Tim Farron, Faith & Politics

A couple of days ago, Tim Farron stepped down as the leader of the Liberal Democrats, saying that he was “torn between living as a faithful Christian and serving as a political leader.” His resignation statement brought the ever-present tension between politics and faith right out into the open. The BBC’s article on the day…

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ in Nottingham

Every now and then, there are things that just feel right. Like this is how they’re meant to be. One of those things happened last night in a warehouse near the centre of Nottingham. About 700 people gathered in Trent Vineyard church to pray for the city and worship God together. That’s a decent number of people…

A Sinner Saved // A Stumbling Saint

When was the last time you did something that you knew you shouldn’t have? It doesn’t take me long to think of an answer, and I bet something sprang straight to your mind, too. That’s how easy it is to make someone feel crap about themselves. The Church (or what I’ve seen of it) is,…

The Language of Church

It’s baffling that we don’t pay more attention to the language that we use in church. I’m not talking about ‘taboo’ words – arguably we place too much emphasis on certain words that we can’t say in church. Instead, I’m talking about language more generally. One useful way of thinking about language is that it’s…

Worship is not an Emotional High

There are some Bible verses that are ambiguous however you read them, and others that say something when taken on their own that they clearly don’t mean when taken in context. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 is not one of those verses: “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for…

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…

Facebook is like McDonald’s

When it comes to food, most of us have an idea of what’s good for us and what’s bad for us. A home cooked meal with some veg and maybe a bit of chicken is pretty good, while a Big Mac is pretty bad. That doesn’t mean we always eat healthily, but at least we…

Perception of an Ending

If you haven’t seen Arrival or read Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life (the book that the film was based on), and you want to see/read it without knowing what’s going to happen, please don’t read this blog post until you have! Reading this blog will reveal the ending of the story and many major…

The Value of Postmodernism

In my experience, the Church’s reaction to postmodernism is resoundingly negative. And to be honest, I think the Church is right to react that way to the distorted image of postmodernism that has worked its way into popular culture. In a recent Liturgists podcast on epistemology, Michael Gungor discussed the transition from 20th century postmodernism…

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,…

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…

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…