Feb 22 2023
Judging // DiscerningReading Time: 9 minutes
It seems to me that it has become increasingly difficult to speak into many issues or situations that the church faces today; not because the Bible is silent, not because the church doesn’t have or hasn’t held a historical position on a matter, and not because we, as Christians, don’t know what we ought to be doing. Rather, we are feeling pressed into silence, in many instances, simply on the basis of one little verse…
Aug 07 2022
Forgiveness Is A Tough GigReading Time: 7 minutes
“He that cannot forgive others, breaks the bridge over which he himself must pass.” | George Herbert
They say, ‘write about what you know’. Well, here’s what I know: forgiveness is hard.
Like, really hard.
Forgiveness coexists in the same universe as injustice, loss, and the pain of deep physical, emotional or spiritual wounds. The need for forgiveness only exists because of the destructive impact sin has in our world and all the terrible ways in which humans…
Jul 16 2022
Beyond The PaleReading Time: 9 minutes
I recently wrote about my separation from the religious community I grew up in and the overwhelming response to my article was both encouraging and thought-provoking.
Many people wrote to me, both publicly and privately, to let me know that the article had deeply resonated with them. They expressed that they, too, have had many questions over the years, wrestling with inconsistencies while attempting to find their place in a system they secretly suspected they didn’t…
Feb 24 2022
John Writes A LetterReading Time: 8 minutes
“God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us. This way, love has the run of the house, becomes at home and mature in us, so that we’re free of worry on Judgment Day – our standing in the world is identical with Christ’s. There is no room in love for fear. Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a…
Dec 09 2021
LeavingReading Time: 8 minutes
Leaving is never because of just one thing. Not really.
It’s the result of a thousand, inconsequential one things that all converge in a single moment of sudden, irreconcilable difference.
For me, the eventual leaving of the religious community I grew up in began as a tiny question fluttering at the back of my mind.
Back then, I’d never met a question I didn’t want to take apart, examine, rearrange and then carefully reassemble, perfectly ordered, and satisfactorily…
Aug 16 2021
Fidelity In FriendshipReading Time: 6 minutes
“Always seek to do good to one another and to everyone.” | Thessalonians 5:15, ESV
It’s a word perhaps more likely to be used in the context of its absence rather than its presence. Regrettably, it often comes to our attention through it’s lack; infidelity.
While we tend to think of fidelity as describing physical faithfulness in committed, intimate relationships, it’s not just restricted to these.
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“Always seek to do good…
Jun 30 2021
The War On GenderReading Time: 8 minutes
There’s a troubling trend arising in our postmodern age, an era that has also given rise to ‘post-truth’. New information platforms, social upheaval and the overabundance of global communication networks are giving this idea traction and we’re seeing it take root and grow, with potentially devastating consequences.
This is the generation that has unequivocally waged war on ‘gender’*.
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There’s a troubling trend arising in our postmodern age, an era that…
Jun 21 2021
New BeginningsReading Time: 6 minutes
God is all about new beginnings. We see the story of humanity starting out in Genesis with a new beginning; light and order being formed out of darkness and chaos.
And we see this theme of light and order echoed in the new beginning that Christians find in Jesus. In 2 Corinthians 5:17, Paul the Apostle confirms that “if anyone is in Christ, they have become a new person, a ‘new creation’. The old life is…
Jun 15 2021
Regeneration + The Holy SpiritReading Time: 9 minutes
“Though outwardly we are wasting away, inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” | 2 Corinthians 4:16, NIV
There can be a tendency to reduce the work of the gospel to simply to a culture of ‘making us nice’. That is to say, that being a Christian equates to a program of basic self-improvement. Yet there are plenty of nice people who aren’t Christians; people who do good things for others without having Jesus in…
Apr 06 2021
David’s Story: God Sees The Heart Of UsReading Time: 4 minutes
David, the shepherd boy-turned-king and famous author of the Psalms, is perhaps one of the most complex characters in the Bible. At times, he displays examples of great faith, leadership and spirituality. Yet, these admirable qualities are often starkly contrasted against the deplorable choices and wicked actions for which he was responsible.
How can God have cause to say of him “I have found David, the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, who…