‘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…

The Value of All Humanity

We’re just over a month away from Christmas, the celebration of the day that the Christ was born to Mary in human form. That moment is undoubtedly one of the most significant encounters with God recorded in the Bible or anywhere else in human history, but it is not the only one. In the weeks…

Loving God with Your Mind

For some context to this post, I recommend reading both my post on the way we talk about the Holy Spirit, and my post on arguing about God. You don’t have to have read them to understand what I’m going to talk about, but it might help give you some background as to how my…

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…

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…

Why did God Ask Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?

Disclaimer: I’m not a theologian. The stuff that I’m going to write about here is theological in nature, but it’s not an academic study. This is a topic that I know a lot could be written about, but this post is simply the response that I have as a Christian to reading certain parts of…

Wonder

Last night I went to see Star Trek: Beyond with Dad, and thoroughly enjoyed it. There was one thing in particular that strikes me when I think about the film, and that is the sense of wonder that it inspires. The latest film in the franchise, which has exploration and discovery at its heart, featured…

humAnIty

What makes us human? There has been a storm surrounding AlphaGo’s victory over Lee Sedol at the ancient board game Go, and that question lies at the heart of it. An artificial intelligence conquering Go is such a milestone simply because the game cannot be cracked through sheer calculating power. Unlike chess, where the number…

Rest

Ironically, I’ve decided to write this post in the middle of what is probably my busiest week in a while. But I’ve chosen to write this now because I enjoy writing for the blog, and in this post I want to talk about three kinds of rest that we need, one of which is resting…

We Worship the Same God, Right?

This post is about a program I half-watched on Sunday evening, as I was reading: ‘My Mediterranean, with Adrian Chiles’. It was the first in a new BBC2 series that followers the presented on a journey round the Mediterranean. Nothing special, you might think. The thing that the show’s title doesn’t tell you, however, is…