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…

The Son Before Jesus

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and…

The Significance of Food

What’s the first thing that God is directly quoted as saying to humanity? “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 The story of…

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…

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…

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…

Results Oriented Thinking (And Why It’s Bad)

It’s not often that I write posts inspired by a gaming podcast (I don’t think I’ve ever done it before),  but the crossover between what I’ve heard on one particular podcast, Limited Resources, and something that was said at church today on my Discipleship Year (by my housemate, Ed, no less), was too obvious to…

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….

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…

BREXIT: Loving Through Division

This morning, Britain voted to leave the European Union. I was one of the 48% who voted to remain, and, like pretty much everyone else who voted that way, was devastated to see the news this morning. But this is not a post about the politics of the decision, or its financial consequences or anything…

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…