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…

We Worship the Same God, Right?

This post is about a program I half-watched on Sunday evening, as I was reading: ‘My Mediterranean, with Adrian Chiles’. It was the first in a new BBC2 series that followers the presented on a journey round the Mediterranean. Nothing special, you might think. The thing that the show’s title doesn’t tell you, however, is…

God With Us

What do you say about Christmas that hasn’t already been said? Over this Christmas time I’m pretty sure you’re being bombarded with messages from countless different sources, some Christian, some not, about the real meaning of Christmas. Most of those, I’m sure, are good, valuable messages to be told (especially the ones about Jesus!) but…

Christianity Is…Intelligent

This is the final instalment in my Christianity Is… series. If you want to catch up on what I’ve written so far, you can find the introduction here, Christianity Is…Pure here, …Physical here, …Emotional here, and …Purposeful here. This being the final post, the idea of how this topic fits in with the rest has…

Christianity Is…Purposeful

This is the fifth instalment in my Christianity Is… series. If you want to catch up on what I’ve written so far, you can find the introduction here, Christianity Is…Pure here, …Physical here, and …Emotional here. So far in this series I’ve talked about three different aspects of Christianity, and I’ve framed them in terms…

Christianity Is…Emotional

This is the fourth instalment in my Christianity Is… series. If you want to catch up on what I’ve written so far, you can find the introduction here, Christianity Is…Pure here, and …Physical here. So far I’ve looked at two different aspects of Christianity, and both times there has been a bit of myth busting…

Christianity Is…Physical

This is the third instalment in my Christianity Is… series. If you want to catch up on what I’ve written so far, you can find the introduction here, and Christianity Is…Pure here. One of the biggest misconceptions about Christianity in this century is that it’s all about the heart. That it’s a spiritual thing, to…

Christianity Is…Pure

This is the second part in my Christianity Is… series. If you missed the intro, you can find it here. The idea of purity and morality seems to me to be one of the most obvious aspects of Christianity, yet also one of the trickiest to get right. Because of that, I think it’s one…

Christianity Is…

In this series of posts, that I’ve called Christianity Is… I want to explore a bit about Christianity and the picture that I think the Bible gives us of what that was meant to look like. I have to admit that the title is a bit misleading, as inevitably the ideals that I talk about…

The Holy Spirit

Considering his status as one of the three members of the Trinity, equal in power and glory to God the Father and God the Son, it seems to me that the Holy Spirit doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the world today. More so than both of the other two persons of the Trinity, the…

The Challenge of Christianity

Following on from my response to Stephen Fry earlier in the week and a few conversations I’ve had both before and since then, I thought that now might be a good time to share my thoughts on what I consider to be the fundamental challenge of Christianity. The challenge can be put something like this:…