The Board Game Revolution

I want to take a break from my usual fair to talk about one of my main hobbies: board games. I’m not just talking Monopoly and Articulate (though both are great games), I’m talking about games across a multitude of genres, with innovative mechanics, varying levels of strategy and, often, beautiful artwork and compelling back-stories….

Worship through work

A few weeks ago I listened to theologian and former pastor Dr Matthew Kaemynck discuss a theology of work that completely transformed my way of thinking about it. I have been working on and off, full-time or part-time, for about 8 years now, from starting with a few hours a week dropping ads through people’s…

Matthew’s Jesus: the Jewish King

First impressions are important. They don’t tell the whole story, but it’s hard to move too far away from your initial perception of a new person. It follows that how a character is introduced to you in a book is also incredibly important. You can learn a lot about what the author is trying to…

What Christians can learn from the Romans

This last Monday I was in Pompeii, the Roman town whose occupants were famously wiped out by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. There are countless interesting things in this well-preserved ancient town, but something that struck me on reflection was the recognition of the gods in pretty much everything. The main forum (town centre…

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…