Thoughts on Everyday Theology

Articles exploring the implications of faith

The Problem of Evil

Many have lost their faith, others never had faith, for this reason. It appears as a blatant contradiction at the heart of Christian theology. How can we say that God is good, and that nothing is impossible for him, when so many things happen that no good God would...

The Worthiness of God

At a recent church retreat, we were given the topic "The Worthiness of God" and asked to write a short reflection. I decided to write from a philosophical point of view. The Bible reference at the end is Paul quoting a Greek poet. Slowly, slowly I gain consciousness,...

The Church Universal

This Christmas eve, I went to Brecon Cathedral for Christmas carols with my wife and her family. This is my second year joining the family in this sacred tradition. As usual, we first went to the Castle Hotel and had roast dinner (yum) with coffee and tea for the...

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,...

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