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?
Apologies for the lack of recent updates to this blog – a combination of being on compassionate leave and preparing for Human, hosted last week by Durham CU. It was an overwhelming week. The total attendance for the week was more than 4,000, but aside from raw numbers the quality of engagement was unlike any … Continue reading Ten ingredients of high-quality student mission (with thanks to Human Durham)
As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm on compassionate leave looking after my wife and family as she recovers from major hip surgery. It was a great blessing, then, to be able to speak at an evangelistic jazz cafe for some of my friends at Bessacarr Evangelical Church last week (thanks to those who … Continue reading Can we be secure in a world of insecurity?
One of the things I've noticed in student ministry is that quite a lot of decisions are often based on hearsay, urban myths and second-hand information. But actually we can make better informed and wiser decisions if we make the most of information about our finger tips that is actually pretty accessible. Let me introduce … Continue reading Where do university students in my city live?
I'm on compassionate leave as my wife recuperates from an operation, but will still aim to post from time to time over the coming weeks. When I get back, one of the sessions I'll be leading is for church-based student workers in Newcastle. The aim of the session is to consolidate their (already strong) partnership … Continue reading Four models of church-based student ministry, and how we might work better together