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"The Heart Is Deceitful," But That Doesn't Mean Feelings Are

Many years ago a friend asked this question on social media: “Why is our church so suspicious, and regularly dismissive, of feelings?” It didn’t take long for a mutual friend...

Pre-Fabricated Advice is Usually Bad Advice

About a month back I posted a miscellany of bad Christian advice. In response to some of the criticisms I received regarding that post, let me say two things. Firstly,...

Weekly Communion Becomes Routine—And That's Okay

Last year I wrote a couple of articles on communion. The first article argued for the weekly celebration of communion. I made my case theologically, rooting my position in the...

Where Did All the Deacons Go? Reconsidering Acts 6

Most Bible readers will be familiar with the establishment of diaconal ministry in Acts 6:1-6. Of course, the church had helped the needy since Pentecost (Acts 2:45; 4:34-35), making mercy...

Doodle: Follow Jesus, Into The Wilderness

Mark’s Gospel begins with a voice crying out in the wilderness (Mark 1:3). This is where John conducts his public ministry (Mark 1:4), where he baptises Jesus (Mark 1:9), and...

A Miscellany Of Bad Advice Offered By Christians

A few weeks back, Tim Challies put together what became a very popular article: 40 Random Pieces of Advice for the Christian Life. His rationale for writing it was that,...

If Jesus Were 'Wild At Heart': The Gospels Reimagined

Annually around Father’s Day John Edlredge’s bestselling book Wild At Heart makes a resurgence. And so, last week, while browsing a local Christian bookstore, my wife asked what I knew...

Is Reading Fiction A Waste Of Time?

Despite growing up before the advent of smartphones, streaming services, and YouTube, I read essentially no fiction until my early 20s. Sadly, this wasn’t because I was more invested in,...

Two Important Principles For Church Polity From Acts 15

Earlier this year I preached on the Council at Jerusalem, found in Acts 15. For readers who aren’t familiar with it, most commentators consider it to be either Acts’ centrepiece...