So Much More to Learn

Something that I love about being a Christian is the potential to keep learning and to keep seeing new things. The idea that Christianity is a closed book – an intellectual dead end – has never carried much weight with me. Those of you who have followed my blog for a little while will have…

Stories We Live By

I don’t think anyone would really disagree that one of the ways humans communicate most commonly and effectively is through stories. Through stories we encounter new ideas, new cultures, even new worlds. We tell stories to our friends to make them laugh, or to help them sympathise with us. We teach children through stories, helping…

Brightest Day: A New Name for the Site!

As of today, this blog is no longer called ‘Teenage Christian’. I’m not planning on bringing in major changes to how I do things with this change of name, but I do want to use it as a way to refocus and to reassess what I’m trying to do with this blog. Originally I was…

Value

What is it that we value? And why is it that we give those things their value? The answers to both those questions will be different for every single person. Sure, there’ll be some overlaps. Most Christians would (I would expect) answer ‘God’ (or ‘Jesus’) to the first question; most people in relationships would presumably…

Another Term Ends…

The curtain closes on my second term at university. I figured that now would be a good time to reflect a bit on what has gone on these last twelve weeks as Nottingham has made the gradual transition from being the strange place in the midlands in which every day brings something new to deal…

Student Blogging: In Their Own Words

Originally posted on quiteirregular:
As part of my continuing series on student blogging, I’m focussing on a particular strand which emerged in the descriptions people sent me of their online writing. Interweaving with the various impulses which they identified behind their writing (to improve their skills, to raise their profile, to share their ideas with…

Home at Last

I’m back home from university for Christmas and it feels a bit strange. I don’t really know what I expected it to feel like, but it feels odd. Not a whole lot has changed around the town (except the addition of a wonderful yellow-brick road on the high street) but it feels weird coming back…

Catching Fire – Film Review

Last night, I went to see the second Hunger Games film, Catching Fire, with my dad (best lads’ night out ever?). I was looking forward to it, partly because I’ve read the books and so knew mostly what to expect, and partly because I’d been told by several people that this film was better than…

A Christmas Carol or Two

The tree is up in the halls dining room. 8 doors on the Cadbury’s advent calendar hang open, their contents mercilessly poached. A small stack of presents sits on top of the wardrobe (where their recipients won’t be able to catch a glimpse of them in a Skype call). All this can only mean one…

Out of the Storm – Stress and Listening to God

As I’m writing this, I’m very stressed. Spending the night with a malfunctioning fire alarm does that to you. But all this comes off the back of one of my most refreshing and relaxing experiences of God since coming to university. It’s frustrating. I got back from small group last night on Cloud 9. I…

Book Review – ‘The Etymologicon’ by Mark Forsyth

In the words of the front cover, this book is a ‘circular stroll through the hidden connections of the English language’. It’s all about words. It’s about origins and meanings and little facts. It’s also the most enjoyable book I’ve read since being at university. Forsyth takes a topic that’s interesting, but ostensibly not terribly…