Theology isn’t scary

Here’s a question that stumps me: why is theology seen as scary or dangerous in some parts of Christian culture? I’ve genuinely heard the word said in exaggerated whispers, or speakers warning congregations that they’re about to embark on a more ‘theological’ section of the sermon. The implication is pretty clear: theology is beyond the…

A Radical Reading of the Cross in ‘The Divine Magician’

The Divine Magician (TDM), a book by philosopher and theologian Peter Rollins, was my first read of 2017, and it was a great start. Rollins, a proponent of Radical Theology and someone who has influenced the likes of Rob Bell, uses the book as a way to talk about his radical reading of the crucifixion…

The Holy Spirit

Considering his status as one of the three members of the Trinity, equal in power and glory to God the Father and God the Son, it seems to me that the Holy Spirit doesn’t get nearly enough attention in the world today. More so than both of the other two persons of the Trinity, the…

Something for the New Year

Some time in the second half of the eighth century before Christ a man called Micah received a message from God. For the people of Israel it was a double-edged sword: a stern warning and hope for the future. It is within this short book that we can find one of the simplest and most…

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

It’s been a while since I’ve done a Bible study post, so I thought that it was high time I redressed that balance. The passage I want to look at is a short paragraph at the start of John 14: “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me….

Universalism, Hell, Love and Justice

Universalism: the theological doctrine that all people will eventually be saved. It’s an attractive belief. Surely, if God is all-loving and all-powerful, he wouldn’t consign any of his creations to eternal damnation amongst frolicking devils in a realm of fire and brimstone! This is the sort of thinking that seems to have filtered down into…

The Bible: Gory, Tough, Real

It’s not hard to find people on the Internet and in the media arguing that the Bible is a horrible, violent book, even going so far as to call it evil. These people use the space they have through whatever outlet to argue their case passionately and forcefully. Well, now I want to use the…

Speak Up, God

Many of us who’ve been around the church for a few years will probably have heard a number of accounts of people hearing the audible voice of God, or getting a strong sense of what to say to another person (often leading to that other person’s healing/salvation/healing and salvation). These stories are encouraging to us,…

The God We See

Though all Christians worship the same God, that doesn’t mean that we all have the same view of God. I believe that every Christian has a unique relationship with God, and due to that (as well as personality/upbringing factors) the way that each of us sees God will be slightly different. Sometimes, people will have…

Quick Thoughts: Goodness and Humility

It is my belief that all true goodness comes from God. This goodness is not always what the world considers ‘good’. This goodness manifests itself in a human as a desire to serve and give glory to God. When I talk about ‘good’, I don’t mean something that’s a little better than ‘okay’ and a…

A Response to ‘Evolution and Christianity?’ by Adam Hellyer

Earlier this week,  I posted ‘Evolution and Christianity?’ (which can be read here: https://bengarry.wordpress.com/2013/05/07/evolution-and-christianity/). This post, in summary, was an attempt at reconciling theology and evolutionary science by the particle physicist and Anglican priest John Polkinghorne. The post prompted my friend Adam Hellyer (Twitter: @AdamHellyer) to write this response as a comment. I thought that…