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When Jon Strutted His Stuff image
When Jon Strutted His Stuff

The first time I met Jonathan Strutt I realised that he matched his name.  Or so it seemed to me. There was a definite strut to him from what I could see. There I was, January 1988, a callow journalism graduate, freshly minted, starting a new job at a new Christian

Review: Ideas that Changed the World (video course about the Reformation) image
Review: Ideas that Changed the World (video course about the Reformation)

Dominic 'Introducing God' Steele has just produced a new 4-week course about the Protestant Reformation: Ideas that Changed the World. This comes in time for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation: an occasion/excuse to highlight the theological ideas that lie at the heart of it, ideas that not only

Some Batons Are Worth Dropping image
Some Batons Are Worth Dropping

We’ve all sat watching those relay races in which one team, striving hard to stay in medal contention, just overcooks it a little.  The third to fourth runner can’t catch up as her colleague sets off, conscious not to run out of the hand over zone.  The resulting

Mirrors 24th February 2017 image
Mirrors 24th February 2017

A great article from Sandy Grant on two perspectives on the venue of the Bible Society 200th celebration. Church secretary chooses every font know to man on potluck flier Welcome back Ministry Principles and Prags! "Late people are more creative and successful": Very sloppy argumentation... but don't

Saul and that Pesky Amalekite Genocide image
Saul and that Pesky Amalekite Genocide

Every now and then you draw the short straw for preaching.  Or perhaps the long bow.  But anyway this Sunday I have 1Samuel 13-15, the story of the downfall of Saul for his twin acts of disobedience. Hey, see what I did there?  I assumed that you would read those

Repost: Some infant baptism thoughts — negative (from September 2007) image
Repost: Some infant baptism thoughts — negative (from September 2007)

1. "Believer-baptists accuse us of baptising unregenerate people, but believer-baptists do it all the time! How can they live with the fact that people fall away?" This is unfair. What the believer-baptist is saying is that infant-baptists *delieberately* baptise people who are not regenerate. For an infant baptist, the church kid

Revisiting the Visitors’ Book image
Revisiting the Visitors’ Book

A long time family friend sent me a photo of a page of her grandmother’s visitors book.  Or should I say, one of her grandmother’s visitors’ books. I well remember her grandparents when I was young.  They lived near the church we attended and always had people over.

Silence - Scorsese questions God image
Silence - Scorsese questions God

There are many comforting forms of silence. The cool silence of the dawn; the warm silence between  friends; the silence that settles over a sleeping house. There is one silence, though – one absence – that scares some and elicits anger in others. It is the silence attributed to

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