Popular posts: 10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan.

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run. Today we feature, "10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan." As the world was reeling from the astonishing news from Japan, this post proved quite popular as it attempted to think through how Christians should respond: 10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, … [Read more...]

John Stott (27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011) Round up of memorial posts

I suspect that by now almost everyone who reads this blog will already know that John Stott passed away two days ago. It is impossible to overstate the influence Stott had on the evangelical world in the 20th Century. I thought I would here share some quotes and a round up of useful links form around the net. John Stott Ministries has a website where you can read more about him. Third Way have a comprehensive interview with Stott from 2005. John Piper's personal reflection on Stott's life … [Read more...]

Comments switched on after a break of over three years. Your chance to answer back

I am very grateful to God for the numbers of you that faithfully keep coming back to this blog and reading. Till now, unless you are on Twitter there has been no easy way to allow you a voice. Now that Facebook have introduced a new commenting system, I have decided to trial this for a while and see how it goes. One thing I like about this system is that commentators are risking their online Facebook reputation by what they say, and as a result I trust will be wise in what they say. The … [Read more...]

10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan

As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, and deals with the consequences of such massive devastation caused by the last one, not to mention the risk of a major nuclear incident, how should Christians respond? Please understand that none of this is intended to claim that we have all the answers to such a disaster. In fact, like Job's friends' initial response, often the best thing we can do is say absolutely nothing, and share people's pain. I write this article with … [Read more...]

15 principles to live by as a Christian in an increasingly hostile world

Last Friday, I posted about a recent court case that really centered on the perceived conflict between modern society’s requirements and the beliefs of two private individuals. Today, I want to move away from the specifics of that case and outline some general principles that should help us as people of faith to consider similar issues. We must beware of generalizing. It is easy and intellectually lazy to assume that all Christians, or all evangelicals, or even all Muslims think in a … [Read more...]

Does equality for homosexuals trump religious freedom? The Case of Eunice and Owen Johns

I have thought long and hard about whether to blog about a recent legal judgment that has made the headlines here in the UK, and about what I would want to say if I did. There has been much print spilled in some of our newspapers, many blogs written, and perhaps much confusion as a result. In particular there has been much attention drawn to a quote attributed to the Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) submission in this case, which apparently stated that children risk being … [Read more...]

How Social Media really is changing the world

They say a picture is worth a thousand words.  Sometimes a video is worth a whole book.  This is one of those times.  I dare you to watch this video, and not conclude that social media really is a revolution.  As Christians we have to embrace this, aware of its dangers, but becoming experts at using these tools for the glory of God.   … [Read more...]

What kind of revolution will this turn out to be? Will it make a difference to men like Said Musa?

There is no doubt that we live in extraordinary days. The Middle East is full of revolutionary uprising. Crowds are overthrowing regimes that have been in place for decades. But what do the people really want? And more importantly perhaps, when the dust has settled, new constitutions have been written, and new laws have been firmly established, what will these countries look like? Will all the dominoes topple, or will the might of existing leaders in some nations defeat the popular … [Read more...]

Joel Osteen on Homosexuality

I thought I would share this quote today as it is a very interesting contribution to a very difficult modern debate. We live in a world that is quite rightly eager that we should see equality for all. In this quote Joel Osteen tries to balance his view that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin with being accepting of all people. I think the really interesting question for society is, does a comment like this constitute "hate speech" which should be condemned, or can we build a society where … [Read more...]

Using Technology to serve your church – Mark Driscoll and Jeff Vanderstelt

I plan on blogging about some of the tech tools that can help churches. To begin, I thought I would share this video from The City which is an interview with two pastors on how tech has helped them. It is a long flowing conversation, and should give you a good idea of how things like The City can help. … [Read more...]