You’ll notice that this blog is being very rarely updated.
I’m trying to wean myself off the internet, since my first job out of University it’s always been in front of me. I don’t think that’s been good for my productivity or my attention span.
This blog was set up to detail some of my thinking on the issues affecting my denomination. You’ve probably gathered that I’m not too happy with the direction the denomination is taking.
In the last 5-6 years I’ve been moving theologically in the opposite direction to the URC, so that I’ve become one of those ignorant evangelicals I used to patronise when I was a solid liberal. I’m thankful to God for that. But I’m also some distance off from other evangelicals in the denomination. In my daughter’s lifetime I think that being a Christian in Britain will be like being a Christian in Ephesus in 45AD. A tiny bunch of people, going against the cultural norms and facing all sorts of stuff because of it. What type of faith is going to stand the test in that future?
I don’t think it’ll be one that looks just the same as the surrounding culture. It won’t be a faith that undermines the Bible at key points and still hopes to have a solid foundation. It won’t be a faith that uses puppet shows, candles, stones, dramas or whatever else we think non-church folk think is cool. I don’t think that a faith that undermines the whole idea of church or its officers will be much good either. Don’t get me wrong, I think these things will still be around, but they won’t lead to disciples who know their faith and are willing to live their whole lives only for Christ.
That’s why I prefer the old ways. The Bible as THE Word of God (no additions from feelings/progress or subtractions from criticism/cowardice). The confessions that have stood the test of time from the 4th century onward. The Reformed expression of the faith that knows that faith comes from hearing and allows the Spirit to do his work.
For me to fully go along with that means I’m going to have to work. Work on my holiness. Work on my theology. Work on my Biblical languages. Work on my leadership qualities. Work on my pastoral gifts.
All in the power of God’s grace.
Please pray for me and the churches God has given me to minister. Just don’t expect to hear much from me on this here internet thingy.
PS If you do want to contact me my email address is on the About page.