We are quick to want practical solutions and speedy resolutions to our afflictions. Instead, God often makes us wait, depriving us of what we want,…
A couple of weeks ago, I posted some thoughts on reading on the Pastors’ Academy blog. I offered five suggestions: Read less, read better Learn…
James Mendelsohn and Bernard Howard have recently published a thorough and well-documented, analysis of the antisemitism of Anglican evangelical vicar Stephen Sizer, the repeated complaints of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, and close to a decade of almost total silence from Anglican evangelicals.
In the darkness in a world in darkness, two small lungs fill with air. A piercing, angry squall of newborn shock, a mother’s smile and tender…
Having assigned John Webster’s essay, ‘Biblical Reasoning’ for the first week of an introductory course in systematic theology, I re-read it and discovered that it’s denser and more difficult than I remembered. So I produced this short guide which summarises the different sections of the essay, offers definitions of difficult terminology and translations of bits of Latin, and suggests some questions to aid reading. I post it here on the off-chance it might be useful to someone else.
Grace restores and perfects nature. This has profound implications for our understanding of the place of the procreation, nurture and discipling of children in families and in the church. The future belongs to the fecund people of God.
What to say when Easter joy
Is silent? When in my heart
I sense a still-sealed tomb?
When death has won and cries of peace
Are violent intruders, mocking
in the gloom.
A man I never knew has died and I am sad.
Parents, not my own, are sick,
and I am anxious as I wait for news.
In our current trials, painful as they are, we are being given a gift—a gift as Christians, a gift as pastors, a gift as churches and a gift as nations, if only we will take it. This time of losses, restrictions, anxieties and griefs, it also a matchless opportunity for grace.
I’ve been trying to work out why I’m feeling existentially disconnected from Covid-19-related fears. I’m taking it seriously, but it’s not registering in any deeply personal way. Partly it’s that my routines are largely undisrupted. But as I reflect on people’s reactions I think there’s more, because a lot of these feelings have been my friends for more than 2 years now.