Nelson Mandela honored by South African pastor, PJ Smyth


This lunchtime I want to recognise that a giant has fallen. Nelson Mandela was nothing short of iconic for decades. He represents so much that is good, and upright, and that reflects the peacemaker values of Jesus Christ.In a nation where the majority were oppressed by the minority he could so easily have become a dictator, and turned the oppression back on those who locked him up for years.Yet he didn't.Mandela chose reconciliation.Mandela chose humilityMandela laid down his power … [Read more...]

The Bible TV series: a brilliant retelling of the greatest story ever told

The human race excels at storytelling. It is how we transmit our values, it is how we make sense of who we are.  Westerners sometimes like to pretend we are too sophisticated for stories. We say, "just give us the facts!" But our constant diet of movies, and TV entertainment demonstrates this is far from the truth. It is concerns me how we passively allow ourselves to be shaped by the stories unbelievers tell us.Meanwhile the greatest library of stories the world has ever seen sits on a s … [Read more...]

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


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 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


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 many of 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 … [Read more...]

Does God hate Gay people?


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


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


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


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...]