A Little Challenge

For today’s post I want to do something a little different to normal. Below is a section of the Bible from Luke’s gospel that contains some of Jesus’ teachings on love and forgiveness. I’m not going to try and interpret those teachings except to say that recently I’ve found them really challenging, and I felt…

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…

God’s Voice in Fiction – an Example

For something that is, in reality, so important, and contains such a valuable truth, it’s frustrating for me that I so often find myself desensitised to, or unappreciative of, the message and actions of Jesus. I don’t know whether it’s because the story has become overly familiar over twenty years of hearing it, or whether…

Children’s Stories

Growing up as a Christian, for me, was fantastic. My faith is still going strong, and who I am today has been shaped by the things that I experienced and was taught as a child in church. I went to Sunday School every week, and at Sunday school I learnt Bible verses (most of which,…

Highs and Lows

Being a Christian isn’t always the easiest thing in the world, even here in the West, where we face nothing like the trials our brothers and sisters in other parts of the world are facing. It’s not just about feeling like a Christian, whatever that means, it’s fundamentally about being given a new status as…

Engaging with Fantasy

Sometimes when I read I don’t really want to have to think about what I’m reading. I’m perfectly happy for the author to do all the work for me and to just follow along with whatever story they’re telling. At other times, however, I like to take a bit more of an engaged role with…

3 Book Reviews (Part 2) – Busyness, Grace and the Environment

Last week I wrote a post with three reviews of Christian books that I’ve been reading since Easter with the promise of another post to follow, so here it is! I’ll dive straight in with three more quick-fire book reviews. Crazy Busy by Kevin DeYoung DeYoung never claims that this book is meant to be…

Marvel Films: Ultron and Phase 3

I should probably start this post with yet another apology for my recent radio silence – the funny thing is that since finishing my exam and coursework period I probably have less time to write blog posts than I did during it! I’ve also suffered from a bit of a lack of inspiration recently (any…

Book Review: ‘Hyperion’ by Dan Simmons

There are some who treat science-fiction and fantasy books like Scylla and Charybdis, two monsters in a vast sea of literature that will consume you if you don’t keep well away from them. It’s common to find them bundled together and thrown out with the bath water, derided as escapist, low in quality, and the…

How to Get Into Marvel Comics – Crossovers

This is the second part of the short series I’m doing on finding your way into Marvel comics. In the first part, the introduction, I briefly talked about the difficulties you can face in getting started, and I outlined a very, very basic history of the Marvel universe, finishing with an outline of three universe…

(Super)Human (In)Vulnerability

This isn’t just a post about superheroes, this is a post about an issue that is posed by superhero media, and that is the issue of human strength. The idea of the title is that you can remove or keep the words in the brackets as you wish and it still describes what I’m talking…

An Idea for Bible Reading

I’ve never written a post like this before, where I’ve actually offered a suggestion for something you could try in your prayer life, but I’ve been inspired in the last couple of days to give this particular exercise a go, and if it helps me then it might be that some of you find it…