An Interview with David Gibson

In a first for Brightest Day, I had the fantastic opportunity to interview David Gibson. For this honour I have IVP to thank, who very kindly arranged the opportunity for me to speak to David, and to David himself for taking the time to answer my questions. David is the author of Destiny, an engaging,…

Worship is more than singing

I have a problem. The vast majority of Christian services and events that I go to have at least half an hour of worshipping God through song. But, for years – maybe always – I have struggled with being distracted in these times. It’s not every time the music plays in church, but it’s a…

The Son Before Jesus

“In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and…

The Value of All Humanity

We’re just over a month away from Christmas, the celebration of the day that the Christ was born to Mary in human form. That moment is undoubtedly one of the most significant encounters with God recorded in the Bible or anywhere else in human history, but it is not the only one. In the weeks…

The Significance of Food

What’s the first thing that God is directly quoted as saying to humanity? “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” – Genesis 2:16-17 The story of…

Loving God with Your Mind

For some context to this post, I recommend reading both my post on the way we talk about the Holy Spirit, and my post on arguing about God. You don’t have to have read them to understand what I’m going to talk about, but it might help give you some background as to how my…

Guest Post: Responding to Fear

I wanted to share my thoughts on two different fears: fear of things in the world, and fear of our personal future, and how through faith we can try to overcome them. This topic has been on my mind recently both through fears I have had, and talking to a friend about a fear she…

Are We Talking About the Holy Spirit Wrong?

A little while ago I was walking along the Nottingham canal thinking about things and talking to God, and as I prayed I said the words that I have said thousands of times before: ‘Come Holy Spirit’. But for some unknown reason, as soon as I said those words that time, I stopped, and I…

‘Go’ by Preston Sprinkle – Book Review

“While many Christians say they want to become more like Jesus, the Jesus they’re imagining is largely a modern […] religious and cultural construct.” Preston Sprinkle doesn’t pull any punches in his latest book, Go: Returning Discipleship to the Front Lines of Faith. In a short book that is partly a review of a study…

Guest Post: Making the Most of Free Time

I’ve realised that I am simultaneously both very good and very bad at being unemployed. I’m good in the sense I’ve managed to stretch my cash and food provisions beyond their logical limitations, despite not having a ‘steady’ income to comfortably support myself whilst I volunteer for 2-3 days a week at Trent Vineyard as…

Should We be Afraid of God?

Let’s start by seeing what Jesus had to say on the subject: “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to…