Welcome to the Show

Last night, my church in Nottingham hosted a big evangelistic event, centred on a half an hour talk from the guest speaker, J. John. During the time of worship before the sermon, it struck me that this was not normal church. The music was taken up a notch. The songs were particularly catchy. This was…

Surprises from the Powerhouses of Horror

Yes, today’s post is about Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I’m not going to go into deep analyses or anything, but I’ll say a bit about how each one surprised me, and reflect a little from my Christian perspective. Let’s start with Frankenstein, a book I wrote half of my A Level coursework…

Politics and Me

When it comes to UK politics I often find that, at best, I’m apathetic and, at worst, I’m very pessimistic about the whole thing. Take, for example, the views of Russell Brand that he expressed passionately in a recent interview with Jeremy Paxman (link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YR4CseY9pk&sns=fb). He argues that we need a change, that the…

Bible Verses: Questions and Challenges

Today’s blog post is a little different from usual. Rather than taking a topic and doing my best to think around it, like I normally do, I’m going to give you a selection of Bible verses that I personally find difficult or challenging and ask questions. They are questions that I ask myself, questions that,…

Halloween

This is a short post explaining my position on Halloween. It has not been written to judge anyone else, but just for me to talk a little bit about my opinion. Also, I think you’ll agree that it’s pretty topical right now. I don’t want this post to be massively long, so I’m not going…

God and Fantasy

As a reader and writer of the fantasy genre, I often find myself faced with questions of religion. As a reader, you are often presented with alternate pantheons and belief systems, and to be honest, it’s rare that that sort of thing bothers me; I normally just accept that those gods or beliefs are a…

Defining Ourselves

I’m a big fan of superhero stuff: movies, comics – mostly Marvel with a small amount of DC on the side. I’m also a Christian, and as you can imagine, that’s a pretty big deal for me. Between these two things, the superhero genre and Christianity, there are a surprising number of crossovers, and it…

Is Jesus Perfect?

It’s very hard to know where to start with this blog post. I have to say straight up that I hope you won’t think that I’m being irreverent in looking at the issue that I’m digging up here, because I can tell you now that this whole thing has arisen from reading the Bible and…

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bible study post, so I thought that it was high time I redressed that balance. The passage I want to look at is a short paragraph at the start of John 14: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me….

It’s Not What You Know…

…It’s who you know. That line is often said, sometimes cynically, of things like getting a job. The implications are that it doesn’t matter how skilled or intelligent you are, what matters is that you know someone in a good position who can get you employed. That may well be the most common usage, but…

Y.A.L.F. (You Actually Live Forever)

Time is a precious commodity. We only have so much of it, and we have to be able to use it well. The problem is, there are myriad ideas of what using time well looks like. Every worldview, every religion and every life philosophy will have something to say on how to live your life…