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…

‘Revelations of Divine Love’ by Julian of Norwich

As you’ll know if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time, I receive books from the very generous SPCK every now and then that I can read and review. One such book, that I actually received quite a while ago now, was Revelations of Divine Love, by a Christian mystic called Julian…

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…

We’re All Living in a Simulation

The Simulation Hypothesis is an idea that has gained a lot of publicity in the latter half of 2016, despite having origins at least as early as 2003. Its cause is bolstered by high profile voices like those of Neil deGrasse Tyson and Elon Musk, with outlets like the Guardian and Scientific American covering their…

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…

Guest Post: Everything Comes Back to God

When I spoke to Ben about writing a post for his blog, I asked him if there was anything specific he’d like to hear from me. He suggested that maybe it was worth thinking about what insights I might be able to bring that he might not be able to – I imagine he meant…

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…

So Much More to Learn

Something that I love about being a Christian is the potential to keep learning and to keep seeing new things. The idea that Christianity is a closed book – an intellectual dead end – has never carried much weight with me. Those of you who have followed my blog for a little while will have…

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….

Arguing About God

One of the things that characterised my time at secondary school was arguments about the existence of God, and whether or not I was right to hold a Christian faith. I won’t say that these arguments were unproductive, because I do know that people were affected by them and by the simple fact that I stood…