bible?

In last month’s ET Stephen Rees set out four things we shouldn’t do if we find that our Bible reading…


September 2020

The importance of Christian education

The question of how we educate our children is not a matter of indifference or personal taste for Christian disciples.…


September 2020

The rise of anti-Christian ideologies and how…

The first UK Gay Liberation Front Manifesto was published in 1971. The document urged activists to target law, education, and…


August 2020

Intersectionality and the church

A few years ago, during an open question and answer session on a college campus, a student accused me of…

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Why Should I Trust the Bible?

We should trust the Bible, says Timothy Paul Jones, because it is ‘grounded in the words of a man who died and rose again’ (p.111). Jones’s basic presupposition is this: ‘If we live in a world where it is possible…

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Who Am I? Human Identity and the Gospel in a Confusing World
Thomas Fretwell

In today’s secular society, religion is often regarded as without rational or scientific basis, and therefore irrelevant to life in the modern world and all areas of public engagement. If that is our social context, then it is no wonder…

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The Pastor’s Life: Practical Wisdom from the Puritans
Matthew D Haste & Shane W Parker

This book highlights ‘some of the many lessons that today’s pastors can learn from the Puritans’ (p.151). As such it is aimed at pastors, but the lessons are really for anyone who is a Christian leader. The opening chapter provides…

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5 Minutes in Church History: An Introduction to the Stories of God’s Faithfulness in the History of the Church
Stephen J Nichols

What a breath of fresh air this book is! Stephen Nichols has given us 40 vignettes from church history that are brief enough to be digested over a bowl of cereal. The book doesn’t aim to be a beginner’s guide…