Explaining the Gospel in an age of Biblical illiteracy

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This is the final session of my series Evangelism in a Post-Christian World. In it I demonstrate how we encourage people to explain the gospel. Material in this session is taken from my book Hope Reborn. The session ends with a Q and A time.You can watch the video above or download the notes here: Explaining the Gospel in an age of Biblical illiteracy. … [Read more...]

Authority vs Internet-inspired anarchy

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In this third session of Evangelism in a Post-Christian World, the focus turns to using the Internet as a Christian. Without the printing press it is hard to see how the Reformation would have had the impact it did. How can Christians today use Social Media for good? What should we beware of?You can watch the video above or download the notes here: Authority vs Internet-inspired anarchy … [Read more...]

Gospel Confidence: Do you really want your church to grow?

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The second in my series of talks on Evangelism in a Post-Chritian World is called: Gospel Confidence: Do you really want your church to grow?. It is my contention that many of us are actually secretly not that keen on our church growing. If this is true, then we are not that keen on people becoming Christians. There is something wrong if that is the case. In this talk I encourage us to renew our passionate conviction for the gospel, and dare to believe that Jesus meant what he said when he … [Read more...]

Ancient Morality vs Modern ‘Freedom’

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Today I begin a short series of videos which I have entitled "Evangelism in a Post Christian World" These were filmed at a training day I spoke at for the Counties Evangelists. The first section focused on the way our society is changing and a Christian response.You can watch the video above or view my slides here:Part One: Ancient Morality vs Modern 'Freedom' … [Read more...]

Top Posts during 2014

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In my last post I reviewed this year's blogging.  Now I want to share the articles that have been most popular on my site in the last twelve months. Many of these posts were written in previous years and thanks presumably to google continue to show remarkable levels of traffic. I plan on taking a break from blogging as 2015 begins, if you missed these posts, or would like to catch up on my year in the meantime follow the links:My thoughts on the latest round of Mark Driscoll and Acts 29 c … [Read more...]

The best and the worst of 2014

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It is hard to believe that 2014 is about to draw to an end. It is good for us to turn to a few days of reflection on what has been, of gratitude to God for his faithfulness, of expressing our regrets, and of giving voice to our hopes for 2015.The year on this blog began with me sharing content from Eddy Leo which included an interview and sessions from our 300 Leaders conference that had occurred in 2013. Eddy's impact on our church was real, and we continue to implement his helpful and … [Read more...]

Are people of faith no longer welcome in Britain?

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Here we have another guest post from education expert Gill Robins.G K Chesterton once observed of a friend that ‘he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind ... is to shut it again on something solid.’ In the last few days, it rather seems that the Department for Education (DfE) together with our Secretary of State for Education, have become advocates of the permanently open mind, and the outcomes hav … [Read more...]

State of the nation: seventy years of religious education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill RobinsSeventy years ago, the 1944 Education Act enshrined in law the statutory requirement for UK schools to provide religious education. Every day was to start with a daily act of Christian worship and religious education lessons were compulsory in all schools. Parents could opt their children out of RE and collective worship.Has anything changed? In law: very little, apart from a cursory nod in the 1996 Education Act  towards the m … [Read more...]

Compulsion or context: the future of Sex and Relationships Education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill Robins:Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is currently something of a mot du jour. There have been regular calls from a range of groups for an overhaul of SRE education programmes and on 21 October, a Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to the House outlining proposed changes to the current law.As the current law stands, Primary schools must deliver all aspects of sex education contained in the science curriculum that relate to … [Read more...]

How Ofsted appears to be systematically breaking the law

UPDATE: Education minister Nicky Morgan states clearly to The Times on Sunday: Faith schools ‘must teach gay rights’ despite the legal position below.Back in May, Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a Muslim school because the parents objected to the kinds of questions the inspectors were asking primary school children. As the Guardian reports, the parents were quite vocal: "One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, we are not comfortable about a … [Read more...]


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