The Acid of Biblicism

I recently had an interaction on Twitter with another evangelical Christian about whether human life begins at conception. My interlocutor argued that since the Bible did not explicitly state that it does, the question should be left to individual Christian consciences. What struck me was not so much the issue at hand, important though it is, but…

Reflections on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture: A Response from Dr Craig Carter.

A few days ago, St Helen’s Bishopsgate posted a talk by Gwilym Davies entitled ‘Reflections on the Theological Interpretation of Scripture’ which was primarily an engagement with two books, Craig Carter’s Interpreting Scripture with the Great Tradition: Recovering the Genius of Premodern Exegesis and Keith Stanglin’s The Letter and Spirit of Biblical Interpretation: From the Early…

Why think about the Trinity?

On Sunday I was preaching on John 4:43-54, the healing of the royal official’s son. One notable aspect of the story is Jesus exclamation, ‘Unless you people (meaning the Galileans) see signs and wonders you will never believe’ to the man, just before he heals his son: a healing that John describes as his second…

Is God a United Family?

These last two Sundays before Christmas, I’ve been preaching a two-part series on the theology of Christmas. Next Sunday we’ll look at what it means that the Son of God was born as a man but last Sunday we looked at what Christmas tells us about God, that there is an Eternal Son who has…

A Few Thoughts on Brexit

A Few Thoughts on Brexit. Given the political turmoil gripping the British nation at the moment, I thought I would set down a few thoughts that have been buzzing around my head in the last few weeks. The Perspective of Eternity. Sunday before last, I preached on Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 7:29-31, What I…

Do We Need Church History?

One of the things I was asked to do when I began as Associate Minister at ELT Baptist Church was to teach a monthly church history course to a small group of church members. We’ve had two sessions so far and I’m very excited about our next session which, in a seasonally appropriate manner, will…

The Joy of Classical Theism

In the past month or so there has been a little bit of discussion of the question of ‘classical theism’: the belief that God is simple, eternal, unchanging, impassible and so on. I had never really examined these kind of ideas until about five years ago when I began to read Augustine’s Confessions as part…

On Tim Farron

Tim Farron’s resignation statement as Lib Dem leader was one of the clearest, bravest, most moving statements of commitment to Christ by a British public figure in recent years. His conclusion that ‘to be a political leader — especially of a progressive, liberal party in 2017 — and to live as a committed Christian, to…

Nick Faldo’s Golf Swing and Theological Education

In the mid-80s, Nick Faldo made one of the bravest decisions a professional athlete can take; he chose to completely overhaul his technique. It was not as if Faldo was a failure: he was already a European Order of Merit winner, had carded three top-10 Open finishes and was, to that point, the youngest Ryder…