What do I expect from my family relationships? Do I act out of duty with my family, or do I expect family members to affirm my identity? Should I feel slighted if my unique traits are belittled or ignored, and would that ever lead me to become estranged from my family?
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.
October’s survey questions are ready for you to complete!
I know of no Christian that does not occasionally doubt the goodness of God and whether He is present with them. Some Christians hide these doubts better than others, but they are nothing to be ashamed of.
Today we are launching the first of our regular surveys to find out what the people who read this website … More
It turns out that the idea of God being a Merciful Judge is extremely difficult to wrap my head around, both theologically and in practice. As a result it has taken me ages to think about and write this article. Preparing it has also revealed some truths about myself that I don’t really like; I’ve discovered that I’m not all that merciful and prefer others to get their comeuppance.
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.
As Christians, we should always oppose bullying and abuse.
The song Above All by Michael W. Smith (2000) describes Jesus, at his death, as ‘like a rose trampled on … More
Which would you like first? The good news or the bad? Well, the good news is that there are teachings, … More
In 1790 the phrase ‘liberte, egalite, fraternite’ (liberty, equality, fraternity) began to be spoken and used among French people. It … More
Please read the passage here. There are five protagonists in the story and each of them sees things differently. The … More
I have been using both of the images above in Ignatian Prayer to centre myself on Jesus. Here’s what I … More
The text is here. This was a very personal experience yesterday when I used this Psalm for Ignatian prayer, and … More
This is how David Bentley Hart descrbes the New Testament and it is what his new translation hopes to reflect. … More
The text is here. This is a really hard chapter, and I haven’t made sense of it all by any means. … More
As always, here’s the passage. This passage focuses on three characters; Miriam, Aaron and Moses. Miriam is the gossiper, she … More
This afternoon, among others, I have read two articles that worry me. The one that frightens me the most is … More
Here’s the text as usual. Some points I noted Now God seems miles away (compare with Job 14) and Job … More
Here’s the text. In this chapter Job is tormented because it appears that he knows God is very close to … More