Making Jesus a Priority

What you spend your time doing is a pretty good indication of what matters to you. If you give up your weekday evenings to go to the athletics track and train, then athletics is probably important to you. If you play on a games console day in, day out, then playing computer games is probably…

Christian Music, Authenticity & Worship

This post isn’t intended to be a real drilling down into one area so much as it’s something aimed more broadly at a number of interconnected issues. I was listening to the Bad Christian podcast the other day, which is basically a show where three American guys (one’s a pastor, the other two are involved…

Results Oriented Thinking (And Why It’s Bad)

It’s not often that I write posts inspired by a gaming podcast (I don’t think I’ve ever done it before),  but the crossover between what I’ve heard on one particular podcast, Limited Resources, and something that was said at church today on my Discipleship Year (by my housemate, Ed, no less), was too obvious to…

So Much More to Learn

Something that I love about being a Christian is the potential to keep learning and to keep seeing new things. The idea that Christianity is a closed book – an intellectual dead end – has never carried much weight with me. Those of you who have followed my blog for a little while will have…

Changing for God

I’ve heard people give a lot of reasons for why they don’t believe in Christianity, or why they don’t think it’s relevant for them. One of the more common ones that I’ve come across is that people think they don’t need God because they’re already a good person. They treat people well. They have morals….

Arguing About God

One of the things that characterised my time at secondary school was arguments about the existence of God, and whether or not I was right to hold a Christian faith. I won’t say that these arguments were unproductive, because I do know that people were affected by them and by the simple fact that I stood…

My Year Ahead: Engagement, DY & Impression

Every now and then I like to write about what’s going on in my life so that you get an idea of where I’m coming from, and the experiences that are shaping the thoughts that go into my other post. The last update I gave you was back in May, when I’d just sat the…

Why did God Ask Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?

Disclaimer: I’m not a theologian. The stuff that I’m going to write about here is theological in nature, but it’s not an academic study. This is a topic that I know a lot could be written about, but this post is simply the response that I have as a Christian to reading certain parts of…

Exploring Otherness: Inhuman Minds in ‘Children of Time’

As a writer with an interest in fantasy and sci-fi, something that I occasionally like to ponder is what a novel about a world with nothing recognisably human in it would look like. Would it even be possible to write a book like that – where everything is so far removed from our experience of…

Hope

Paul talks about three things that are central to what Christian faith should look like: faith, hope and love. Pages and pages of writing could be devoted to any one of these three, but I want to spend a little bit of time looking at hope, which I feel is perhaps the easiest to skip…

4 Random Things – Sermons, Games & More

Every now and then I do posts that cover a variety of topics, and this is another one of those. The following four topics are all things that I want to share some thoughts on, but I don’t have enough material to flesh out a whole post. First off I’m going to talk about a…