Over the years I’ve been involved in some evangelical work across the country – reaching out through work in the community and on the streets especially in York (where I studied between 2004 and 2007) and London (where I have lived the rest of the time); I’ve also done bits overseas, notably in Norway. I’ve … More Salvation: the (really) big picture
First of all, welcome to the new look site. Of course, it’s just another theme from WordPress. I like ’em. Secondly, I have a final exam tomorrow for New Testament Greek, which I have been learning for a year. It is incredible, fascinating, illuminating, to even discover some of the basics of the language and … More I’ve encountered the Original Greek, but he just helped me continue the journey
I often feel that these thoughts I have ought to be properly expanded in a much more formal way but this is going to have to remain a ‘thought’ for now, and we could even throw it open for feedback. Reflecting as I have been on the various arguments that often run to and fro … More Relational versus Functional approaches to the Bible, Theology, and God
All of us face difficulty at one time or another. It takes lots of forms: illness, financial difficulty, busyness, relational breakdown – and often a combination of these adds to the overall stress. This is true for everybody. There is no one who gets scott free of this! We have all wished from time to … More Dealing with difficulty in a transformed life
In Ephesians 1 (well and 2 & 3…and in fact the whole letter) Paul presents a stunning picture of the cosmic reign of Christ and how it plays out into history now. We find in this letter some of the most amazing statements of His rule and authority, stemming from what He has done for … More “All things under His feet” – what does this look like?
The world ended, recently. Well, it was supposed to, anyway. In fact if you hadn’t heard, you must have had your head buried in the sand a couple of weeks ago, when secular and religious media agencies splashed the news around that 89-year-old Harold Camping in the States had proclaimed that May 21st 2011 was … More The rapture, eschatology, and why we don’t talk about it so much
Stuart Townend has written a number of great hymns which have gained widespread usage across the church in the last few years. One of them is called “How deep the Father’s love for us” which speaks of the cross and the power of it for us. It’s a good song, but one that a number … More Did the Father turn His face away?
I’ve been reflecting lately on the nature of revelation, and the ways in which God speaks to us, with one particular focus: the element of mystery. Mystery is a Biblical idea and word. The book of Daniel features the idea fairly prominently in speaking more generally of the subject of revelation and prophecy. We find … More Pressing into the mystery
What is the gospel? Take your average Christian out of the average evangelical church in the nation today (I don’t suppose the non-evangelical ones would be too bothered about being kept out of the way for this one) and they might say something like: the good news of Jesus Christ; the story of Jesus’ life; … More What is the gospel?
This isn’t a developed thought, but in thinking about the fact that Jesus managed to pretty much rock the world with just three years’ ministry, I got thinking about what we ought to do if we wanna change the world too. I guess there’s a number of things, but one thing He did primarily, was … More Turning the world upside-down