Matthew’s Jesus: the Jewish King

First impressions are important. They don’t tell the whole story, but it’s hard to move too far away from your initial perception of a new person. It follows that how a character is introduced to you in a book is also incredibly important. You can learn a lot about what the author is trying to…

When Jesus is Challenging

I heard something very interesting recently on a podcast featuring Bible scholar Peter Enns. I want to start this post by paraphrasing something he said that struck me: when we treat the Bible as a message to be proclaimed we expect it to be simple and unified, something that, apart from a couple of corner…

Daily Life (feat. Sofa Sermons)

The observant among you will have noticed that plastered to the top of this post is a video. This video is the first ’60 Second Sermon’ from Lewis, a good friend of mine, as he gets his Sofa Sermons channel up and running. I decided to write this post as a way of engaging with…

God With Us

What do you say about Christmas that hasn’t already been said? Over this Christmas time I’m pretty sure you’re being bombarded with messages from countless different sources, some Christian, some not, about the real meaning of Christmas. Most of those, I’m sure, are good, valuable messages to be told (especially the ones about Jesus!) but…

Christianity Is…Intelligent

This is the final instalment in my Christianity Is… series. If you want to catch up on what I’ve written so far, you can find the introduction here, Christianity Is…Pure here, …Physical here, …Emotional here, and …Purposeful here. This being the final post, the idea of how this topic fits in with the rest has…

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…

Good People, Hell, and What I Actually Believe

“So you think I’m going to hell?” It’s a question that I’ve been asked many times. A loaded question that’s sometimes trying to trap you and to get you to say something outrageous, sometimes asked out of genuine disbelief, and other times asked out of amused curiosity. It’s not uncommon for a question like that…

Some More Christian Music

As many of you may know if you’ve seen other posts I’ve written or if you know me personally, I made a decision a few years ago to only listen to Christian music. I’ve posted blogs before on my reasons for this (Why I Only Listen to Christian Music) and relating to the subject, including…

Is Jesus Perfect?

It’s very hard to know where to start with this blog post. I have to say straight up that I hope you won’t think that I’m being irreverent in looking at the issue that I’m digging up here, because I can tell you now that this whole thing has arisen from reading the Bible and…

Pride – The Sickness In Us All

Pride has this nasty habit of sneaking up on us and wrenching us away from God. Whether or not you believe in the literal truth of Genesis chapters 1 to 3, it is clear from that account that pride played a crucial role in the fall of man. Those who interpret Isaiah 14 as a…