“Do you want me to die? Because that’s where I am.” The slow-motion car crash, and subsequent public flogging of one-time breakfast TV darling, Phillip Schofield, is unbearable to watch. Though as in all slow-motion car crashes, many people can’t turn away. “Cultural swivel-headery” we might call it. Or perhaps plain old Schadenfreude. But […]
Tim Keller’s Last Word on Forgiveness
Perhaps it’s fitting that Tim Keller’s last book was Forgive: How Should I and How Can I?. In an era in which secular thinkers such as historian Tom Holland, and cultural commentator, Douglas Murray, worry about the loss of Christian virtues once taken for granted, this book seems a fitting final rejoinder to where we […]
The Reason for Tim
Why did God give us Tim Keller? News of his death overnight has opened up a veritable floodgate of love, grief and joy, gratitude and reflection. And all of that across the evangelical spectrum. Not a day goes by on social media in which evangelicals do not pile into each other, the theologies of the […]
Take Courage: You’re Not a Sole Survivor
The news coming out of the UK evangelical movement associated with the Anglican Church, Soul Survivor, is depressing. Depressing because it’s bad. And depressing because it’s all too familiar. Not that everything about the youth-focussed ministry led by Mike Pilavachi was depressing. Or familiar. Sure we’d heard about the massaging of young interns that occurred […]
Living in None-Land: How the Rest of the West Can Help American Christians in Their Decline
Post-religious America is somewhat like the angry teenager who, in seeking to self-identify in what seems like a suffocating household, becomes self-aware. Do you get what I mean? Self-aware of how transgressive they are. Self-aware of what the house rules are. Self-awareness is akin to an enlightening of the soul. The teen, bless his little […]
Ryan, Rob, Wrexham, and Pastoral Ministry
If you haven’t already heard the football fairy-tale story of Hollywood stars Ryan Reynolds and Rob McElhenney purchasing a struggling Welsh football club and bringing it back into the professional English Football League, then are you really alive? Catch up for goodness sake! And you can catch up. On Disney+. Reynolds and McElhenney pitched the […]
Hey Christian Schools Leader: You’re About to Be Outed.
In a whole new level of irony, leaders of Christian Schools are going to be outed over the stance on the sexuality and identity issues that so many for so long have tried to fudge. In a classic case of role reversal, the headmaster of a renowned independent school in Sydney is being called out […]
Hey Remember: There are Christian Schools and there are “Christian” Schools
In the current furore in Australia around who can be the student captain of a Christian school, it’s important to remember that there are Christian schools and there are “Christian” schools. You know what I mean by that? Simply this: There are schools that are committed to staffing and teaching according to a biblical/gospel framework […]
Abusive Leaders or the Sexular Culture? What’s Worse for the Church?
So what’s the biggest damage being done to the church? Is it from the “out there” Sexular Age, or the internal abuse that we see played out in so many sad ways. External or internal? What’s more likely to burn us down if we’re not careful? Well, as the taco shell girl says when faced […]
In a recent Substack article, famed New York psychologist and academic, Jonathan Haidt, showed conclusive evidence that the rapid rise in anxiety among Gen Z is directly linked to the widescale uptake of social media platforms in 2012. Faced with growing assertions that the levels of anxiety among younger generations was down to “bad politics” […]
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