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Author David Kerrigan

Before we can discover whether all Baptists must always be card-carrying evangelicals, we must first define what evangelical means. David Bebbington’s 1988 book, “Evangelicalism in Modern Britain: A History,” offers four characteristics of evangelicals from their beginnings in the early 18th century to the 1980s. A 2007 paper by Brian Harris explored Bebbington’s work through […] Read More

There is no walk of life, other than in a religious setting, where the term worship is properly used. We use it as a metaphor to try and express profound respect or love for another person – “He worships the very ground she walks on.” – but true worship is solely a religious activity, an […] Read More

Everyone’s talking about debt these days. And so they should, for it’s a critical issue. But is debt a bad thing? Is it reasonable to say that there’s good debt and bad debt? Good debt seems to me to be manageable – a mortgage is hopefully a manageable debt if we’re not encouraged to borrow […] Read More

If, like most of us, you prefer your issues cut and dried, goodies and baddies, then climate change is just the kind of thing to avoid. For every opinion, you’ll find an opposite opinion; for every believer, in spite of scientific consensus that climate change is occurring, you’ll find a skeptic. So sitting on the […] Read More

Debates about communion usually focus on two important areas: the nature of the event and the question of who can participate. The nature of the event will involve considerations such as what we believe about the bread and wine. At one end of the spectrum, the Roman Catholic position is that the elements become the […] Read More

The terrorist attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine came as yet another shocking example of the impact of Islamic fundamentalism on today’s world. Nothing, absolutely nothing, that offends us justifies murder. Admittedly that is a Western value, but it is one we would defend at all costs. Whether it’s New York, Bali, Nairobi, […] Read More

A conference rarely reaches the heady heights of being a sensory experience but the third Christ at the Checkpoint conference, meeting in Bethlehem on March 10-14, has done so in full measure. Taking as its theme “Your Kingdom Come,” the aim has been to explore the challenges that stand against fulfilling this Kingdom vision in […] Read More

Hundreds of churches in the United Kingdom observed Sunday, Sept. 22, as “The Big Welcome.” Sponsored by the Baptist Union of Great Britain (BUGB) and others, this initiative encourages Christians to invite someone they know to do something they love. Many U.K. churches encouraged members to invite friends to church, but the issue of welcome is […] Read More

I live in South Oxfordshire in England where many of the villages are chocolate-box pretty, the land is fertile, the meandering Thames adds its own unique fingerprint and the air is clean. Well, except when our beloved power station has a malfunction!  But if there is something I miss, it’s hills. Mountains would be even better, […] Read More

Heroes have been in the news recently. My attention was drawn to the story of Henry Langford, someone I hadn’t heard of until the 93-year-old’s death on Oct. 7 was reported in the religious newspapers.  Langford supported the cause of racial equality in the 1950s and was subsequently hounded out of his church. The Religious […] Read More