Unlearning Faith

I remember being 15, give or take a year, and walking to school with my best friend. In that 10 minute journey, I remember bombarding him with what I considered to be bulletproof arguments for the existence of God, pulled directly from the first couple of chapters of Lee Strobel’s book, The Case for a…

Christians Need Religion

This is not the first time I have written on the false choice Christians in my circles are told to make, again and again, between ‘religion’ and ‘relationship.’ In 2016 I wrote a similar post in which I argued that this false dichotomy has caused charismatics/evangelical Christians to push away traditional rituals and practices that millions…

What are we reading when we’re reading the Bible?

A number of things that I have listened to and read recently have lead me to ask the question in the title. It’s a big question; one with profound implications for all Christians. So why do the most thoughtful answers seem to be addressed more in academia than in the church? Why talk about about…

Is the Bible a Message?

“We run into trouble when we take the Bible as a message to be preached rather than something to wrestle with.” That (paraphrased) gem from Pete Enns has been stuck in my head for months now, ever since I first heard it on the Liturgists podcast towards the end of last year. In recent weeks,…

Experience and the Bible

I meant for this blog to be part to of my Exploring the Bible two-parter, and when I wrote part 1 I had the intention of writing two different posts on how we interpret the Bible, one focusing on external means and the second on internal means. Since then I’ve heard and thought about some stuff…

Exploring the Bible Part 1

For me, a key part of Christianity is learning more about who God is and how we can be more like him. Theologians have debated for centuries whether knowledge of God comes primarily from internal sources (like reason, or experience), or from external sources (or ‘revelation’; like the Bible, or traditions). This is a very…

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…

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…

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…

The Son Before Jesus

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and…

Guest Post: Responding to Fear

I wanted to share my thoughts on two different fears: fear of things in the world, and fear of our personal future, and how through faith we can try to overcome them. This topic has been on my mind recently both through fears I have had, and talking to a friend about a fear she…

Are We Talking About the Holy Spirit Wrong?

A little while ago I was walking along the Nottingham canal thinking about things and talking to God, and as I prayed I said the words that I have said thousands of times before: ‘Come Holy Spirit’. But for some unknown reason, as soon as I said those words that time, I stopped, and I…