One of the best investments I made with my time during my recent sabbatical was to study through (almost all of) the Psalms – I’m hoping to study those still left in my own time over the next few weeks. Like so many others before me, I found that the Psalms increased my faith and … Continue reading How Psalm 90 helped me pray for my generation
For me, perhaps the absolute highlight of student ministry with CUs is getting to attend a baptism of a student who has come to faith, and for whom the CU has played an important part in their conversion. It’s been a tremendous blessing to have attended many of these over the years. Getting baptised and … Continue reading How do we get new believers reading the Bible for themselves? – introducing the Bible Course
The Sri Lankan bishop D. T. Niles famously wrote that, “Evangelism is one beggar showing another beggar where he has found free bread.” It’s a beautiful statement of how a heart that has been satisfied in grace in Christ rightly responds in pointing others to that same source of grace. I recalled Niles’ statement as … Continue reading Evangelism and the smell of freshly-baked bread
Yesterday I started a two-part review of Sam Chan’s brilliant new book on sharing the gospel, Evangelism in a Skeptical World. Here are some further thoughts. One of the questions Chan poses is this: under God, why are more Asian Americans professing faith in Christ than Caucasian (white) Americans? No doubt, to adequately answer this … Continue reading Review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World (Sam Chan) – Part 2
For quite a while I’ve been searching for a book to recommend that both captures some of the challenges and opportunities for evangelism today within post-Christian cultures, and which offers some practical steps forward. Many books either remain academically insightful but frustrating in application for the practitioner, or are so pragmatically shaped that they lack … Continue reading Review: Evangelism in a Skeptical World (Sam Chan) – Part 1
I took a slightly different apologetic approach in the lunchtime messages I brought at Human Durham last week. All week, we were emphasising that human experience cannot be reduced to just one aspect – we’re not, for example, brains on legs. And so I wanted my apologetic approach to be holistic too. Whilst the approach … Continue reading Putting together a lunchtime message for Human Durham – a worked example
One of the amazing things about last week in Durham was the high level of engagement that many students made with the gospel. Each day I was overwhelmed by the number and quality of questions asked. Here's the list of the 164 or so questions that were texted in for me to respond to after … Continue reading What spiritual questions are today’s students asking?