Podcast: Interview with Roger Carswell


We talk about Roger's conversion, his lifetime of evangelism, preaching, open air work, tracts and books - including his latest: Before you say “I don’t believe” DOWNLOAD

Independence and Freedom in Christ


Here's a little 5 minute topical talk I gave this lunchtime. To be honest it basically "on the hoof" but perhaps the way in to the gospel through the referendum might be useful to you in conversations / talks. If you like the

Podcast: How to handle ethical hot potatos


How do we discuss ethical issues without descending into moralism or banging tribal drums? How can we speak of the good news when we talk about the good life? Andy and I discuss this in reference to recent debates over

Putting the twee in tweeting


Hey @RichardDawkins: Don't Shoot! pic.twitter.com/vQz8qRPsHS — Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) August 21, 2014 So @RichardDawkins says Downs Syndrome babies *should* be aborted - it would be immoral *not*

Being heterosexual is WEIRD


Steven Holmes' brilliant article begins... A woman (Christian) I know told me a few weeks ago that she objected to being asked to tick a box on equal opportunities forms that said ‘heterosexual’. Married for over twenty

Tweety Pies


We don't push faith out of ourselves by our will. Christ pulls faith out of us by His gospel. Yr sins have been forgiven 4 Christ's sake, u know the Father, u've overcome the evil1, ur strong&God's Word lives in u 1John2

Sermon: Jesus in the Old Testament


Reading Between the Lines 1 - Jesus in the Old Testament from CCK on Vimeo. DOWNLOAD AUDIO For more on Jesus in the Old Testament go here

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I leave Eastbourne for ONE DAY... pic.twitter.com/VxVmNo06Mp— Glen Scrivener ن (@glenscrivener) July 30, 2014 At Eastbourne’s Tourist Board meeting this morning: “You fools, I said PEERLESS. I want our seafront to

Podcast: Interview with Roger Carswell

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Independence and Freedom in Christ

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Better_Together_logoHere’s a little 5 minute topical talk I gave this lunchtime. To be honest it basically “on the hoof” but perhaps the way in to the gospel through the referendum might be useful to you in conversations / talks. If you like the idea of it, steal it. If you hate it, say why in comments so I can get better…

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I began with the Scottish independence referendum. My way into the gospel was simply to say that it’s a mature democracy which allows its members to go their own way – to hand them over to the independence they want. In the Bible, God also hands us over to independence but then hands over Christ. When Christ brings us home, then we’re truly free. Sorta thing.

Not that the “Yes” campaign is sinful or that union with Westminster is anything like union with Christ! But if you talk about the referendum people will listen…

Podcast: How to handle ethical hot potatos

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How do we discuss ethical issues without descending into moralism or banging tribal drums? How can we speak of the good news when we talk about the good life?

Andy and I discuss this in reference to recent debates over abortion and euthanasia. Is there a way of holding out Christ in the midst of the culture wars?

In our episode we discuss:

My conversation with a Dawkins defender

Giles Fraser’s excellent article on euthanasia, and

Emma’s blog post: In defense of Dawkins

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Putting the twee in tweeting

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So @RichardDawkins says Downs Syndrome babies *should* be aborted – it would be immoral *not* to.

Apparently autistic fetuses may be spared but not Downs babies – they have no “enhanced” features. @RichardDawkins

While he advocates for eugenics he wears a T-shirt calling religion a disease that needs to be cured. @RichardDawkins

Remember when @RichardDawkins made his excuses for not debating WLC? One of them was that WLC advocated for a 3000 year old ‘genocide’

Dear @RichardDawkins, even if we played yr utilitarian game: A massive 99% of people with DS are happy w their lives LINK

Dawkins’ and Downs Babies Storified: some tweets that caught my eye and a discussion I had with someone Dawkins RTd

Amazingly @RichardDawkins has united pro-lifers and pro-choicers – in outrage. He wants certain babies dead no matter what the woman chooses

Today we’ve seen the diametric opposition btw Jesus and Darwin. We believe in the survival of the feeblest thru the sacrifice of the Fittest

The world is a cruel place: it even makes you earn your right to be born. But Jesus offers life to the helpless – all for free.

