..but the Bible doesn’t claim to be the Word of God does it? – more on the Steve Chalke debate

One of the oddest arguments by professing Christians in the most recent Steve Chalke dispute is “The Bible doesn’ claim to be the Word of God.” It’s an odd claim because: Continue reading

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David’s line – what makes Jesus special?

Just some musings whilst preparing to preach on Matthew 2. Continue reading

Why God’s Grace is always more loving than our attempts at mercy – another reminder

Thursday 27th July 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act which decriminalised homosexual behaviour. To mark the anniversary, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York released a statement.[1]

In the Statement, they made the following key points

  1. They and the majority of Anglican primates were in favour of decriminalisation
  2. It is right that the Church condemns sin and evil (they give the example of abuse against the poor and marginalised.
  3. That the church is too often seen in terms of what it is for rather than what it is against.
  4. That we all have our burdens to bear and sin is an especially heavy burden.  Jesus offers his yoke which is light.

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What Stops me? Obstacles in the search for Eternal Life

Some people ask Jesus about divorce and re-marriage.  Jesus tells them that marriage is permanent unless there has been sexual immortality.  Jesus denies a man permission to leave his wife if he finds fault with her. The disciples are shocked. They say Continue reading

Can I trust the Bible? – The Gospels and AD 70 (Case Study 2)

One of the key arguments in favour of trusting the Bible, particularly the Gospels is that we are dealing with eye witness accounts and generally speaking, historians give significant weight to eye-witness reports. Continue reading

Can I trust the Bible? Isn’t it just a load of made up stories?

Can I trust what I’m reading?  It’s an important question -especially if you are reading out the winner of the Oscar for best film! Continue reading

How God shows up in Jesus

“If God exists, why doesn’t he show up and prove it?”

I’ve mentioned a few times how helpful I’ve found Paul Williams and Barry Cooper’s approach to answering difficult questions helpful.[1] So often when we engage in apologetics we find ourselves wanting to take the person to Jesus and the Cross but find ourselves side tracked by complex apologetics. So I found it liberating when at a training session on evangelism, Paul Williams said “Why not do, that? Why not take them straight to Jesus?”  Continue reading