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,…

Alternative Readings of the Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is one of the cornerstones of Western Christianity, a classic story known by millions, helping us to appreciate the truth about God’s grace. There really couldn’t be a better passage to use to illustrate how diverse interpretations of the Bible can be. To start with, I’ll paraphrase…

5 Podcasts I Love

Most people close to me have probably heard me spouting off about something or other I heard on a podcast. I got into podcasts originally because I loved listening to tabletop gaming shows while I was doing data entry work, and then slowly moved away from them to more faith-related shows that I listen to…

Unbound: Shaking Up Publishing

It’s funny when things connect. Okay, maybe I’m slightly influenced by the fact that I’ve just watched the finale of season 1 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but sometimes things in life marry up nicely. Earlier this week, I found out that Simon Spanton, former associate publisher of Orion books, has joined crowdfunding publisher…

Engaging with New Testament rhetoric in ‘Catching the Wave’

I’ll be honest, Tim MacBride’s Catching the Wave was sitting unopened on my bookshelf for months after IVP first sent it to me to read and review. I knew I’d get round to it at some point, but there was always something I’d read instead. After all, I thought, what use can a book helping…

Blogs, Books and a Lot of Writing: Interview with Steven Hardy

For this post, I’m excited to bring you an interview with a very good friend of mine, Steven Hardy. Over the past year, Steven has written his first book, and set up a new blog. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions… Let’s start with a bit about yourself for readers that…

Somebody Else’s Heretic

Every Christian is another Christian’s heretic. A heretic is ‘a person holding an opinion at odds with what is generally accepted’. Ever since the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches mutually excommunicated one another in 1054, and the Protestant Reformation in the 16th Century, the major sections of the global church have been ‘at odds’ with…

A Radical Reading of the Cross in ‘The Divine Magician’

The Divine Magician (TDM), a book by philosopher and theologian Peter Rollins, was my first read of 2017, and it was a great start. Rollins, a proponent of Radical Theology and someone who has influenced the likes of Rob Bell, uses the book as a way to talk about his radical reading of the crucifixion…

Who’s to Blame?

The vast majority of games work with some combination of variance (luck) and skill. At one end of the spectrum, you have Snakes and Ladders, which is all variance and no skill, relying purely on the numbers that appear on the dice. At the other end of the scale is chess, which is pretty much…

We’re All Living in a Simulation

The Simulation Hypothesis is an idea that has gained a lot of publicity in the latter half of 2016, despite having origins at least as early as 2003. Its cause is bolstered by high profile voices like those of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, with outlets like the Guardian and Scientific American covering their…

The end of the year on Brightest Day

2016 is almost over, and while many will be sighing with relief, it hasn’t been all bad. I haven’t posted anything for a few days now, and don’t plan on writing another proper post until next week, but I did want to take some time to thank you for reading, and to look forward to…

My Journey in the Worlds of the Malazans

Back in Autumn 2015 I started reading the fantasy series that would, over the course of around 14 months, take its place in my estimation as the greatest series of books that I have ever read. The Malazan Book of the Fallen, written by Canadian archaeologist and anthropologist Steven Erikson, is a 10 book long…