Work Life Balance

A few weeks ago I was asked to teach a session on Time Management on the Learning to Serve course here in Southampton. This was a bit of a joke given how much I struggle with time management myself, however the session seemed to go well and I was congratulated for being the only person […]

Is God No Fun?

This is the title of an Evangelistic Lunchtime talk which I have agreed to give at Southampton University. I wonder, does anyone reading this have any profound thoughts on this subject they would like to share? I think you should be able to comment below (there should be a ‘comment’ button somewhere). If not, send […]

What is Christian Mission?

I’ve been mulling over the question of the nature of Christian mission for a while now. I’ve not come up with anything new – others have looked at this in more depth and with more knowledge than me. However, I am repeatedly struck by the way that many evangelicals stick to using the Great Commission […]

Interesting DVD’s

No, I’m not about to suggest a movie that you might want to watch (though, in passing, we watched Alexander last night and I really wouldn’t reccomend that you waste your time on it – there are better ways of wasting two and a half hours). A couple of friends have recently produced Christian Training […]

Product Placement

There has been some recent criticism of BBC television dramas, saying that the producers have taken payments from companies in return for displaying the products of those companies during the dramas. It is claimed that this allows companies to effectively get cheap advertising from the BBC, where overt advertising is banned. In the same spirit, […]

Books and Stuff

I’ve just finished my first study week at Spurgeon’s College. It was an interesting, though tiring time. One of the great things about starting a new course is that it gives me the excuse to buy more books. Though fortunately for the Arthur family budget, we already own quite a few of the books that […]

Electronic Bibles

The team who are working together here in Manila start of their day with a short time of Bible study and prayer. This morning, I noticed that not one of us sitting round the table had a paper Bible open. Each of us was using a Bible in one electronic format or other. These days, […]

Church at the Flicks!

I went to Church in a cinema yesterday. Christ’s Commission Fellowship in Manila is a huge Christian Community. The main service is held in a very large building, but still there isn’t enough room for everyone, so the service is relayed to two cinema’s nearby. Being a conservative type, I expected to find following the […]

A Failed Missionary?

I preached on Jonah 4 yesterday. I was really struck by how Jonah seemed to be totally untouched by his experience of preaching to the people of Nineveh. If you put his initial running away and the incident of the whale on one side for a moment, Jonah seems to have been an incredibly succesful […]

DA Carson on the Emerging Church

Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and its Implications