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Author David Kerrigan

In recent years, a number of cases in Great Britain have gone to court involving Christians who claim they have been victims of discrimination.  Often the decisions against these Christians have been upheld, the cumulative effect of which has been to give rise to the suspicion that Christians are being treated unfairly under the law. […] Read More

One of the wonderful conversations in C S Lewis’ “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” is when Mr. Beaver speaks of Aslan, describing the Lion as “the King of the wood, the son of the great emperor-beyond-the-sea and the King of the Beasts.” Mrs. Beaver joins in to say that “anyone who can stand […] Read More

So why do faith and science often seem in conflict? For centuries a Christian commitment to the natural sciences has been rooted in the Bible, and a theology that argues that God is discernible in and through the cosmos he has created (Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:19). Initially therefore, 17th century scientific enterprise, arguably the beginning […] Read More

Editor’s note: This column is another of several will carry from an initiative from Great Britain called “ – Baptists Imagining Life After 400 Years.” On a cold but sunny afternoon recently, I found myself at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C.  Arlington describes itself as “our Nation’s most hallowed ground,” a place where […] Read More

Visiting UrbanExpression teams in Manchester, England, recently, we found ourselves in somewhat unusual surroundings. In the space of eight hours, we visited a children’s center, a supermarket, the Rampant Lion pub, walked round a local estate and finally gathered for reflection and prayer – in a café! BMS World Mission first partnered with Urban Expression, […] Read More

Colin Harris, professor of religion at Mercer University, sent me a very helpful and encouraging email following my previous column on the subject of the narrative structure of the Bible versus the non-narrative nature of the Quran. With Colin’s permission, I quote from his email: “Students sometimes discover that how people can use the Bible […] Read More

“Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin!” How many of us remember this litany – the opening line from a long-running BBC radio program for children – from our younger years? It’s still said today as we introduce young people to the power of stories. Whether you love books or films, fact or fiction, television […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the second part of a two-part series on discerning God’s will. Read the first part: “Why God Doesn’t Care If You Buy a Red Car.” How does God guide his people? The answer is simple – in an almost infinite variety of ways. We have pillars of fire in the night […] Read More

Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part series on discerning God’s will. Guidance concerning God’s will pervades organizational life at BMS World Mission. Those who inquire about mission service with us speak readily of their conviction that God is calling them. We too will invoke the language of calling as a way […] Read More

I returned to Israel this month in the good company of David Coffey, now our BMS global ambassador, to join with Israel’s Baptists and celebrate their centenary. When I came here last year, most of my time was spent with Arab Christians and Muslims, both in Nazareth and on the West Bank. The visit made […] Read More