Thought for the Week

Insiders and Outsiders

Dear Friends, Why did Peter deny Jesus?  In John’s Gospel, when Jesus was arrested, Peter and John followed him to the high priest’s courtyard.  John was known to the high priest, so he went inside.  Peter only got in because John spoke to the girl on duty on his behalf.  Once inside, she asked Peter

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Why are some unbelievers so nice?

Dear Friends, Have you ever asked yourself why some unbelievers are so nice?  And, on the other hand, why can some Christians be so unpleasant?  If you haven’t noticed that both of those are true, you’re either not very observant or you’re living in denial! There are two biblical truths, or doctrines, that help enormously

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Understanding our culture

Dear Friends, Culture is like air.  We breathe it without realising.  Put simply, a culture is a way of thinking and acting.  The truth, of course, is that most of us inhabit numerous micro-cultures (work, family, school, etc.) rather than one single culture.  Nevertheless, it is possible to identify some common features.  When I wrote...

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What use is the Trinity?

Dear Friends, Of course, we’d never ask the question as bluntly as this: “What use is the Trinity?” We know we’re meant to believe that God is one in being and three in persons. And we know that truth must be useful – somehow. And yet, how many of us in practice function as if

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The ‘right’ to die

Dear Friends, The death of Peter Smedley will be the first assisted suicide to be shown on terrestrial television in this country, in a documentary called Choosing to Die.  It seems to be part of a steadily mounting campaign in the media to make assisted suicide legal. It is sadly ironic that death should be

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The most powerful man in the world

Dear Friends, It has become customary to refer to the President of the United States as ‘the most powerful man in the world.’  It happened again during his recent visit to these shores.  I’m not in a position to dispute that description, although how we really know for sure may be open to question. But

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If only I could get a super injunction…

Dear Friends, If I’m honest, I don’t really understand the technicalities of injunctions and super injunctions.  So, if I’ve got any of the details wrong, please correct me.  But wouldn’t we all like to be able to take out a super injunction if we could?  Don’t we all have things that we’d like to keep

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‘Get to’ – or ‘have to’?

Dear Friends, I’ve heard many good things from Mark Driscoll in the last ten days, both at a church planting conference in Birmingham and also at the London Men’s Convention.  He has a number of well-chiselled phrases to sum up his message.  One of those is when he talks about something being a ‘get-to’ rather

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What really happened with Osama bin Laden?

Dear Friends, I have a number of questions surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden, although I’m not the only one asking them.  What really happened when he died?  Was he armed, or not?  Did he use his wife as a human shield, or not?  And why were these stories altered in the media so

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The only variety

Dear Friends, ’57 Varieties’ used to be the slogan of the Heinz Company.  In fact, according to Wikipedia, they now manufacture more than 6000 products.  It is often assumed that, similarly, there are endless varieties of Christianity on offer, and we are free to pick and choose the ones we prefer, or none at all,

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