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The Myth Of Freedom: We're All Captives

Preaching recently on Ephesians 4:1-16 I noticed something for the first time: Paul’s emphasis on believers being prisoners of Christ. Part of the reason for this oversight is that most...

The Celebration Of Tyranny In Pastoral Ministry

A few years back I attended a seminar on church growth. During one of the sessions, a church growth guru shared an anecdote from his ministry. He was the pastor...

Preaching: Great Exegesis Without Prayer Is Public Speaking

Many years ago I wrote a reflective article about a dangerous assumption among Evangelicals, particularly those for whom expository preaching is a badge of honour. I summarised this assumption like...

Christian Theologian 101: Beware Ambition

There is a wonderful but oft overlooked verse in 1 Thessalonians. Paul writes, “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs” (1 Thessalonians 4:11). But our day and...

Easter: We Rest Now, Awaiting Our Final Rest

Last week I reflected on one of my favourite speeches: two minutes of existential comedy from the brilliant Jim Carrey. In it he refers to life as a “terrible search”...

8 Reasons Redeemer Multiplied Instead Of Remaining A Megachurch

Since a personal turning point in 2016, I’ve become increasingly suspicious of the church growth movement, megachurches, and evaluating ministry success by church size or metrics. Since then I’ve written...

Listen To Jim Carrey: Don't Waste Your Life

At the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, Jim Carrey presented the award for Best Motion Picture in the Musical or Comedy category. Before he came on stage the voice over introduced...

Personal Reflection: Tell Your Children The Truth

My wife and I didn’t want children. We weren’t convinced that the God commands married Christian couples to “multiply,” at least not in that way (Genesis 1:28). As people realised...

An Ode To The Passive Voice, And Good Writing

In a delightfully tongue-in-cheek article, Ben Myers decries what he calls “the plague of italics” in theological writing. After outlining the five historically accepted uses for italics, he writes: “If...