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…

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…

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…

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…

The Son Before Jesus

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and…

So Much More to Learn

Something that I love about being a Christian is the potential to keep learning and to keep seeing new things. The idea that Christianity is a closed book – an intellectual dead end – has never carried much weight with me. Those of you who have followed my blog for a little while will have…

Changing for God

I’ve heard people give a lot of reasons for why they don’t believe in Christianity, or why they don’t think it’s relevant for them. One of the more common ones that I’ve come across is that people think they don’t need God because they’re already a good person. They treat people well. They have morals….

Arguing About God

One of the things that characterised my time at secondary school was arguments about the existence of God, and whether or not I was right to hold a Christian faith. I won’t say that these arguments were unproductive, because I do know that people were affected by them and by the simple fact that I stood…

Why did God Ask Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?

Disclaimer: I’m not a theologian. The stuff that I’m going to write about here is theological in nature, but it’s not an academic study. This is a topic that I know a lot could be written about, but this post is simply the response that I have as a Christian to reading certain parts of…

Hope

Paul talks about three things that are central to what Christian faith should look like: faith, hope and love. Pages and pages of writing could be devoted to any one of these three, but I want to spend a little bit of time looking at hope, which I feel is perhaps the easiest to skip…

Religion or Relationship?

This post is something that I’ve been thinking about for a little while, but haven’t really had in my mind enough to feel the need to write down until today. The trigger was this excellent article highlighting the positive side of traditionally ‘religious’ practices. Fr. Stewart, who wrote the article, acknowledged the need for a…

We Need Each Other

Jesus told us to love one another as he has loved us. He said that this would be the way that the world would know we follow him. That’s a hard command. After all, Jesus loved the world so much that he was willing to die for it. He went to the farthest extremes to…