on the Canon of Scripture

Is Scripture ‘finished’ being written? Christians believe it is. How so? Catholics and Protestants don’t agree on which books are to be included, and various leaders in church history have thought it best to leave certain books out, such as Revelation or James. One way to begin discussing the question is to think about the… Continue reading on the Canon of Scripture

thy will be done

“Thy Will Be Done” The statement “Thy will be done” is the overarching and simple representative statement of submission. With this statement, we acknowledge that God is God and we are not, and that God’s way and God’s will are better than mine. For those who accept, submit to, worship and follow an Ultimate Being… Continue reading thy will be done

i need resurrection

Easter brings the usual flood of social media posts where people publicly express their celebrations, beliefs or doubts regarding God in general and the resurrection. Some of my Facebook friends shared an article seeking to cite historical reasons why Jesus lived and died, and another shared an article attempting to show why this historical evidence… Continue reading i need resurrection

a consistent ethic of non-violence

My father-in-law, Greg, has volunteered one of the most poignant statements I’ve ever heard about non-violence. After encountering a young would-be robber outside their property, Greg was asked if he’d ever considered keeping a gun. His response was as sharp as it was brief: “No. I’d rather be robbed than kill someone.” Non-violence is hardest… Continue reading a consistent ethic of non-violence

cultural enmity

In this post, I want to reflect on what I take to be one of the most serious and urgent issues in modern society: that of social division. It seems that in the area of political discourse, we are getting poorer at relating to one another. I often feel that the internet in general and… Continue reading cultural enmity

god’s theology

Theology is literally a ‘word’ (logos) about ‘God’ (Theos). Some scattered bits of experience, mine and others, over the last few weeks have reminded me that various positions, discussions, debates and statements that would be labelled ‘theological’ can be unhelpful. Yes, truth will divide at times, and so it should, but too often theological battles… Continue reading god’s theology

narcissism and image

All Humans Are Narcissists I want to suggest that all humans, like Narcissus, look at their reflection and make too much of it. This is obvious in some behaviour and more discreet in others. In my own experience, my narcissism is easily spotted when I think, feel, talk and act as though my own thoughts,… Continue reading narcissism and image

lament with thanksgiving

Lament and thanksgiving are two entirely valid modes of prayer. Both are biblical and practical.  Like God’s people in every time and place, it is a healthy practice to offer to God both our ‘why’ and our ‘thanks’.  In my survey of local Baptist worship in Aotearoa New Zealand, I considered the extent to which… Continue reading lament with thanksgiving

possibility and surrender

I met a friendly man today who, learning of my religiosity, asked me about my views on science and faith.  It was a good chat, not too long, and remained wonderfully amicable. The man was, by global and local standards, wealthy, educated and articulate.  At least some of the time, such a demographic can tend… Continue reading possibility and surrender