I don’t remember when I stopped believing in Santa Claus. In fact, I don’t remember when I ever believed. I think if I did, the penny had already dropped by the time I was maybe 7 years old and my Grandad came beaming into the room one Yuletide wearing a red dressing gown stuffed with … More The Santa Myth
Isn’t it quite something That something came from nothing? That nothing could do something To make it all appear! But let me tell you something: Nothing can do nothing! We all have come from something – Ain’t that a quaint idea? So lay the heavy burden Of proof upon the person Who in some strange … More Nothing (A poem)
I’ve just finished listening to the latest edition of Unbelievable, on the above subject. Representing the ‘Yes’ campaign, Joseph Cummings. ‘No’, Nabeel Qureshi. This was definitely one of the best recent episodes; the dialogue was respectful and enjoyable. The conversation hovered around the issue of what we would say about Judaism for longer than I liked. (The … More Do Christians and Muslims worship the same God?
“I’m really looking forward to pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head. “That’s what Romans 12 says I’m going to do. (It’s in the New Testament, you know.) Even after he’s been oppressing me, if he’s hungry I’m going to feed him, and if he’s thirsty I’m going to give him a drink, because the Bible … More Pouring burning coals on my enemy’s head!
A gift for all my readers (all three of you). While not strictly about Christmas, this poem concerns something I have been reflecting on quite deeply for a while and may blog about (if I have time) next year. In the meantime, enjoy, and see what it speaks to you about. I give you: The … More The Three Strangers
“Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name, or His son’s name? Surely you know!” This was the tantalising, prophetic musing of a man called Agur (Proverbs 30:4). … More YHWH and Yeshua
We seem to have a tendency in modern worship songs to want to write simple statements like “God, you’re so good,” or “Your love is so vast” or something – statements that try to capture how big and how wonderful this love of our God is as we’ve discovered it. Often though, if you’re anything like … More Singing “Our God reigns” in a world of genocide
This week Melvyn Bragg’s show on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time discussed The Trinity. If you’re anything like me and you enjoy a bit of history and theology, this is one not to miss. It offers a great historical introduction to the topic but advances quite far (as far as it can in 45 minutes) down … More The Trinity
Well, if NT Wright’s life work has taken a step nearer completion with the publication of Volume 4 of his dogmatics/institutes/magnum opus on Jesus, Paul and the New Testament, my life’s work has just been expanded to encompass trying to read the thing. This latest edition heaves its way in at nearly 1700 pages, according to … More Tom Wright and the many volumes of God
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