Evangelicalism: Making it up as we go along since 1517

No more results days with God: “Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for all who believe.” Rom10:4 #EnjoyYourDay

Avoiding congestion on the M25 is like trying to join a gigantic skipping rope made out of motorway and the rope is filled with traffic jams

Your Father has the far horizon. You have only today (Matt 6:34) #EnjoyYourDay

“I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you.” (Ezekiel 35:6)

<< What a profound verse on evil, judgement and wrath. God makes evil its own reward while wrath = the righteous response to it

Jesus considered even *His* cross to be worth it for the glory to come (Heb12:3). Our little crosses are definitely worth it #EnjoyYourDay

He’s the Future & Fulness of the world. He’s the Future & Fulness of God. If you have Jesus you have Everything. #EnjoyYourDay

You’re so much less worthy than you strive to seem. So much more loved than you’d ever scheme. #EnjoyYourDay

Ascendant chimps or fallen children? Our visions of the good life will unfold from there.

UR not defined by yr sins, yr strengths, yr suffering or yr circumstances. UR defined by yr Spotless Saviour #EnjoyYourDay

The gospel is like social media. If you really like, you share.

Does your Christianity feel like a heavy load? Jesus is not a burden to pull. He carries you. #Matthew11 #EnjoyYourDay

Dunno the details but ISTM this could be called “Bible Teacher Sacked For Teaching Bible The Way Bible Teaches Bible” LINK

He doesn’t number yr sins (2Cor5) He numbers the hairs on yr head (Matt10). What counts with God? Not yr failures, YOU. #EnjoyYourDay

Whatever else you get or don’t get in life: Christ is yours. “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lam3:24 #EnjoyYourDay

Eternal life is not just a quantity, it’s a quality. The life of eternity is Beloved & Spirit-filled. It’s all ours now 1Jn5 #EnjoyYourDay

“Preach the gospel, die, be remembered for a tweetable epitaph.” #ModernMinistryAmbitions

The Father gave Jesus to us. Jesus gave Himself for us. The Spirit gives Jesus in us. #EnjoyYourDay

What’s the point of this week? This year? 2Cor3-4: Whatever the setback/suffering we ARE being transformed into Christ’s image #EnjoyYourDay

How have u become spiritually rich? Thru Christ’s plenty? No, thru His poverty- He was poured out for you. 2Cor8:9 #EnjoyYourDay

“Thank you Preacher, that was dull, flat, obscure & moralistic.” Of course they say “clear, faithful, helpful & challenging” but same thing

What? Redoing a Steven King horror as a Pixar adventure story? You couldn’t make It Up.

The French are selfish lovers. Every kiss says “moi, moi”

Sopranos are selfish too. It’s all ‘me me me me’.

Apple have the most selfish sailors’ app: the iAyeAye

Wanna know a selfish pasttime? Battleship spotting… Just naval gazing

My father quit his job cleaning Tube tracks after they asked him to double as a late-night ghost-buster. He doesn’t fluffer ghouls sadly

Ironically, unless you’ve already seen it they won’t let you catch 22 Jump Street

– “Were there many factors that inspired such a speedy overture?”
– “Only time” (Will Tell)

Guns don’t kill people. 9 year old girls k… No wait, it’s totally guns.

Just entered a yodelling competition. I’m in with a shout

What is ‘vicarious research’? Asking for a friend.

- “All I wanted was some cough mixture but the pharmacist just went on and on”
– “Expectorant?”
– “No I was shocked”

“YOU DON’T KNOW COS YOU WEREN’T THERE!” #Namsplaining

Extreme spiritualists need to find a happy medium

I once owned a cheese-eating insect. Briefly

My dad keeps remarrying faster than my mum. Always one step ahead.

Being heterosexual is WEIRD

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Steven Holmes’ brilliant article begins…

A woman (Christian) I know told me a few weeks ago that she objected to being asked to tick a box on equal opportunities forms that said ‘heterosexual’. Married for over twenty years, she felt that ticking that box implied that she had erotic desires for people other than her husband, people defined by a particular characteristic (being male); this was not her experience of her own sexuality, and she resented being forced to suggest that it was.
In the culture I live in this self-narration is deeply counter-cultural; but the culture I live in is weird, or better WEIRD, and that is extraordinarily important.
The ‘WEIRD’ acronym was coined by psychologists who realised, rather late in the day some of us might feel, that performing psychological experiments on sample groups who all shared a particular characteristic might distort the results quite badly. Many psychology sample groups are only students, or only people in contact with universities (I receive at least one invitation a week to take part in a psychology study via the university email list); more pointedly, a huge majority (95%+?) of psychological studies have been carried out by Western universities on Western people. Something like 12% of the current population of the planet lives in a classic Western society: Western, Educated, Industrialised, Rich, and Democratic’ (‘WEIRD’); 88% are not WEIRD, and so are normal. Historically, of course, the situation is even more lopsided: until the nineteenth century, no-one was WEIRD.

