Tim Farron, Faith & Politics

A couple of days ago, Tim Farron stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, saying that he was “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader.” His resignation statement brought the ever-present tension between politics and faith right out into the open. The BBC’s article on the day…

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in Nottingham

Every now and then, there are things that just feel right. Like this is how they’re meant to be. One of those things happened last night in a warehouse near the centre of Nottingham. About 700 people gathered in Trent Vineyard church to pray for the city and worship God together. That’s a decent number of people…

3 Things: a Film, a Podcast & an Album

I do these posts every now and then when there are a few things I want to review/talk about, but they don’t need a full post each. Read on for my take on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, a new podcast on reading the Bible, and the new album from The Classic Crime. ‘Please…

Is the Bible a Message?

“We run into trouble when we take the Bible as a message to be preached rather than something to wrestle with.” That (paraphrased) gem from Pete Enns has been stuck in my head for months now, ever since I first heard it on the Liturgists podcast towards the end of last year. In recent weeks,…

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…