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…

What Christians can learn from the Romans

This last Monday I was in Pompeii, the Roman town whose occupants were famously wiped out by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79AD. There are countless interesting things in this well-preserved ancient town, but something that struck me on reflection was the recognition of the gods in pretty much everything. The main forum (town centre…

Religion or Relationship?

This post is something that I’ve been thinking about for a little while, but haven’t really had in my mind enough to feel the need to write down until today. The trigger was this excellent article highlighting the positive side of traditionally ‘religious’ practices. Fr. Stewart, who wrote the article, acknowledged the need for a…

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…

The Challenge of Christianity

Following on from my response to Stephen Fry earlier in the week and a few conversations I’ve had both before and since then, I thought that now might be a good time to share my thoughts on what I consider to be the fundamental challenge of Christianity. The challenge can be put something like this:…

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…

Wasted Church

What’s the point of going to church? Is it to sing songs, rate the sermon out of ten and then eat biscuits whilst chatting to people you’ve known for ages about what you did on Saturday? No. Well considering that none of those things actually constitute the point of going to church it’s amazing how…

Uni Thoughts

If I’ve learnt one thing from this term just gone at university it’s that if I’m going to see anything worthwhile happen I have to be able to trust God to do it. It’s a message that I’ve heard countless times in the past, and have continued to hear countless times over the term, that…

Children of the Promise

Recently it’s been impressed on me that if, as a Christian, I want to see God doing stuff and recognise His work more, then I need to be more serious about the Bible. Not that I didn’t take it seriously, but if I’m being honest, it wasn’t necessarily the priority that it needed to be….

Religion – A Book Sealed

“Religion Christless, Godless – a book sealed.” Those were the words of famous atheist and romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, a damning assessment of the state of English Christianity in a poem, England 1819, that was very much a damning assessment of English society as a whole. His words, highlighting the corruption and impotency in…