Meditation and the Bible

For long stretches of my Christian life, the Bible has seemed dry and inaccessible. Reading it has felt like a chore, something that I have done out of habit (to ‘check off the list’, as it were), or something that I haven’t done at all. There have been patches that I have been enthusiastic about…

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,…

Alternative Readings of the Prodigal Son

The parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) is one of the cornerstones of Western Christianity, a classic story known by millions, helping us to appreciate the truth about God’s grace. There really couldn’t be a better passage to use to illustrate how diverse interpretations of the Bible can be. To start with, I’ll paraphrase…

5 Podcasts I Love

Most people close to me have probably heard me spouting off about something or other I heard on a podcast. I got into podcasts originally because I loved listening to tabletop gaming shows while I was doing data entry work, and then slowly moved away from them to more faith-related shows that I listen to…

Unbound: Shaking Up Publishing

It’s funny when things connect. Okay, maybe I’m slightly influenced by the fact that I’ve just watched the finale of season 1 of Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, but sometimes things in life marry up nicely. Earlier this week, I found out that Simon Spanton, former associate publisher of Orion books, has joined crowdfunding publisher…

Engaging with New Testament rhetoric in ‘Catching the Wave’

I’ll be honest, Tim MacBride’s Catching the Wave was sitting unopened on my bookshelf for months after IVP first sent it to me to read and review. I knew I’d get round to it at some point, but there was always something I’d read instead. After all, I thought, what use can a book helping…

Blogs, Books and a Lot of Writing: Interview with Steven Hardy

For this post, I’m excited to bring you an interview with a very good friend of mine, Steven Hardy. Over the past year, Steven has written his first book, and set up a new blog. I took the opportunity to ask him a few questions… Let’s start with a bit about yourself for readers that…

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…

A Radical Reading of the Cross in ‘The Divine Magician’

The Divine Magician (TDM), a book by philosopher and theologian Peter Rollins, was my first read of 2017, and it was a great start. Rollins, a proponent of Radical Theology and someone who has influenced the likes of Rob Bell, uses the book as a way to talk about his radical reading of the crucifixion…

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…