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…

Quick Thoughts: Swords and Ploughshares

One of the more well known Biblical prophecies regarding the end times is found in Isaiah 2, where the prophet writes, “He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” This prophecy is undoubtedly about the future peace…

Ancient Religions – Why We Should Care

I may study English, but that doesn’t stop me having a big interest in the mythology and folklore of ancient cultures, including our own. In fact, studying English facilitates some parts of it, as it allows me to study Viking literature and links to the classical religion of Greece and Rome in many ways. My…

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…

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…

The Opium of the People

Karl Marx once said that religion is the ‘opium of the people’, something designed to keep the general population happy with things like, “it doesn’t matter what you’re suffering now, because it’ll all be fine in heaven”. It’s a sentiment that still does the rounds in various forms today. Even without the Marxist bent to…

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…

Agnostic Faith

Through my years in school and my time at university I’ve come into contact with people who have all sorts of perspectives on God and faith, but the people that I find it hardest to engage with, if I’m being honest, aren’t militant atheists or whatever, they’re actually agnostics. As you’ll hopefully see as you read…

What’s So Great About the Bible?

The Bible is without a doubt the most important book (well, collection of books) that a Christian, or someone interested in Christianity, can ever read. Bar nothing. However literally you choose to interpret it, and this isn’t the place to go into that now, the fact is that the writers of the words on those…

Heaven is a Place on Earth

How many times do you see Heaven depicted as a place in the clouds that your angelic soul wafts up to when you die? I know for me, the answer is a lot. And it’s not just in cartoons and parodies that you see that sort of image, it’s an image that’s appeared in pop-culture…

Brightest Day: A New Name for the Site!

As of today, this blog is no longer called ‘Teenage Christian’. I’m not planning on bringing in major changes to how I do things with this change of name, but I do want to use it as a way to refocus and to reassess what I’m trying to do with this blog. Originally I was…