Experience and the Bible

I meant for this blog to be part to of my Exploring the Bible two-parter, and when I wrote part 1 I had the intention of writing two different posts on how we interpret the Bible, one focusing on external means and the second on internal means. Since then I’ve heard and thought about some stuff…

A Sinner Saved // A Stumbling Saint

When was the last time you did something that you knew you shouldn’t have? It doesn’t take me long to think of an answer, and I bet something sprang straight to your mind, too. That’s how easy it is to make someone feel crap about themselves. The Church (or what I’ve seen of it) is,…

The Language of Church

It’s baffling that we don’t pay more attention to the language that we use in church. I’m not talking about ‘taboo’ words – arguably we place too much emphasis on certain words that we can’t say in church. Instead, I’m talking about language more generally. One useful way of thinking about language is that it’s…

Worship is not an Emotional High

There are some Bible verses that are ambiguous however you read them, and others that say something when taken on their own that they clearly don’t mean when taken in context. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is not one of those verses: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for…

Discovering Liturgy

We get the word ‘liturgy’ from the Greek word leitourgia. “It meant an action by which a group of people become something corporately which they had not been as a mere collection of individuals – a whole greater than the sum of its parts. It meant also a function or ‘ministry’ of a man or…

Exploring the Bible Part 1

For me, a key part of Christianity is learning more about who God is and how we can be more like him. Theologians have debated for centuries whether knowledge of God comes primarily from internal sources (like reason, or experience), or from external sources (or ‘revelation’; like the Bible, or traditions). This is a very…

‘Journey into Mystery’ – An Interview with Daniel Taylor

Thanks to the wonderful people at SPCK and Wipf and Stock publishers, I had the opportunity to pick the brain of Daniel Taylor, author of multiple books, including non-fiction like The Myth of Certainty and fiction, like the Jon Mote Mysteries. I was introduced to Daniel’s work when I was able to review his first…

Facebook is like McDonald’s

When it comes to food, most of us have an idea of what’s good for us and what’s bad for us. A home cooked meal with some veg and maybe a bit of chicken is pretty good, while a Big Mac is pretty bad. That doesn’t mean we always eat healthily, but at least we…

Meditation and the Bible

For long stretches of my Christian life, the Bible has seemed dry and inaccessible. Reading it has felt like a chore, something that I have done out of habit (to ‘check off the list’, as it were), or something that I haven’t done at all. There have been patches that I have been enthusiastic about…

Perception of an Ending

If you haven’t seen Arrival or read Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life (the book that the film was based on), and you want to see/read it without knowing what’s going to happen, please don’t read this blog post until you have! Reading this blog will reveal the ending of the story and many major…

The Value of Postmodernism

In my experience, the Church’s reaction to postmodernism is resoundingly negative. And to be honest, I think the Church is right to react that way to the distorted image of postmodernism that has worked its way into popular culture. In a recent Liturgists podcast on epistemology, Michael Gungor discussed the transition from 20th century postmodernism…

Struggling With Cynicism & Skepticism

I would say that one of my biggest struggles as a Christian is staying on the right side of the line between skepticism and cynicism. The way I see it, skepticism is a healthy and needed thing. It’s what helps us to ask questions and to see how to improve the things that we’re doing,…