Refugees – Blessing or burden?

Thinking back to a conversation I had with two other Christians about the Home Office’s approach to processing asylum claims, I was struck again by how much our perception of the asylum system is shaped by our view of asylum seekers themselves. If I think that asylum seekers are very likely to be fake, justContinue reading “Refugees – Blessing or burden?”

Why attempting to control COVID is not an idolatrous attempt to conquer death

A narrative is emerging from some quarters of the church that measures to deal with the pandemic represent state and societal hubris, a humanistic confidence in our ability to defeat death. If this was the case, then we would be dealing with idolatry. Of course, as Christians we should not be surprised to see evidenceContinue reading “Why attempting to control COVID is not an idolatrous attempt to conquer death”

Is it hubris to believe we can control a virus?

Glen Scrivener thinks it is.  So today I am going to do the risky thing and attempt to disagree with a brilliant mind!  First of all, we need to distinguish between “Can we potentially control a virus.” And “have we been able to control this one” or “will we definitely be able to control it.”Continue reading “Is it hubris to believe we can control a virus?”

Work Matters

I’ve been writing about the importance of rest over the past week or two but we cannot talk about rest without talking about work. It is that point which influenced my last article on the matter.  In that article, I responded to a question about why we do not give enough attention to the partContinue reading “Work Matters”

Return of the King – What is the book of Revelation?

It is self-identified as “prophecy”[1] in other words, it reveals what God has to say to his people. We may also expect it to include predictions about the future as well as a verdict on what God’s people are doing at a specific time. The genre is usually described as “apocalyptic literature.”[2] This is aContinue reading “Return of the King – What is the book of Revelation?”

Isolation and Communion (Part 3)

The Big Picture – Biblical Theology If we are to make wise, Biblical decisions about communion, then we need the big picture. There are two perspectives on this. Biblical Theology which we will look at in this post is all about seeing how the Biblical story of redemption unfolds and different themes develop within it.Continue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 3)”

Isolation and Communion (Part 2)

A Look at the Bible It is important to get back to Scripture and see  what is going on when the supper of bread and wine is first shared and what instructions are given. I think this is a useful opportunity, not just to help us make pragmatic decisions about getting through Coronavirus but toContinue reading “Isolation and Communion (Part 2)”

Summer Is Coming

Summer and Winter Apparently in Game of Thrones, the Stark family have a saying “Winter is Coming.” It is a chill warning of dark and dangerous days ahead.  I have started using the hashtag #SummerIsComing on social media. Why?  Well, it feels very much like we are in the dark nights of winter as weContinue reading “Summer Is Coming”

Getting Away With It

Ecclesiastes 8:10 -9:10 For Starters How do you react when you see someone else getting away with doing wrong? A Look at the Text I What does the Text say? Apparently as a child my grandma was always up to mischief whether it was pinning things to the deacon’s coats so when they stood toContinue reading “Getting Away With It”

Worthy

If you are looking for something to read at the moment, can I recommend “Worthy: Celebrating the value of women.” By Elyse Fitzpatrick and EM Schumacher.  The book traces a Biblical theology of what it means for women to be made in God’s image and part of his amazing salvation story. It the applies thisContinue reading “Worthy”