GUEST POST – The myth of the unhappy pagan

This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of 1 Thessalonians to Titus”, published this month by Monarch Books.  THE MYTH OF THE UNHAPPY PAGAN “They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved.” (2 Thessalonians 2:10) You have probably heard the joke about the man who tried to get his sofa down the stairs of his apartment block. One of his neighbours saw him sweating and took pity on him but, if … [Read more...]

The heavens declare the glory of God. The sky above proclaims his handiwork

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19)   … [Read more...]

What is relational Christianity?

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When I was just four I became a part of a family of churches that was subsequently called Newfrontiers. Terry Virgo was the founder of that group. One of our rallying calls was a call to "relational Christianity." This call is as relevant now as it has ever been. A few days ago Terry posted a couple of tweets about this: You are welcome to church life shaped & formatted by business psychology and procedure. I prize brotherly love and comradeship always! — Terry Virgo (@TerryVirgo) May … [Read more...]

How did the early church view baptism?

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When it comes to the issue of baptism, there is not a little disagreement among Christians. I am, as many of you will know, a baptist. I believe that the Bible is clear about baptism. I think it is easy to demonstrate it is an initiatory act that is supposed to follow faith, and hence cannot be performed on infants. I believe that baptism is the primary way a new believer is commanded by Jesus himself to dedicate themself to God. I believe that it requires much water and is to be performed by … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Why doesn’t the Bible condemn slavery?

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This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books. You can visit Phil Moore Books or follow him on Twitter. WHY DOESN’T THE NEW TESTAMENT CONDEMN SLAVERY? “Slaves, obey your earthly masters with respect and fear, and with sincerity of heart, just as you would obey Christ.” (Ephesians 6:5) William Knibb, a British missionary to colonial Jamaica, wrote home: … [Read more...]

Did Rosberg Cheat? What Hamilton and Formula One should do about it

I don't think I have ever written on here about my favourite sport: Formula One. But this weekend has left me a little disturbed. So far this year for those of us who had got bored of the domination of Red Bull, the success of Mercedes has been a blessed relief. Right now, most fans don't care that Mercedes are dominating even more than Red Bull did over the last few years, nor that they look like they may achieve the  most dominant season in the history of Formula One. Partly this is because … [Read more...]

God and the Gay Christian – a round up of critiques

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This month on the Patheos book club a new book by Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian has been featured.  A number of Patheos bloggers here have responded very positively to the book (see the book club page for links). There was also a web chat where this book was welcomed as an important contribution to the current debate on how Christians should view homosexuality. As an example of how some bloggers are viewing this, here is one of the book's endorsements: "God and the Gay … [Read more...]

Interview on Same Sex Marriage with Baptist Union Spokesman Stephen Keyworth

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One thing I am determined to do on this blog is to fairly report significant developments in the Church, especially when it concerns the parts of the Church I am most closely associated with. I have been what is often called a credobaptist all my Christian life, and my marriage certificate even says I was "married according to the rites and ceremonies of the Baptists" standing underneath a C.H.Spurgeon -laid foundation stone. So what happens in the Baptist Union matters to me. Yesterday I … [Read more...]

The Baptist Union to allow differences on Same Sex Marriage

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The title of a recent Premier Radio news story "Baptist Union to allow gay marriage ceremonies" could be read in a way that slightly misrepresents the UK Baptist group's position, as it appears that there will not be any gay marriages in Baptist Churches just yet. They have nonetheless made a radical change. As regular readers will be aware, Steve Chalk's Oasis Trust was recently removed from the EA over their position on the Bible and homosexuality. Chalke's church has not been removed from … [Read more...]

YOU are invited to our International Day to celebrate the goodness of God in London

This weekend we will be taking over the Lee Valley Athletics stadium and gathering the whole of Jubilee Church together at one time. We will be celebrating the way God has brought together in our one local church more than 70 nationalities. The video in this embedded Facebook post will help you get an idea of what the day will look like. If you are able to get to Enfield in North London this Sunday you will be very welcome to join us. If you like the video please share it on Facebook so your … [Read more...]

GUEST POST: Paul’s curse on those who preach another gospel (Galatians 1)

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This blog is adapted from a chapter in Phil Moore’s new devotional commentary, “Straight to the Heart of Galatians to Colossians”, published this month by Monarch Books. ONE STAPLE “If we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let them be under God’s curse!” (Galatians 1:8) David Nowitz had tried very hard. The Society for Family Health in Johannesburg had never had such a conscientious marketing manager. He had managed to … [Read more...]

How to tell if you are an Evangelical or a Progressive Christian

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As you probably know by now, Steve Chalk's Oasis Trust has been expelled from the Evangelical Alliance. Despite this, Chalke has been insisting that he is still an evangelical.  There are two indisputable facts, as we look at the aftermath of this decision however: Firstly, one of only two umbrella organisations representing Evangelicals in the UK has decided that they feel Chalke is out of step with the majority of Evangelical leaders in the UK.  I don't believe for a moment, that the … [Read more...]


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