March 2020

Solitude and unity: a medieval perspective

Like many of you, I spent yesterday morning, not at church, where I would usually be, but sitting on my sofa at home in front of a laptop, watching a livestream of my pastor preaching to an empty building. In just a week, it seems, everything has changed. The Covid-19 pandemic means that ordinary Sunday services, along with most other kinds of social gathering, won't be possible for some time to come. It's unprecedented and unsettling (though I'm very grateful for the technology that enables virtual connections of various types).

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Is Prince Philip the Chosen One?

Is the Duke of Edinburgh God’s Chosen One?

There are people on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific Ocean who worship the Duke of Edinburgh as a god.

The islanders used to be committed cannibals and they ate the first two missionaries who came to Tanna.

More missionaries arrived, told them about Jesus and many of the locals became Christians.

They stopped eating each other and began to eat Jesus instead (John 6:54).

In the 1960s many of the islanders noticed Prince Philip in his wonderful, shiny, white uniform.

Baptist Times on RealityBites

Delighted that the Baptist Times has published my article on Serving God in schools and on the streets. I am trying hard to get people thinking about a worldview-infused way of doing mission and discipleship. Please write to the BT and join the discussion.

 

                   https://www.baptist.org.uk/Publisher/Article.aspx?ID=566381   

Academic Publishing: A Necessary Evil?

For the early academic, the rallying cry is ‘publish or die’! In an over-saturated job market, we are trained to focus on publication, believing—because we are more or less told—that we are only as good as our publishing record.

I have long dreaded the publication process. The stakes seem so high and I’ve been resentful of how the pressure to publish shifts my focus from my research topic itself to how I can market is successfully. I know that publishing is a ‘necessary evil’ in academia, but I also know it as a hollow and demoralising process.