Making Jesus a Priority

What you spend your time doing is a pretty good indication of what matters to you. If you give up your weekday evenings to go to the athletics track and train, then athletics is probably important to you. If you play on a games console day in, day out, then playing computer games is probably…

Christian Music, Authenticity & Worship

This post isn’t intended to be a real drilling down into one area so much as it’s something aimed more broadly at a number of interconnected issues. I was listening to the Bad Christian podcast the other day, which is basically a show where three American guys (one’s a pastor, the other two are involved…

Changing for God

I’ve heard people give a lot of reasons for why they don’t believe in Christianity, or why they don’t think it’s relevant for them. One of the more common ones that I’ve come across is that people think they don’t need God because they’re already a good person. They treat people well. They have morals….

Book Review: ‘A Peculiar Glory’ by John Piper

I want to start this review by saying a big thank you to SPCK for sending me the book to read. I feel very lucky to be in a position where I can be sent books to write about! This particular book caught my eye because of the subheading: ‘How the Christian Scriptures reveal their complete truthfulness’….

The Holy Spirit

Considering his status as one of the three members of the Trinity, equal in power and glory to God the Father and God the Son, it seems to me that the Holy Spirit doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the world today. More so than both of the other two persons of the Trinity, the…

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…

A New Commandment

Most of us know that Jesus told us to love our neighbours as ourselves (Mark 12:31). It’s a common phrase among Christians, being called the second greatest commandment by Jesus (after ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength – Mark 12:30), and even among non-Christians the idea that you…

Choosing to Worship

I would be lying if I said that every time I go to church or a Christian event I actually want to be there and engage. Don’t get me wrong, I love both my churches here in Nottingham and back home, but I just don’t always feel up to it. I’ll be distracted, sometimes for…

A Response to Stephen Fry

I’m sure it won’t surprise you to know that I decided to write this post now because of the recent viral video of Stephen Fry’s views on God. Fry, when asked what he would say to God when he dies, responded passionately, saying that he would say things like, “how dare you?”, and describing God…

The Model of a Leader

1 Samuel is a book of the Bible, found in the section of the Old Testament that contains much of the Bible’s history books, and it can be summarised with the phrase, ‘a tale of two leaders’. From chapter 8, where Israel as a nation asks for a king (despite the warnings of God and…

Questions and Faith

A quality regularly celebrated in the Western world is that of asking questions, whether out of curiosity or scepticism. For example, my dad got a popular science book for Christmas entitled, Question Everything, with the book being structured around questions asked by the scientifically-minded public. Now I know that something I’ve done before on this…

Quick Thoughts: Swords and Ploughshares

One of the more well known Biblical prophecies regarding the end times is found in Isaiah 2, where the prophet writes, “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” This prophecy is undoubtedly about the future peace…