Tag The Christian Life

The Last Battle: To Live is Christ

A line found on more than one character’s lips in The Last Battle is, “All world’s draw to an end, except Aslan’s own country”. Death is not the end but...

Social Justice as Obedience to God

You don’t polish the brass on a sinking ship. Though only a few Christians would explicitly say that, many implicitly endorse it in the way that they think and speak...

Jesus' Resurrection and the Christian Life

Though the reference eludes me, C. S. Lewis once wrote, “A man can't always be defending the truth; there must be a time to feed on it.” In the past...

Pastor, You do not Release Potential

I was reminded recently in a conversation about Nicene Christology how crucial and significant our choice of words is. For the theologically uninitiated, that specific historical debate swirled around a...

Doodle: Trite Comfort from the Sovereignty of God

As someone famously stated about the human experience, perhaps with just a hint of unhealthy cynicism: ‘life is hard, and then you die.’ For most, life is undeniably hard and...

Thank God for the Old Testament

Habakkuk opens with a question, “O LORD, how long shall I cry out for help and you will not hear?” But I imagine many people were asking another question as...

What is 1 Peter all about?

In 5:12 we read, “I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.” Peter gives us a...

4 God Given Uses for the Bible

I recently taught 2 Timothy 3:10-17, on two separate occasions, and found myself stirred by this familiar passage. While studying at college it was a favourite to cite among both...

Book Review: The Forgotten Cross

In this short but stirring work, Lee Gatiss calls Christians back to “the poetry of the gospel, and the multifaceted beauty of the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (p108)....

Excerpts on the Sabbath

While a theology undergrad, debates about the Sabbath would occasionally rear their head. For most of my life I had not attended many church services on Sundays and had almost...

Can I be a Christian but not a Churchgoer?

I recently read an article by a Christian blogger, Wendy van Eyck, explaining why she identifies as a Christian but not a churchgoer. This is not the first time I have...

Doodle: Blogs, Theology, and Woolworths

There are hundreds of thousands of Christian blogs out there, reflecting the wonderfully broad spectrum of our faith; you are reading one of those right now. With the advent of...

Christ's Temptation and Our Own

I recently posted on Jesus’ temptation in Matthew’s Gospel and argued that the event showed Satan offering Jesus means other than the cross of becoming the Messiah; signified Jesus’ overthrow...

Some Dangers of Theological Study

I applied myself more than usual, and had an article posted at IX Marks challenging pastors who have a low evaluation of theological study and highlighting the importance of systematic theology...

Prayer: Resigned and Stubborn

Writing on prayer is not a task lightly undertaken, mostly because it might give the impression that I believe my own prayer life is impressive or worth imitating. I do...

The Horse and His Boy: Having Faith when it is Hard

The Horse and his Boy is my favourite of the series, but also many people’s least. This is due to a few reasons, of which I will highlight just two:...

The Epistle of James: Wisdom and Works

For whatever reason, perhaps stemming from Martin Luther calling it a ‘right strawy epistle’, James is not a book many Christians are familiar with. If you know anything about James...

Urinal Art & T-Shirt Preaching

If there's any piece of art that typifies postmodernity and repeles modernists everywhere it must be Duchamp's "Fountain": a urinal. Not only disgusting, how does a mass-produced chunk of porcelain...

Unpopular Christianity

Jesus was not a popular man. In the 1st century, throughout history, and today people have struggled not just in coming to him but also in going with him. I...

Read Smart

137 Books in One Year; no, that is not how many books I read in 2012 nor is it how many I aim to complete in 2013. It is the...

Reflections: The Starved Space of Improvement

I discovered a lovely little place the other day while walking the many little streets of my neighborhood. Most of the attention usually falls, quite naturally, to the bustling street...

Three books from 2012

It is no secret: there are times when I love books more than people. Because I spend so much time reading I thought that I should offer some book suggestions,...

The Spirit, Marriage and Adoption

To many of us "Spirit" is a colourless and vague word. The Holy Spirit is a faceless enigma beyond the grasp of our understanding. Yet, He - not "it" -...

What is the place of 'emotion' in the Christian life?

"Listen to your heart" - is that good or bad advice? Should we subdue or accept what goes through our hearts? Does God care about the state of our emotions...