Free to Say No

If we think we’re free to say no to God, should this influence how we navigate the choppy waters of engaging culturally and politically as Christians? Most people I know think that we are free to say no to God. Was it C. S. Lewis who spoke of eternal perdition of God’s final, “Thy will […]

The Command of the Foot Washer

The debate about the place of the Law (or not) rages on in the comments of yesterday’s post, whilst my life is flooded with non-cyber-life that has me engaged elsewhere. But perhaps we might allow Maundy Thursday to direct a contribution to the discussion. Depending on whom you ask, “maundy” may be derivative of the […]

God is Love?

“God is love.” This is one of the most important things Christians say about God. And, it is one of the most abused. The problem with saying “God is love” is twofold. First, we assume that we know what love means already, so the phrase becomes a bit of a mirror rather than an insight […]

Believable

Communities make things believable. They are the “plausibility structures” that provide us with the scaffolding we need to integrate what we experience with what we believe. Given the right plausibility structure, the belief that the earth is under 10,000 years old becomes largely self-evident, the clear grid for assessing every piece of scientific data. Given […]

Gaining Assurance

Ever wished you had a little more certainty about the whole Christian story? How do you respond to your moments of doubt, or those episodes when things feel tenuous? Is there a biblical “program” for attaining to full assurance of the faith we confess in Christ? The Christian faith has numerous several heroes of uncertainty […]