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…

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…

Meditation and the Bible

For long stretches of my Christian life, the Bible has seemed dry and inaccessible. Reading it has felt like a chore, something that I have done out of habit (to ‘check off the list’, as it were), or something that I haven’t done at all. There have been patches that I have been enthusiastic about…

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…

Reading Ecclesiastes – ‘Destiny’, by David Gibson

Thanks to IVP, who kindly sent me a copy of the book to read and review, I was also able to ask David some questions about Destiny and the themes he talks about within the book. His answers make for a great read, so check that out before you go any further with this review….

An Interview with David Gibson

In a first for Brightest Day, I had the fantastic opportunity to interview David Gibson. For this honour I have IVP to thank, who very kindly arranged the opportunity for me to speak to David, and to David himself for taking the time to answer my questions. David is the author of Destiny, an engaging,…

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…

The Value of All Humanity

We’re just over a month away from Christmas, the celebration of the day that the Christ was born to Mary in human form. That moment is undoubtedly one of the most significant encounters with God recorded in the Bible or anywhere else in human history, but it is not the only one. In the weeks…

Should We be Afraid of God?

Let’s start by seeing what Jesus had to say on the subject: “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to…

When Jesus is Challenging

I heard something very interesting recently on a podcast featuring Bible scholar Peter Enns. I want to start this post by paraphrasing something he said that struck me: when we treat the Bible as a message to be proclaimed we expect it to be simple and unified, something that, apart from a couple of corner…

What Christians Can Learn from the Anglo-Saxons & the Romans

A lot has happened since my last post that has kept me from writing another. I’ve started a new job, graduated, and travelled up and down the country a few times. But life is settling back down now, so I thought I really have no excuse not to kick myself back into gear and write…