I have spent the last month with a scarf close at hand and attempting to cover my head each time I pray. My hope was to feel more reverential and in awe of God, but I’m afraid I can’t …
I am supremely grateful that I grew up in a church that introduced me to Jesus as a friend. From … More
My recent articles about the Oxymoronic God have been compiled into a small book now available to buy from Amazon. … More
It was an absolute privilege to interview Anju for my forthcoming book, ‘Come with me to Kathmandu: 12 powerful stories … More
If it were up to me, I would give myself a discount on concert tickets. I am so short and always find myself standing behind someone tall. I don’t get the same experience at concerts that others do. I wouldn’t say that I feel scared in a crowd, but there’s definitely a feeling of claustrophobia, and I know of other people my height who avoid crowds altogether.
What is it like to be a sheep?
Imagine you’re an artist, and you’ve spent the last few years completing your masterpiece. You’re delighted with it, it is your best work, and as you gaze at it, you know the countless hours you spent on it were worth it.
God in human form is not unique to Christianity. Other religions celebrate gods who take on mortality. Yet, in these stories, the gods become human to maximise their physicality.
God’s always doing something new; it’s his habit. He made seven hundred and six thousand eyeballs today, each of them unique, and those are just the human ones.
This attribute of God floors me.
Other Christians seem to be carrying on as usual. In church, people seem to have no problem worshipping God. Yet, … More
The Suffering Saviour contains a series of sermons about The Passion of Christ, which were Jesus’ last weeks on earth. … More
We all have that Christian friend, the one who attributes the most shallow of blessings to God’s provision. “Just look … More
‘The living sacrifice’, that’s Christ. Why is it necessary that Christ is both living and a sacrifice?
‘A living sacrifice’, that’s us. Why do we need to become living sacrifices?
There is heaps of theology out there, in books, courses, articles and videos about Christ as the Servant King. Most of the material focuses on chapters 40 to 55 in the book of Isaiah in the Bible. Consequently, when I came to write this post, I wondered what contribution I could make to a topic that has been written about so much already.
To be is better than to do; you taught me that, Lord. Though the lesson was hard, I’m thankful.Fruit comes … More
Can you see the large branch stuck between the trunks of the tree? It fell in a storm and is … More
Well, this is it, the crux of Christianity. If Jesus weren’t a crucified saviour there would be nothing to believe in except some wise teachings. But He is that greatest of oxymorons, a hero that died, and came back to glorious life. He is still the great ‘I am’, His death at the hands of the Roman authorities was not the end.
As Christians, we have brilliant news to share. Every person, from each culture and country, can have hope and freedom. Their sins are forgiven and everything that causes pain and destruction has been overcome. It is incredible, but Jesus victory over sin and darkness took place a long time ago. Rather than generating excitement, telling people about his death and resurrection can seem like passing on old news.
The facts are black and white.Love is the colour.When the facts are confusing, the situation chaotic, love makes sense of … More
We live in a world that tells us we should fight for our rights and that our freedoms need protecting. It’s easy to believe that life is one big competition and that there are many people who want to take advantage of us. Yet, that’s not how God describes our role in the world; in fact, his view is the opposite of this. He calls us to humility and when things get tough, we are to love our enemies.
The tagline for this website uses the phrase ‘in the world but not of the world’, a tension that many Christians are familiar with. There are also paradoxes and enigmas that exist within God and are captured in the oxymorons that describe Him. My hope is that by understanding more about God we can find encouragement for our double lives and the tensions we experience.