A Report from Across the Pond: The State of Evangelicalism Amid the 2020 Election

What’s Going On? As the 2020 election draws near next month, the world is watching to see who will be the next president of the United States. Donald Trump has consistently relied on the white evangelical grassroots as his largest voting bloc. Reportedly 81% of white evangelicals voted for Donald Trump in the 2016 election, … Continue Reading

Providence and Purpose in Pandemic

Before this pandemic I would imagine that most Christians knew very little about how the Church has responded to pandemics and plagues in the past. In recent months however I have seen an increasing number of articles highlighting how Christians have always had to deal with what they would have called plagues. Moreover, the way … Continue Reading

Reformed Sacramentality: A Book Review

Dorothea H. Bertschmann reviews Graham R. Hughes’ Reformed Sacramentality (ed. Steffen Lösel; Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2017), an alternative approach to sacramental theology in the Reformed tradition ‘Reformed Sacramentality’ seems to be an oxymoron at first glance. The Reformed tradition, though affirming and celebrating the sacraments of baptism and Holy Communion does not have a reputation … Continue Reading

Obituary: J.I. Packer

With the death of J. I. (‘Jim’) Packer, Anglican evangelicalism has lost one of its most significant theological voices, as well as a guiding figure of the National Evangelical Anglican Congress at the University of Keele in 1967, which many consider to have inaugurated a new phase in the history of evangelicalism within the Church … Continue Reading

Hope Under Judgement: A reflection on theology and race after the killing of George Floyd

I feel a distinct uneasiness as I attempt to write some reflections on the brutal killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events. It’s an uneasiness borne of the tension in accepting that sheer silence represents a failure to reckon with what is and has been happening, yet knowing ahead of time that words will … Continue Reading

What are we learning about Mission and the Church during Covid-19?

A paper based on Jay Colwill’s transcript, delivered at the April 2020 “Beer and Theology” session; the first to be conducted online as a Zoom webinar during the Coronavirus lockdown. Introduction There is a proverb that says: ‘when the winds change direction, there are those who build walls and there are those who build windmills’. … Continue Reading