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For more articles on the subject, from me…

I choose not to be straight

Why we should go after “straight Christians

Podcast: Why we must be sexual sinners and shouldn’t be straight

The idolatries lurking within some conservative Christian world-views

And from others…

The novelty of our modern views of sexuality

Against heterosexuality

Tweety Pies

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We don’t push faith out of ourselves by our will. Christ pulls faith out of us by His gospel.

Yr sins have been forgiven 4 Christ’s sake, u know the Father, u’ve overcome the evil1, ur strong&God’s Word lives in u 1John2 #EnjoyYourDay

Great British Bake Off teaches us about order in the kitchen: Every Mel needs a Sous. Complements to the chef

Phwoar, binary code… that’s a noughty one.

Ingratitude goeth before pride.

Sadly, your average Australian church-goer believes in moralistic, therapeutic, G’deism.

Dont know the way forward? “Ask God who gives wisdom generously 2 all without finding fault & it will be given 2u” James1:6 #EnjoyYourDay..

Remaining tight lipped is the only way to blow your own trumpet <-- the horns of a dilemma

Our fave Luke15 image of salvation is the prodigal choosing repentance. The early church’s fave was the Shepherd grabbing the lost sheep

On results day, remember your Father has your future, the Son is your standing and the Spirit is your comforter. #EnjoyYourDay

Today I’ve read that Mark Driscoll’s a “complimentarian” and the CofE’s an “Angelican” church: some typos to live up to.

One day you will rest from your labours (Rev 14:13). Till then you’re God’s gift to the world. #EnjoyYourDay

We haven’t merely singlified sex, we’ve Zwinglified it.

Muggier than an Interpol suspect list.
Muggier than a Starbucks dishwasher.
Muggier than a Bogota back-street.

Rainier than a Prince of Monaco.

You don’t like flat bread? More’s the pitta.

You can’t use strips of The Times as a sweat band. Use News You’ll Ooze

Just realised I was using the wrong paper. It should be The Absorber

As a student: Ready Salted, Salt&Vinegar, Cheese&Onion and Prawn Cocktail were the flavours of my bath towel as term progressed.

When it got to Smoky Bacon I’d boil it up with some economy rice and a half litre of Carlsberg.

Just not sure which “check a trade” site I can trust :-/

It was always going to be a career of two halves. Sting operations won’t work if they know you from the Police

I’ll bet the Spanish are always overwhelmed by their todo lists :-/

Remorse code: for when your hopes are dashed

Right now you’re ambivalent about artificial intelligence. One day it’ll be make your mind up time

Jesus is not merely your ransom, He’s your righteousness. You’re not merely tolerated by God, you’re treasured. #EnjoyYourDay

Luther: “God receives none but those who are forsaken, restores health to none but those who are sick, gives sight to none but the blind…

…He restores life to none but the dead… has mercy on none but the wretched & gives grace to none but those in disgrace”

The enemy of your soul will soon be destroyed by the breath of Christ’s mouth and the splendour of His coming. 2Thes2 #EnjoyYourDay

Evangelism is not really “Here’s the deal”. It’s “Here’s the story.”

Best example of our blind faith in technology, no matter the evidence: long range weather forecasts.

No matter how many times it’s proved itself wrong, still: “Apparently next month will contain the breeziest Tuesdays on record.”

