Are Dating Shows Sending the Wrong Message?

In my book A Better Kind of Intimacy, I wrote about the problem of pornography, and particularly how it has shifted and grown with the advent of smartphones and social media. The book was published just over a year ago, but even since then there has been a further shift in the way sex is presented to young people. A few years ago, Channel 4 broadcast a show called Sex Box, in which a couple Read more…

Christianity and Climate Change

Last week, I embarked upon my bi-weekly mission to gather up and sort all of our recycling, ready for collection day. I’m the kind of person who tends to just throw everything into a big bag for life and hope it doesn’t all fall over. Our recycling area regularly looks like it’s about to topple because of all that’s spilling out of it! For many of us, dealing with our recycling can feel like a Read more…

What One Thing Would You Change in Society?

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reading Ready Player One (I haven’t finished it yet, so no spoilers in the comments please!). I’m sure that I’m only one of many people who has decided to pick up a copy, given the current release of its film adaptation in cinemas. One of the biggest trends in fiction over the last few years has been the setting of a dystopian society. The Hunger Games, Maze Read more…

Young People: A Force For Change

On the 14th of February 2018, a student with an AR-15 rifle murdered 17 young people and wounded 17 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. This tragedy sent ripples across the whole world, so much so that it has remained a strong talking point months later. There is one key reason for this: young people. I have been amazed, watching from afar as the Never Again MSD movement gained momentum. Spearheaded Read more…

Book Review: Gospel Fluency

A couple of years ago our staff team took a few months to work through a book called Saturate: Being a Disciple of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life by Jeff Vanderstelt. It helped to shape a lot of our thinking on how we as a church do mission through our Connect Groups. If you have even a passing interest in what it means to follow Jesus in the everyday stuff of life, Saturate Read more…

La La Land and the Problem of Tolerance

La La Land and the Problem of Tolerance

Yesterday Annie and I went to the cinema to see La La Land. Everyone seemed to be talking about it lately, so we thought we’d better go and check it out. There was a particular line in it which caught my attention. In a scene where the two lead characters are getting to know each other, Ryan Gosling’s character Seb talks about his dream of starting a jazz club on the site of a previously Read more…

Book Review: The Wrong Jesus

It’s been a while since I last updated this blog! That being the case, I think it’s an appropriate moment for a change of pace. Up until now, I’ve sought to write about issues of modern-day apologetics, dealing with some of the objections people may have to the Christian faith or specific Christian beliefs. I’ll continue to do that in future, but I also want to broaden my focus, at least partly to open up Read more…

The Day That Changed My Life

Today I was browsing Facebook and I saw some pictures from this year’s Soul Survivor camp. If you’re not aware, Soul Survivor is a Christian camp for young people, which is attended by over 20,000 young people every year. It’s an incredible ministry which transforms thousands of lives every year. Soul Survivor is over for this year, but those pictures reminded me that it was ten years ago this year that I gave my life Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About… The Environment?

I’m currently in a series of blog posts about political issues. In the wake of the Brexit vote and the establishment of our new government under Theresa May, I felt it was important to examine some social and political topics by asking the question, “What does the Bible say about…?” You can read my previous posts on Immigration and Benefits by clicking the links. My topic for this post is the environment. Many people were Read more…

What Does the Bible Say About… Benefits?

It seems like politics has never been more central in the minds of ordinary people in the UK, at least in my lifetime. The passion released by the EU Referendum has continued through the resignations of multiple politicians and the installation of the new Prime Minister Theresa May. It is vital that Christians are able to understand the key issues which are being debated, from a Biblical perspective. We need to understand the heart of Read more…