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…

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…

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…

A Little Challenge

For today’s post I want to do something a little different to normal. Below is a section of the Bible from Luke’s gospel that contains some of Jesus’ teachings on love and forgiveness. I’m not going to try and interpret those teachings except to say that recently I’ve found them really challenging, and I felt…

Holier Than Thou

One of the saddest conceptions that people have about Christians in the world today is that they are ‘holier than thou’. There seems to be this belief that Christians think they’re better than non-Christians, and that, as a consequence, they are constantly judging those who don’t live in the same way. The problem is that…

Children’s Stories

Growing up as a Christian, for me, was fantastic. My faith is still going strong, and who I am today has been shaped by the things that I experienced and was taught as a child in church. I went to Sunday School every week, and at Sunday school I learnt Bible verses (most of which,…

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…

An Idea for Bible Reading

I’ve never written a post like this before, where I’ve actually offered a suggestion for something you could try in your prayer life, but I’ve been inspired in the last couple of days to give this particular exercise a go, and if it helps me then it might be that some of you find it…