A Member of the Human Race is a Member of the Trinity. And you’re a Member of Him! #EnjoyYourDay

#ClichedBible “Let’s call it a day” (Hebrews 4:7)

#ClichedBible “Shut up and kiss me” (Psalm 2)

#ClichedBible “I was born reddy” (Esau; Gen 25:25)

#ClichedBible “Totes Amaze Bowls” (Rev16) and “Dead Enosh” (Gen5:11)

#ClichedBible “That’s how I roll.” (Ezekiel 1:19)

#ClichedBible “You had me at hell” (Revelation 20:16)

#ClichedBible “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” (1Thes4:13)

#ClichedBible “Aw, hell no” (Matt16:20)

#ClichedBible “It’s all good” (Gen1:31). “It’s all goo’d” (Lev13:10)

If u identify ‘real life’ with sexual self expression, u condemn & frustrate far more people than the Bible ever has LINK

Our last sighting of Jesus: As He ascended He was blessing His people. (Lk24:51). He hasn’t stopped since (Eph1:3). #EnjoyYourDay

Just as Buddhist dietary requirements are not carni-phobic so the Christian sex ethic is not homophobic LINK

The Trinity according to 2Cor1:3: Our Father, Compassion made flesh & Comfort personified. This is our God #EnjoyYourDay

Some say the Bayeux tapestry is more of an embroidery but that’s just knit picking

I know, I know… #knitwit

Some call me lazy. Let them.

My nephew’s new Playstation game is a bit worrying. He’s building a master race on MeinKraft :-/

All day I’ve been trying to find an anagram for a pig hut video. I had to give up.

Tried to find an anagram of ‘how I use a hot gut slime encrusted within a fat idiot’. In the end I thought it was a ridiculous waste of time

TRUE FACT: A soprano’s top B-flat can cause heart arrhythmia. Worse things happen at C.

When I kiss you, I’m thinking of me: moi moi moi.

Sermon: Jesus in the Old Testament

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Reading Between the Lines 1 – Jesus in the Old Testament from CCK on Vimeo.

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At Eastbourne’s Tourist Board meeting this morning: “You fools, I said PEERLESS. I want our seafront to be PEERLESS.”

If you want to know why Jesus died on the cross I have two words for you

Thru wilderness trials the Father promises: “My Presence (Christ!) will go with you and I will give you rest.” Ex33 #EnjoyYourDay

Imagine “Best in Show” but with children for poodles. #ChildGenius

The Son of David has a great “largeness of heart” (1 Kings 4:29). There’s plenty of room for you. #EnjoyYourDay

It’s muggy out. I’ve been robbed twice already

In saying God is THREE “Persons” united in love, how do we define “Person”? How about “An “I” finding their identity in another.” That work?

0K magazine leaves me absolutely cold. #1PUN

They don’t like you shrinking the Pyramid of Cheops. Small wonder.

If you like Pop, you’ll LOVE Bublé Rap

Eph 1:18-23 – The power of His resurrection is in you, the purpose of His resurrection is for you #EnjoyYourDay

As a rule, offers of tea to workmen exist in an inverse relationship to DIY competence. I’ve offered our guy 3 cups already.

“Yeah, right, aha, MDF, sure, ok. But when you say ‘Just tea, just a normal cup of tea,’ is English Breakfast ok?”

My modelling career really took off with Airfix

I see Burberry’s going up-market again. Sorting out the tweed from the chav.

Veni Vidi Vici sounds best in Latin. Unless you’ve just won at conkers

“Heaven is a place on earth with You.” Good eschatology makes good pop songs

“Good reasoning” is like “Good living” – it’s good! But it doesn’t lead to the gospel, it is established by the gospel.

Probably my favourite fish opera is the one with “O For Tuna”: Carmena Piranha #1PUN

“Whoops!” “Never thought of that!” “My hands are tied” “It’s beyond fixing” – phrases our Father never says #EnjoyYourDay

“I’m all peopled out” #GodNeverSays

Ah, the Aztec priest, there’s a man after my own heart #1PUN

God’s love, which is completely yours in Jesus, is Forever, Fatherly and Forgiving: Psalm 103 #EnjoyYourDay

Intolerance to Pharisaism is a sign of Pharisaism. No-one hates Pharisees as much as Pharisees.

Your selfies are God’s photobombs. (Genesis 1:26)

I’m amillennial. I just don’t believe in young people.

