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 Permanent, 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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‘Egalitarianism’ as a slippery slope?

August 31, 2012


I have heard or read a number of people recently arguing that an ‘egalitarian’ (hate the term…) position is to be rejected by evangelicals because it necessarily involves an approach to the the Bible which tends towards the erosion of Scriptural authority. This argument comes in two forms, one which has a degree of prima […]

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The bare minimum gospel?

August 26, 2012


I’ve been involved in a discussion recently, connected to the excellent Evangelical Alliance Confidence in the Gospel campaign, which raised, amongst other issues, the question ‘what is essential to a gospel presentation?’ I understood the reason the question was on the table – are their certain things that, if they are not included, make an account […]

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Why ‘complementarianism’ matters: reflections occasioned by Carl Trueman

August 25, 2012


Carl Trueman has an excellent blog post on the Reformation21 site, expressing puzzlement at why so many (American, evangelical) parachurch organisations make complementarianism (male-only leadership) a defining point of their platform. He highlights the potential absurdity of this in characteristically sharp and witty fashion, pointing out that the historical divisions that these organisations choose to bridge […]

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