My COMPLETE Ranking of the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Infinity War is on the horizon. This immense crossover will undoubtedly be the culmination of every Marvel Cinematic Universe film so far, so I decided that now would be a great time to release my definitive ranking for all those films. This was a tricky task, and so that you can see how my rankings compare…

Christians Need Religion

This is not the first time I have written on the false choice Christians in my circles are told to make, again and again, between ‘religion’ and ‘relationship.’ In 2016 I wrote a similar post in which I argued that this false dichotomy has caused charismatics/evangelical Christians to push away traditional rituals and practices that millions…

The Board Game Revolution

I want to take a break from my usual fair to talk about one of my main hobbies: board games. I’m not just talking Monopoly and Articulate (though both are great games), I’m talking about games across a multitude of genres, with innovative mechanics, varying levels of strategy and, often, beautiful artwork and compelling back-stories….

Mark’s Jesus: the Powerful Son of God

As I said in the first post in this series, on Matthew’s presentation of Jesus, an author’s introduction of a character tells us a lot about what they want us to think about that person. My earlier post looked at how Matthew introduced Jesus – emphasising his authority as a Jewish Davidic Messiah, king and…

Theology isn’t scary

Here’s a question that stumps me: why is theology seen as scary or dangerous in some parts of Christian culture? I’ve genuinely heard the word said in exaggerated whispers, or speakers warning congregations that they’re about to embark on a more ‘theological’ section of the sermon. The implication is pretty clear: theology is beyond the…

Worship through work

A few weeks ago I listened to theologian and former pastor Dr Matthew Kaemynck discuss a theology of work that completely transformed my way of thinking about it. I have been working on and off, full-time or part-time, for about 8 years now, from starting with a few hours a week dropping ads through people’s…

Matthew’s Jesus: the Jewish King

First impressions are important. They don’t tell the whole story, but it’s hard to move too far away from your initial perception of a new person. It follows that how a character is introduced to you in a book is also incredibly important. You can learn a lot about what the author is trying to…

What Christians can learn from the Romans

This last Monday I was in Pompeii, the Roman town whose occupants were famously wiped out by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. There are countless interesting things in this well-preserved ancient town, but something that struck me on reflection was the recognition of the gods in pretty much everything. The main forum (town centre…

What are we reading when we’re reading the Bible?

A number of things that I have listened to and read recently have lead me to ask the question in the title. It’s a big question; one with profound implications for all Christians. So why do the most thoughtful answers seem to be addressed more in academia than in the church? Why talk about about…

‘Revelations of Divine Love’ by Julian of Norwich

As you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, I receive books from the very generous SPCK every now and then that I can read and review. One such book, that I actually received quite a while ago now, was Revelations of Divine Love, by a Christian mystic called Julian…

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…