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…

What Christians Can Learn from the Anglo-Saxons & the Romans

A lot has happened since my last post that has kept me from writing another. I’ve started a new job, graduated, and travelled up and down the country a few times. But life is settling back down now, so I thought I really have no excuse not to kick myself back into gear and write…

Christianity Is…Pure

This is the second part in my Christianity Is… series. If you missed the intro, you can find it here. The idea of purity and morality seems to me to be one of the most obvious aspects of Christianity, yet also one of the trickiest to get right. Because of that, I think it’s one…

Strength in Weakness (guest post by Abbie Upton)

Often I find what stops me from acting for God – evangelising, stepping out and serving in a non-familiar area, reaching out to those in need (basically stepping out of my comfort zone) – is thinking I can’t do it. Resting on my weaknesses. I know that God is the strong, all-powerful creator, that He…

‘Your Will Be Done’ – Um…What?

Anyone who knows the Lord’s Prayer knows the line, ‘Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven’. Some of you may also be familiar with Romans 12:2 – ‘Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to…

Christians and Arguing

For some Christians like myself, it can be so tempting to wade into any religious debate we see and give our thoughts and opinions whether people like it or not. I’ve done it in the past, justifying it to myself by thinking that I was doing my bit and educating people about the gospel of…

Greek Philosophy in Christian tradition – The Body

A few weeks ago, my English class were looking at a poem which talked in one of the stanzas about the soul (in the form of a bird) being free of the body, indicating that the body is imperfect, impure and holding back the soul. I said that this is a classic image of some…