Should Christians Celebrate Advent?

Should Christians Celebrate Advent?

The four weeks leading up to Christmas are called Advent, and are part of the traditional Christian calendar known as the ‘liturgical calendar’. The liturgical calendar is full of dates when different parts of the Christian story are remembered: Easter and Holy Week,...
Desiring and Knowing God

Desiring and Knowing God

Editor’s Preface: My friend Julian’s PhD research asked: ‘Can our desire for God tell us anything – all by itself, without the Bible – about who God is?’ I asked Julian to summarise what he learned in this blog post. I hope you find it interesting!...
The Worthiness of God

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...
The Church Universal

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...
Church Unity, What?

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...
What is God?

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...