Why Did God Make Us? (We are Useless!)

One of my lecturers recently asked our class a question: Why did God create us?  And, as theologians tend to do, we proudly regurgitated the dogmas we were taught at Sunday school. “Because he loves us.” “Because he’s an artist.” “Because he wanted relationship.” But the more we thought about it, the more we realisedContinue reading “Why Did God Make Us? (We are Useless!)”

Consumption is Relational

Covid-19 has revealed weaknesses in our existing systems, and panic-buying in particular has revealed that we do not think about how our consumer choices affect others. Although there is plenty of toilet paper to go around, we now have an unequal distribution because with heightened anxiety, a handful of buyers have first considered their ownContinue reading “Consumption is Relational”

Deep Church Rising: a turn back to the tradition?

[Notre Dame, Paris 2017]   I left the mega-church scene at age 21, feeling somewhat stranded and very confused. I knew that I loved Jesus, but I also knew that I no longer fancied the razzle-dazzle shiny church experience that I was raised in. Church life had always placed a heavy emphasis on the celebrity prophet/preacher/worship-leader/healing-pastorContinue reading “Deep Church Rising: a turn back to the tradition?”

Should Christians Read Philosophy?

[Spoiler alert: the answer is yes.] How many philosophers does it take to change a light bulb? It depends on how you define ‘change’. Philosophy is considered by many to be irrelevant at best and dangerous at worst. Christians throughout history have been especially caught up in the pro/anti-philosophy debate. Philosophers are known for askingContinue reading “Should Christians Read Philosophy?”

A Poem for the City of Cambridge (and all who dig for knowledge)

Job 28 (ESV)   “Man puts his hand to the flinty rock     and overturns mountains by the roots.    He cuts out channels in the rocks,     and his eye sees every precious thing.    He dams up the streams so that they do not trickle,     and the thing that is hidden he brings out to light.  Continue reading “A Poem for the City of Cambridge (and all who dig for knowledge)”

Matter Matters: On the Soul

(Photo of Amy Leon, taken by me) The soul is pictured by most to be an ethereal floaty thing that lives inside of us when we’re alive, and then gets released into the universe or goes up to heaven when we die (depending on your theology). Unfortunately there is no consistent usage of the termContinue reading “Matter Matters: On the Soul”

Faith and Reason

A few years ago I asked my sister about her views on Christianity. She replied: “I don’t believe in God; I believe in science!” Her sentiment is not uncommon amongst western millennials. I currently live in the city of Cambridge, where skepticism and atheism are revered and religious belief of any kind is often sneered at.Continue reading “Faith and Reason”