Poor? Brokenhearted? Mourning? Bound? Christ is good news, comfort, gladness, freedom, a robe of praise & righteousness #Is61 #EnjoyYourDay

My general knowledge is appalling. My sergeant knowledge is little better. I’m a rank amateur :-/

“Dear God, once again, I’m *really* sorry for that sin?” “What sin?” (Hebrews 10:17) #EnjoyYourDay

This week my feed included #WeAreN alongside views like “Calvinism IS Christianity”. Here’s hoping the former influences views on the latter

We spend our lives trying to become wise, righteous, special, free. We have it all in Jesus: 1Cor1:30 #EnjoyYourDay

Your handsome, righteous Warrior King is God from God. He’s soaked with the Spirit of Joy and He LOVES His bride: Psalm 45#EnjoyYourDay

A life of faith, hope and love isn’t the price of salvation, it’s the prize: yours for free in Jesus (Col 1:3-6) #EnjoyYourDay

That’s cheap! Apparently U2′s frontman is 8ono #1PUN

Let’s agree: good science doesn’t belong to atheists & good morality doesn’t belong to Christians. Now let’s examine the foundations 4 both

“Sorry, snowed under” “I’m not a miracle worker” “I wish u hadn’t told me that”: Things u won’t hear from Jesus. #TalkToHim #EnjoyYourDay

Preacher, your job is not to preach evangelical distinctives. Your job is to preach the evangel.

I keep getting passed over for the episcopacy. Must be some kind of oversight

Just imagine it: the Father selecting a sacrificial Lamb “for your sake” – His precious, eternal, spotless Son. 1Peter1:17-20 #EnjoyYourDay

Sore, Snake-bitten, Sullen? The Son of Man was lifted up for you. Look and live. John3:14f #EnjoyYourDay

“I’ve died and gone to heaven” – words describing a euphoric experience. Words describing every Christian. Col3:3 #EnjoyYourDay

Oh no, I’ve accidentally got 3 “P”s for my sermon tomorrow. Now I’ll have to spend Saturday afternoon looking for chinos and a blue shirt :(

I’ll probably cut one point for the podcast. Then it’ll be 2 Ps in iPod

Well it is a powerful structure. To all naysayers let me encourage you: Give Ps a chance

Your prejudice against games of chance is just thinly veil bingotry

You may rail against fan friendly pop groups but that’s just fighting the band that heeds you

My script for the 9th X-Men prequel has just been rejected. Feel like it’s a bad omen.

In Gen22, Abraham’s faith is not fatalistic resignation to the will of God. It is gospel hope in the resurrection of the Son (Heb11:17-19)

Christ says “I have surely seen yr affliction & have heard yr cry. I know yr sufferings & have come down to deliver u.” Ex3 #EnjoyYourDay

Instinctively we think of creation as darkness -> light. Wouldn’t it be more biblical to say light -> darkness -> light? 1John1:5; Gen1:2

Monday morning is Not ‘same old, same old’ – the old is gone, today is brand spanking new: Lam 3:23. #EnjoyYourDay

Happy Friday

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Praise God

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Blown AwayYou may know that Emma and I have three little ones who are with Jesus (for more read here). But today we can announce that we have a fourth little one who is with us - in utero at any rate. It looks like this little one might see the light of day! In other words, we’re pregnant! But I put it like that because, well, that’s kinda how pregnancies are it seems: incredibly precarious and surrounded by uncertainty and death. But that’s where the life and hope is.

We’re taking a while to get used to the “life and hope” stuff – this pregnancy has been ‘touch and go’ at many points and Emma and I have been stuck down some very deep pits in the past. We’re also aware that we have travelled with many other couples through childlessness and the news that we’re pregnant will, understandably, be received by some with grief as well as joy.

These sorts of things always seem to get missed off the Facebook Status Updates. And that’s probably why we’ve mainly avoided Facebook during struggles with childlessness. Those status updates aren’t wrong – simple expressions of “We’re pregnant!” aren’t wrong – but it’s struck me powerfully today that they’re by no means the full story. And it’s worth giving space for that full story at points.

All that being said, now is a time for rejoicing. And as we allow others in on our news, you help us find our bearings. Now is the time to say “The Lord has been good.” And you have no idea how good He’s been! Not many years ago I thought I’d have to bury my wife, now we’ve got a nursery to decorate. The Lord is so good!

So with the bigger story in mind, and in fellowship with one another, celebrate with me what God has done:

Some wandered in desert wastelands,
finding no way to a city where they could settle.
 They were hungry and thirsty,
and their lives ebbed away.
 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
 He led them by a straight way
to a city where they could settle.
 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
and his wonderful deeds for mankind,
 for he satisfies the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.” (Psalm 107:4-9)