Monthly Archives: September 2010

I’m terribly sorry if I offend anyone, but would it be OK to mention Jesus – oops so sorry…

I had just read our resident Provocateur’s article on the visit of the Pope ( give it a read if you haven’t yet… http://blog.kingsdivinity.org2010/09/the-popes-visit-to-britain/), when I checked my emails and found one from “Christian Concern for our Nation” launching their campaign NOT ASHAMED.  This campaign seems to me to be as John Cleese would say “stating the ________ obvious“.

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The Pope’s Visit to Britain

I wonder what students (especially in the UK) think to the Pope’s visit to Britain? I’ve read articles by writers in such publications as the Evangelical Times and the Protestant Truth Society magazine who are very exercised about the visit and think it should never have happened. In this, they seem to find themselves on the same side as many humanists and secularists who have made quite a noise of protest in the British media.

Actually, I heard one of the latter, I think a spokesman for the NSS (National Secular Society… someone will no doubt correct me if I’m mistaken) on Jeremy Vine’s radio 2 chat show only yesterday lunchtime (17th September 2010). He said that there was no proof whatsoever for God and that as children grow up, they consign him, along with Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny, to the things of childhood, things no longer to be believed (I paraphrase and abridge his argument). Read more »

Book Review: The Letter to the Hebrews (Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Peter O’Brien

Peter O’Brien is now established as one of the premier commentary writers in Biblical Studies following a number of highly respected efforts: Colossians in the WBC series, Philippians in the NIGTC and Ephesians in the PNTC. It is in the latter series, ably edited by D. A. Carson, that this eagerly anticipated commentary is found. Read more »

Greenbelt & Peter Tatchell

What do you think about the fact that the homosexual activist Peter Tatchell was invited to the Greenbelt festival this year to speak about “the struggle for queer freedom in Africa”?


Here’s a little about Mr Tatchell’s background to set the scene:

·         He is well known for his view that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 for homosexuals. On his website he states that if children under 14 have consensual sex, and if there is no greater than a three year age differential, there should not be a prosecution.

·         He is also a strong promoter of pornography which he says is good for everyone. He has previously written approvingly of sadomasochism, bondage, infidelity, orgies and public cruising for sex. [Safer Sexy: The Guide to Gay Sex Safely”]

·         He was prosecuted for disrupting the 1998 Easter Sermon at Canterbury


Were you there this year, and did you hear what he had to say? If so please do comment below.

Do you believe that the organisers of Greenbelt over stepped the mark in trying to be quite so culturally relevant? If so please use one of the ways of contact listed below to make the point.

Or am I making something from nothing (thought only God could do that…)? Please comment, it’s good to debate.

Contacts for Greenbelt:

Greenbelt Festival, 83 London Wall, London, EC2M 5ND

Phone: 020 7374 2760

Box Office Email:

Email for General Enquiries:

HCSB Study Bible Available Free Online

One of our students has drawn my attention to the availability of the HCSB Study Bible online at the following website. It seems to be in beta only, but appears to be in good working order. There are some useful resources thrown in as well, especially the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Also present are some Holman New Testament Commentaries which are a little basic but have good, sound content.

Andy Cheung teaches at King’s Evangelical Divinity School, a distance education Bible College and Seminary in the UK.

Wycliffe Bible Translators – UK 50th Anniversary

I’m delighted to read the following press release from Wycliffe Bible Translators. Praise God for 50 years of faithful, Christ-exalting service. Do take the time to visit their website at
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