Since the late 19th century, The Church has been held hostage to one of the most theologically facile songs that has ever been sung during a service. All of the accusations of “pie in the sky when you die” and a “bearded man in the sky” can be found in this universal favourite. When combined
As we’ve progressed through this series on ‘identity’, we’ve turned increasingly towards the concept of ‘Christian identity’. How do we view ourselves as ‘Christians’ within a Christian community? As Christians, the world is viewed in light of our relationship with God. This naturally affects the relationship people have with other people who also have a
When I was younger there was a church I used to walk past every day in the center of town. It was called St Thomas’ Church. And as a small boy what an impressive place it was. There were huge vertical lines that were accentuated by the spacing of ornately carved pillars. Each window consisted
There is an inherent inner tension that consumes many followers of the way. So many feel the conviction in their beliefs about Jesus but are unsure of how to articulate them to a quizzical world. Surely there must be an easy way to justify our deeply held beliefs? It must be possible to reduce the
“Lord, when was it that we saw you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?” That is just a little excerpt from next Sunday’s reading, a taster if you will. How often do we look for examples of justice and mercy to illustrate the
It doesn’t matter what perspective you come from, if you are in any way involved with Christianity you will probably have an opinion about Rob Bell. This past weekend at Greenbelt was buzzing with talk of the man who would take to main stage on Saturday morning. People were intrigued by what he was going to say or
One of the most interesting things I have watch recently is Secrets of the Superbrands – Technology. I blogged about it briefly when it came out as the view of Apple as a religious phenomenon was fascinating. However, the programme raised a different question with me related to the other guys. The uncool guys. The geeky
I spotted this on a door I just passed.
I have just had a guest blog published at The Big Bible Project. I explore some of the potential theological ghettos that social networking may lead to.