The site started out sometime in 1998 as a spin off from the University Christian Union website I was running at the time. The idea was to put some quality articles online to explain what Christians believe and to pose big questions about like.
I'm 25. I grew up in a liberal-anglo-catholic church environment and became a Christian when I was 18. God graciously used the evangelical ministry of Spring Harvest and individuals to teach me the gospel, along with the Anglican liturgy which taught me the truth weekly.
My early experience of church led me to think nothing about sin nor about grace and left me thinking that God was distant... though with some sense of relationship.
Around the age of 18 I became aware of my sinfulness and had no cure. I reasoned into legalism and dipping into the Bible misread the Old Testament law to think I should attempt to atone for my sin. The law did what it does and I knew myself a worse sinner, but still no cure. Praise to God then that he showed me through the liturgy and songs of church, and through the few bits of the Bible I knew of that Jesus was the cure I needed. It's been a delight since then to discover that the same grace that saved me is the grace I live by:
Not the labor of my hands
Can fulfill Thy law’s demands;
Could my zeal no respite know,
Could my tears forever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Thou must save, and Thou alone.
Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to the cross I cling;
Naked, come to Thee for dress;
Helpless look to Thee for grace;
Foul, I to the fountain fly;
Wash me, Savior, or I die.
(Rock of Ages, Toplady)
My church background since then is largely Arminian, Evangelical and Charismatic, at churches in Bath and Reading, UK. We're now part of an Anglican church near Reading.
I'm thankful for all the churches I've been part of for directing my life to the Lord. Today I'm a self confessed Christian Hedonist with a Charismatic/Reformed/Calvinist theology - for those whom those terms are useful.
I'm working as a Bible Teacher and Evangelist with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (My Page at UCCF.org.uk)
Reading the Bible in 1998 the year after I became a Christian I discovered the word so in Acts 17v16 which connected Paul's distress at idolatry with his move to speak of Jesus in Athens. I think Dick Dowsett may have helped me find this since I'd been at the UCCF Forum conference where he'd preached Acts not long before, but I don't remember.
From 2000-2002 I was on the UCCF Relay programme which was a formative time for me. Big thanks to Andy, Rachel and the Relay team for making grace so alive as the source of my life.
The grace-filled Christ-exalting ministry of UCCF has shaped me in my faith. This is largely why I work for the ministry today. I sat in my interview and thought "I'm gutted if I don't get this" because this ministry stands for all that I do. Since early in my Christian life UCCF Staff have cared for me, I remember the kindness of Chris Sinkinson helping me get started on personal Bible reading at a CU Leaders weekend in 1998.
Today, it's a huge priviledge to serve on the South East UCCF Staff team and be part of the Relay programme too. My students know that I work hard to recruit them to do Relay after graduation... because they need to get deeper into the glorious grace of God.
Whilst on Relay I read John Piper's Let the Nations be Glad and was blown away reading the first page. I saw there my discovery in Acts 17 put more eloquently and clearly. John Piper is probably the single most influential author I've read. Citations from his work mark much of mine and I happily use his terms. My hope is that I never knowingly plagiarise him but I confess his thoughts have so affected mine that it occasionally feels like I must be copying him.
The other major influence on me comes through the ministry of Vaughan Roberts and Graeme Goldsworthy who taught me about Biblical Theology. In September 2002 I stumbled into involvement in beginningwithmoses.org, for which I am the webmaster. That project is run with Dave, Jonny and Andy.
Ultimately this site exists partly because I love to write articles and poetry (you'll find over 200 songs/poems of varying quality on site if you look hard enough), partly to resource the students I work with, partly because I think clearest when I have to communicate my thoughts, and chiefly because I hope God will look big through what I write.