Science and the Christian

Science a personal view from St Helen’s Church on Vimeo.

St Helen’s Bishopsgate have produced a series of videos with a number of of Christians who are  scientists explaining how their faith makes sense of science.

Watch the video above for an overview or click here for a full list of all of the videos in the series.

Free NIV Bible App

With most free electronic versions of the NIV you have to be connected to the internet to view them.  During the month of January, You Version are providing the NIV to download so that you can read it whilst offline.

It’s available for iPhone/ iPad / Android / Symbian / Kindle / Windows Phone / 8 and a few other platforms so it’s likely you’ll be able to run it on your device. You can go about doing that by clicking here.

 

Gay Marriage – how should we respond?

So what ought we to do in the face of the likely introduction of gay marriage? Here are some suggestions by FIEC National Director, John Stevens from an article he has written here:

1. We ought to anticipate that gay marriage will be introduced
2. We need to face up to the reality that we are not a “Christian” country
3. We need to take a long-term perspective
4. We need to stand firm on the biblical teaching about homosexuality
5. We need to exercise biblical church discipline against those who support sexual sin and refuse to repent
6. We have no option but to practice civil disobedience
7. We should expect that we will face criticism, investigation and persecution
8. We need to take pre-emptive action to protect our churches against potential threats
9. We need to speak prophetically to our nation about the reality of sin and the coming judgement of God
10. We need to be committed to the work of prayer and evangelism

Bishopettes on hold

After my post a couple of days ago on the vote on women bishops within the Church of England, it’s been unsurprising to read much of the response to the no vote within the liberal British media and establishment today.  Most of it has hardly been edifying, but I’ve found some good points made in the three articles below.

The first is from a US Baptist, Trevin Wax, who comments on the intolerance on show from so called progressive, tolerant, liberals.

The second article is from The Good Book Company’s, Carl Laferton, who helpfully debunks some of the myths  liberals are circulating regarding what evangelical conservatives actually believe about female roles within the church.

And the third article is from The Telegraph columnist, Tim Stanley on the Church of England’s vain attempts to appear relevant to a God-rejecting society. He comments

The great irony is that they want to make relevant something that is actually devalued by the attempt to make it relevant. God doesn’t do “relevance.” He just is – and, for most religious consumers, that’s what makes him so appealing.

It’s God who sets the agenda and our business is to make sure our life and ministry is relevant to what He desires.  This has been up until relevantly recently what the church, built upon the foundation of the teaching of the apostles and prophets, has always believed.  Trevin ends his article with a great quote from Chesterton in this regard.

The hallmark of many of these denominational debates is narrow-minded thinking that masquerades as openness and tolerance. It is the “chronological snobbery” referred to by a famous Anglican from the last century – C.S. Lewis. It is the failure of many to give tradition and history the weight it deserves, as another Anglican (actually Catholic Trevin) (G.K. Chesterton) once wrote:

Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. All democrats object to men being disqualified by the accident of birth; tradition objects to their being disqualified by the accident of death. Democracy tells us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our groom; tradition asks us not to neglect a good man’s opinion, even if he is our father. I, at any rate, cannot separate the two ideas of democracy and tradition; it seems evident to me that they are the same idea. We will have the dead at our councils. The ancient Greeks voted by stones; these shall vote by tombstones. It is all quite regular and official, for most tombstones, like most ballot papers, are marked with a cross.

Free Psalms

Thanks to Steve Jeffery for the heads-up on this new recording of 11 of the Psalms from Matt Searles, sung by Miriam Jones.  As God’s people we need to take the Psalms  to heart, to meditate on them, let the shape and mould us, and of course to sing them.

Matt has therefore done us a great service with this new album Now and Not Yet: Acoustic Psalms.  What’s more, for the month of November the album is available for download for FREE here .

Works of Johnathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards is considered by many as the greatest American theologian ever to have lived.  Born in 1703 he experienced the First Great Awakening and wrote a jaw dropping amount of material on almost anything you can think of.   But Edwards wasn’t just a man of quantity, his writings are top grade quality.

So being able to carry around the goldmine of a fully searchable edition of Edwards’ Works in your pocket for free would be worth getting a little excited about.  And thanks to The Jonathan Edwards Center that is now possible for your iPhone or iPad here.

You can also access the whole resource online through a browser here.