Thoughts on Everyday Theology

Articles exploring the implications of faith

Fasting in an Age of Indulgence

“And when you fast…” - Matt 6:16 If a 1st century Christian could enter a time-machine and jump into the 21st century, what would they think about Western Christians today? What one thing would strike them the most? I suspect that they would be shocked at how little...

Reverence: A High Call for Low Church

Like many evangelicals, I used to take pride in the decorative simplicity of my church. If we are to worship in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24), then why get carried away with ornate buildings, priestly garments, and religious imagery? I’m sure I said a number of times,...

Church Unity, What?

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul urges Christians to be “eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace,” because “there is one body and one Spirit.” Across his letters, he makes it clear that believers together make up Christ’s body on earth, with...

A People Made at the Table

Two years ago our family and four friends decided to move into the same house together. If this sounds a bit ridiculous, I can assure you, it is. We aimed to pray and offer hospitality to friends, colleagues, coworkers, rich and poor, young and old, gay and straight...

An embodied God?

Can we meet God in our bodies? This question seems strange and yet it is implied in almost everything we do in our Christian life: prayer, worship, fellowship and communion. If we answer “yes” then we need to explain “how”. If we answer “no” then we have to explain...

The Virtue of Being Single

"The unmarried man is anxious about the affairs of the Lord, how to please the Lord; but the married man is anxious about the affairs of the world, how to please his wife, and his interests are divided." (1 Cor 7:32-34) “There are eunuchs who have been so from birth,...

God in Three Persons?

It’s 12:30 on a Sunday morning, and the organ has just teed up the closing hymn. Lunch is eminent; one song to go. With a low, hungry growl, you peel yourself up from the pew, and begin to sing: ‘Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty, Early in the morning my song shall...

Worship in Spirit and Truth

‘God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.’ (John 4:24) The question of how we ought to worship has given rise to bitter conflict in the body of Christ. So well-known is the controversy that it has its own name: ‘worship wars’. Moderns...

What is God?

What is God? What do we mean by the word “God”? Is it a personal name, like “Jim,” or the name of a species, like “sheep,” or the name of a universal principle, like “justice”? This is the most basic question in theology. Everything else we believe is based on our...

The Significance of the Virgin Birth

A high school student recently asked this question: What’s the point of the virgin birth? It doesn’t really add anything to the story. Everything could have happened as it did. There just doesn’t seem to be a point. And wasn’t the point that Jesus came to earth as a...

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