When did God last disagree with you?

It’s the challenge that I often raise with people when I’m preaching. If God is real and his word is true then are you ready for him to disagree with you. It was the challenge that Mike Ovey left us with as students and it has stuck with me. If this is true, then it must be a question not just for church members and students but for preachers, pastors and the most Phd’d up scholars you can find. Continue reading

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What should we be doing? The mission of the church

This is first of all some follow on notes from discussions durning our Union Learning Community module on Church and Mission and secondly something for those of you who hqve read Chris Wright’s The Mission of God and Gilbert and DeYoung’s The Mission of the Church and stil thinking ” What should we be doing?” It also folows on from my talk at the Union Conference on ” Blessing the Church.” Continue reading

Fulfilling the Law (part 4) Typology

We’re continuing to think through the continuity and discontinuity between the OT and the NT. One helpful way to do this is through Typology. The OT provides types/ patterns or foreshadowing of the greater reality to come in Christ.

Let’s sketch that out a little (nb there’s nothing original in this post but if I were to cite everyone who had picked up on these images the footnotes would be longer than the article). Continue reading

Fulfilling the Law (part 3) believers’ baptism or paedo-baptism?

I want to pick up on one example of thee continuity-discontinuity question and look at baptism. Our church practices “Believers’ Baptism” but a lot of churches practice “paedo-baptism.” The argument for this among Reformed Christians is as follows Continue reading

Did they believe?

One of the hardest situations is when an elderly relative dies and we don’t know if they put their trust in the Lord. A question came up at our youth version of #FirstLook this week. Here’s some quick thoughts. Continue reading