Skip to main content

Thinking about why I blog


Last week the church's national office asked me to do a quick interview about the blog as part of a news post on their site, which got me thinking. They asked me about why I started blogging and what sort of things  people can expect to read. So I had to try to remember why I started blogging 5 years ago and try to think about what sort I things I actually write about. As they didn't use the actual interview in the end, I thought I'd post those two questions and answers here as a sort of partly thought-out explanation of this blog.

What prompted you to start this blog?

I was teaching at a Bible college at the time and doing some research on D.P. Williams and other early leaders in the Apostolic Church, and found a lot of their writing very helpful. So at the beginning I wanted to share some of their insights. I also got lots of theological questions from people in my own assembly and other assemblies, so I thought it would be helpful to write about the sort of things people often had questions about. Plus, I thought it was about time Apostolic theology engaged with the digital age. In a previous generation Apostolics were rather good at teaching through books and magazines, but our generation’s first port of call is the internet. So blogging seemed a good way to go.

What can people expect in the posts?

Good question. Definitely a variety. The type of things I post about has developed over time. Quite often that’s in response to interaction with readers. So sometimes I try and teach a bit of simple theology, sometimes I try and give a bit of theological reflection on what’s going on in the world, sometimes I give reviews of helpful resources, sometimes I dig up some wisdom from writers of a previous generation, sometimes I give links to make you think, sometimes I even blog from AblazeUK, and sometimes it’s completely random. And most of all, what I hope you can expect in the posts is lots of Jesus. Our forefathers were adamant that the ‘Apostolic Vision’ was a vision of Christ, so I hope you’ll read lots about Christ on the blog.

Popular posts from this blog

These are the Bones of Elisha (Declaring the Word of the Lord)

One of the most curious events in all of Scripture is found in a single verse in 2 Kings 13. That chapter records the death of the prophet Elisha, and yet, there’s still one more story of Elisha here some time after his death. 2 Kings 13:21 tells us:
So it was, as they were burying a man, that suddenly they spied a band of raiders; and they put the man in the tomb of Elisha; and when the man was let down and touched the bones of Elisha, he revived and stood on his feet. Elisha was dead. And yet when a corpse was thrown into his tomb hastily in an attempt to hide from marauding bands of Moabites, the man came back to life simply by his corpse touching Elisha’s bones. Even as miracles go, that one’s quite impressive.

On the Church and On Sin: With a (former) Tory MP and a Catholic Priest

What with the Extraordinary Synod going on in Rome this week, the Roman Catholic Church has been in the news a bit of late. And as a result of all this pre-synod hype in the media, two Roman Catholics wrote two of the best articles I read last week. One was an article in the Catholic Herald by a priest. The other was an article in the Spectator by a former MP. You should read both of them. (But if you're not going to read both, then please at least read the second one!)

Now, maybe that seems a bit odd. I am, after all, both a Pentecostal pastor and an Ulster Protestant. And as such, I'm convinced that very significant aspects of Roman Catholic theology are seriously wrong. I still believe that justification by faith alone is the article on which the church stands or falls. But that doesn't mean we shouldn't read, and even learn from, Roman Catholics. Although we are justified by faith alone, it is by faith in Christ alone, not faith in the right formulation of the doc…

Money, Money, Money (Must Be Funny, in a Rich Man’s World!)

‘Not the Pentecostals! Watch out – they’ll be trying to get all your money.’
     – The reaction when a new Christian told her Muslim uncle that she’d got saved and           started attending a Pentecostal church. ‘Hello, I’m calling from [“Christian” TV channel]. We have some great deals on advertising during our broadcasts and wondered if the church would be interested.’
     – A phone call yesterday. ‘$11,150’
     – the amount one American church is appealing to raise to produce a worship album $750 plus expenses
     – an American amount recommended as a gift for visiting preachers ‘US pastors paid up to $300,000 - are Church of England vicars getting a raw deal?’
     – recent Headline in Christian Today

£5.75 million
     – the amount of money an evangelical church down south is trying to raise for               building improvements.$25,000
     – the amount two American pastors are raising to produce a six minute teaching video Money has been on my mind a bit of late. Not my …