Christmas day is a celebration, which Herod must not hear of. Christmas is a whispered celebration. I am not sure that we understand Christmas yet, we western Christians. May I try and unpack this season theologically? I begin with the seasons – please … Continue reading
A choice between trust and fear is at the heart of almost every tension. The pioneer of development psychology Erik Erickson spoke of “basic trust.” This is the confidence that a baby begins to have in its mother. The baby … Continue reading
Consider Mike Yankoski’s new book, “The Sacred Year.” Here is a book to give your friend who is disenchanted with church—a good fraction of generation Y-Zers in my experience—and who need a fresh vision for following Christ. This is the … Continue reading
‘“Blessed are those who mourn.” What can it mean? One can understand why Jesus hails those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, why he hails the merciful, why he hails the pure in heart, why he hails the peacemakers, why he … Continue reading
A friend of mine has a buddy who seems to have fallen away from Christ. This sad event has raised the question for her: can someone fall away from Christ? I will quote my friend: My question is, if someone … Continue reading
Ever noticed how many of Jesus’ meals are in the gospels? Meals feature so prominently in the gospels that scholars have commented: ‘Jesus ate his way through the Gospels.’ Herbert Anderson and Edward Foley even claim: ‘… they killed him because … Continue reading
Larry Norman explains the gospel from the piano. Brilliant, creative, true, funny, moving. It echos Newbigin’s words: ‘Christ is the clue to creation’. Genius – and so young. Thanks to my friend Bruce Meller for the link.
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Western society has no explanation for death, so death is feared. This weakness of the western worldview ought perhaps to prompt westerners to consider whether the secular humanist worldview is the best explanation of reality after all. Consider how death … Continue reading
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Tagged apologetics, Christ, death, Eschatology, hope, new atheists, postmodernism, resurrection
‘Money consistently buys happiness right up to about $10,000 per capita income, and after that point the correlation disappears.’ So says Richard Layard, respected British economist. Bill McKibbon, in his book ‘Deep Economy’, summaries Layard’s work concluding that our culture … Continue reading
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Tagged accumulation, consumerism, generosity, gratitude, greed, happiness, satiation, wealth
My friend Dave has terminal cancer. He blogs honestly about his grief and God. Beyond the darkness.