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…

We’re All Living in a Simulation

The Simulation Hypothesis is an idea that has gained a lot of publicity in the latter half of 2016, despite having origins at least as early as 2003. Its cause is bolstered by high profile voices like those of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, with outlets like the Guardian and Scientific American covering their…

The end of the year on Brightest Day

2016 is almost over, and while many will be sighing with relief, it hasn’t been all bad. I haven’t posted anything for a few days now, and don’t plan on writing another proper post until next week, but I did want to take some time to thank you for reading, and to look forward to…

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,…

Worship is more than singing

I have a problem. The vast majority of Christian services and events that I go to have at least half an hour of worshipping God through song. But, for years – maybe always – I have struggled with being distracted in these times. It’s not every time the music plays in church, but it’s a…

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…

The Significance of Food

What’s the first thing that God is directly quoted as saying to humanity? “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 The story of…