A Muslim, a Christian, and a Jew walked into a church in Texas . . .

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I am here in Texas, in the heart of the Bible Belt. I have met here not just one Muslim, Christian and Jew but a number, and I believe there are Buddhists here also. The speaker list is quite impressive.I’ve already realized that this Global Faith Forum is going to be unlike any other event I have ever attended. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some very interesting people already. These are just some of them:A Christian who is serving in Iraq to help in the provision of specialist hea … [Read more...]

See you in Texas? Come and join the global marketplace for Faith

The vision of Patheos.com who are kind enough to host this blog is to "host the conversation on faith." I outlined in my first ever post on the site why I was thrilled to join in. We really do live in a global village, and so it is vital that we learn how to really listen to each other, and show true respect.  Sometimes that mutual respect and understanding is absent in conversations even with those in our own faith (resisting the temptation to give an example...but regular readers will know … [Read more...]

How a generation of Evangelicals failed to colonise TV

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The Reformers commandeered  the printing press to great effect in the battle of ideas. In the past 20 years, Evangelicals have also invaded the Internet, publishing a multitude of gospel-centered blogs, sermons, and magazine sites. Unfortunately the generation that came before ours signally failed to colonise TV.I have now finished reading Strange Fire. I want to address the topic of what is on Christian TV before I get back to my series of posts aiming to counter each biblical argument (see … [Read more...]

Does God hate Gay people?

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Conservative Minister with same sex attraction speaks out:If for some reason the video above does not work you can try watching on youtube direct. The UK has now passed legislation allowing Gay Marriage, to hear Sam's views on this view the video from around 40 minutes. This video is a Google hangout with my friend Sam Allberry in which we discuss his brand new book Is God anti-Gay? Sam is a Reformed Evangelical Minister in the Church of England who also experiences pr … [Read more...]

Margaret Thatcher’s death – a Christian’s response

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It was hours after the announcement that I heard the news that the UK's first and only woman Prime Minister had died. In life she was always a figure that inspired love by some and hatred by others. It is alway so with every great leader. I hope that in death her impact on this great nation of mine will be re-assessed by all, no matter what political party we come from.There is no denying the massive impact this woman had on our politics. The Guardian's timeline of her life makes the point … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have … [Read more...]

The end of Movember

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The month of November is at an end. My upper lip is especially itchy today almost as if it is anticipating its return to freedom from fuzz!It's not too late for you to sponsor this work of art. It is in aid or help for male cancers and in memory of my Father-in-Law who died this past year. This time last year I did not know he was sick. Now he is with Jesus. The least I could do was grow a moustache for a month! … [Read more...]

The British Invaded 90% Of The World

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Joe Carter shared a fascinating study which has demonstrated that The British Have Invaded 90% Of The World. In other words, there are only 22 current nations who my forefathers have not invaded at some point in history. What is really interesting in my nation is that we don't seem to know how to think or feel about our military interventions in years gone by.By all accounts Germans remain fundamentally regretful and embarrassed of their past. The French on the other hand still celebrate … [Read more...]

New Evangelical Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby

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Today they have finally confirmed that the current Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican church worldwide. My Church of England Evangelical friends are no doubt very pleased, but we must not underestimate the challenge Welby has ahead of him.The phrase "Bishop of Durham" still sends a chill down the spine of older evangelicals in the UK like me. One of the previous incumbents was infamous, and was so liberal he would not have been a … [Read more...]

Rick Warren appeals for civility

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With the American Election just tomorrow now, I think that Warrens words, quoted in a helpful post from Frank Viola entitled, "20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me" are well worth reading and considering carefully (along with the rest of Viola's interesting post).This notion of "disagreeing agreeably" lies behind my post on inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue. Whether we are talking doctrine or politics we must learn to be polite to each other at all t … [Read more...]


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