Honey or vinegar?

I am a member of the Church of England Evangelical Council, and yesterday we had a meeting at Lambeth Palace. We were there to hear from the Archbishop of Canterbury, and to ask him questions, in the end both about what he had said and about wider concerns for evangelicals in the Church.

Rowan’s address, starting with a careful exploration of the what the NT says about the Spirit and power (the role of the Spirit does not seem to be merely to give us power, but the Spirit and power enable us to be formed in the self-giving image of God, and we make space for it when we recognise our own human weakness) and ended on a quite inspirational note. In relation to the goal of mission and evangelism, he commented:

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‘I need a hero’: Judges

I am working with Celia Kellett at BBC Radio Nottingham on an idea to present most of the books of the Bible, one a week, during 2011 as part of the celebrations of the King James Bible. The plan is to read some verses from the book, to give a one-and-a-half minute summary, to hear a human interest story which relates, and then include a short discussion making the connections.

Here’s the key verses and summary for Judges (‘I need a hero’), to be broadcast this Sunday 16th Jan from 8 am:

Verses: Judges 16.4­–6, 16­–18

Some time later, Samson fell in love with a woman in the Valley of Sorek whose name was Delilah. The rulers of the Philistines went to her and said, “See if you can lure

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The World on a Plate

What is it that is before you each time you sit down to eat? For what are you giving thanks?

Every Saturday morning I take Ben to his guitar lesson at Crossways Music in Beeston (above the Christian bookshop). In the half hour the lesson lasts, I head to the Flying Goose a few doors down, and enjoy what I think is the world’s best Welsh Rabbit.

But this morning, as I gave thanks, I stopped to reflect on what I was thanking God for.

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What is the meaning of ‘head’?

I am in the process of writing a Grove Biblical booklet with the title ‘Women and authority: key biblical texts’ which aims to explore all the key texts in 28 pages! Due out in March. I cover Gen 1, 2, 3, Luke 24, John 20, Acts 18, Romans 16, 1 Cor 11 and 14, Eph 5, 1 Tim 2.

Here is the section on 1 Cor 11. Any comments welcomed.

This passage is often seen as a key one in the discussion about gender relations because of Paul’s use of the idea of ‘head’, and applying this to relations within the Godhead as well as human relations. We

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Should women keep silent in church?

I am in the process of writing a Grove Biblical booklet with the title ‘Women and authority: key biblical texts’ which aims to explore all the key texts in 28 pages! Due out in March. I cover Gen 1, 2, 3, Luke 24, John 20, Acts 18, Romans 16, 1 Cor 11 and 14, Eph 5, 1 Tim 2.

Here is the section on 1 Cor 14.34–35. Any comments welcomed.

These verses are problematic mainly because they appear to contradict not only what Paul has said in chapters 11 and 12 but also what has been said in the immediately preceding verses. If women are

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Who do you think you are: Genesis

I am working with Celia Kellett at BBC Radio Nottingham on an idea to present most of the books of the Bible, one a week, during 2011 as part of the celebrations of the King James Bible. The plan is to read some verses from the book, to give a one-and-a-half minute summary, to hear a human interest story which relates, and then include a short discussion making the connections.

Here’s the summary and key verses for Genesis, to be broadcast this Sunday 9th Jan from 8 am.

Verses: Gen 1.1–4, 26–27 and 31

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was without shape and empty, and darkness was over the surface of the watery deep, but the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the water. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was light!  God saw that the light was good, so God separated the light from the darkness.

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Overview of critical methods in studying the NT

Here is a short article I have written for the new edition of Exploring the New Testament vol 2 giving an overview of critical methods.

Critical methods in the study of the New Testament

In order to help to answer some of the questions raised here, New Testament studies as a discipline has developed a range of approaches. Very often these are borrowed from neighbouring disciplines within the university, making theology something of an interdisciplinary subject.

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Who should Christians vote for?

It is great to see Christians making a serious attempt to raise issues in the run-up to the election, and despite the apparent marginalisation of faith communities in general and Christians in particular, this election appears to have given a higher profile than ever to the ‘faith vote’. But how should Christians vote?

One answer to this has been the Westminster Manifesto, a list of issues (seemingly based on the American Manhattan Declaration) and with a long and illustrious list of Christian supporters. Of

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How to recover messages from deleted mailboxes

You will learn here how to do something that no-one anywhere else on the internet can do!

The problem: for some bizarre reason, when you delete a mailbox in Apple’s Mail, instead of going to the Trash in Mail or the Trash in the computer, the folder and files just disappear. The dialogue box says (in one sense correctly) ‘This action cannot be undone’. However, it can because the files are still on your drive.

So you need to:

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How to replace a cracked iPhone screen

Having done this myself twice over the New Year 2009/10, I am now the world’s expert on the best way to do it.

Like many others have, I dropped my iPhone on Christmas Eve and the glass crazed. Apple quoted £114 to replace, so I looked elsewhere. A plea on Facebook yielded advice from a someone we had met in the Australian rainforest, who said a teenager could do it in five minutes. I quickly found the parts, and video instructions on YouTube, so went for it. BUT it was not quite as straightforward as I had thought, since most sources don’t give you all the information you need. What follows relates to the iPhone 3G and 3GS but not the earlier iPhones, which are more complicated.

You need to know that the iPhone screen comes in four parts: the glass; a plastic sheet attached to the glass called the digitiser which detects touch; a plastic frame glued to the glass screen [really important this one] which attaches it to the fourth part; the LCD screen. You can buy all these things separately, but whatever you do,

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