This blog has moved

September 29, 2012


I’m moving Shored Fragments to a new server, without adverts. Please point your bookmarks and feeds to Thanks!

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Of a troublesome comma in the Creed

September 28, 2012


The morning office I presently use to structure the first part of my prayers invites me to recite the Apostles’ Creed each day. Famously, the Christological clauses of that Creed begin: I believe in Jesus Christ, his only son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the […]

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Another myth about gender and church leadership

September 21, 2012


A couple of weeks ago I blogged about the regularly-heard assertion that embracing the ministry of women led to a slide into liberalism, and pointed out that there was simply no evidence to back this up. Today someone told me that a certain well-known pastor from Seattle had spoken at a church leaders conference in […]

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Gay relationships in the Bible?

September 19, 2012


I have been reading the new edition of Jeffrey John’s book, now titled┬áPermanent, Faithful, Stable, Christian Same-sex Marriage,in preparation for writing a couple of pieces on human sexuality. In the course of his discussion, Canon John makes brief reference to the miracle of the healing of the Centurion’s servant in Lk. 7:1-10 // Mt. 8:5-13, […]

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The Los Angeles Theology Conference

September 16, 2012


If you’ve not already heard, Oliver Crisp and Fred Sanders have organised the first in what promises to be a series of conferences on Christian theology, to be held in LA, CA, 17-18th January, 2013, on the theme of ‘Christology: Ancient and Modern’. The models are avowedly the Wheaton theology conference and the Edinburgh Dogmatics […]

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‘Saying Goodbye’: remembrance services for people who have lost babies in pregnancy

September 6, 2012


I’ve been aware for a little while of a new organisation called ‘Saying Goodbye’, which has been set up to run a series of remembrance services around the UK for people who have lost children during pregnancy. This is an excellent idea, long needed, and everything I can see makes me believe it will be […]

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