Why the Pigs had to die – Some Reflections on the Strange Story of the Gerasene Demoniac

Looking at the the story in Mark 5, frankly, it is a completely bizarre story to modern, western ears. (Disclaimer)1 A Man who couldn’t be chained up, with some violent form of possession, is freed from ‘what ails… Read More

How can we face the future in a society full of fear?

Often we mistake the opposite of Love as hate, but in fact it is fear. There are things worth fearing, but fear as an undertone of life, relationships and society does not produce flourishing as God intended it…. Read More

Why more thinking, healing and experiencing may be hurting us

I’ve been reading and enjoying the work of Robert Webber recently. Webber led a change in evangelical circles to recover some of the treasures from the early church into our (post)modern mission, worship and thinking. In the appendix… Read More

God Likes Wine | Disconnected thoughts on Wine in Scripture, Society and the Christian life | Part 2

In part one, I looked at wine through scripture and it’s particular relationship to us remembering Jesus. This week, I’m reflecting on how wine operates in our society and how it relates to our Christian life. In our… Read More

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God likes Wine – Some Disconnected thoughts on Wine in Scripture, Society and the Christian life | Part 1

Over the last few years, I’ve thought more and more about wine. Growing up in the UK, wine was either brought out for special occasions and namelessly served, or cheap, mass produced wine which was abused by those… Read More

Why we need to reconsider the bread and wine | An Interview with Isaac Aho

Isaac Aho has written a few things on here before, you can see those here and here. Isaac just finished completing a research project on the practise of the eucharist. The eucharist is practised in as many different… Read More

What kind of smoke fills the temple? Some thoughts on modern worship environments

Recently I got the chance to lead musical worship at a much larger church than I normally attend and was introduced to something called ‘in-ears’. These are basically fancy headphones that cut out most sound and instead give… Read More

Everyone gets to play – A short thought on God’s mission in the World

Normally in evangelical circles we think of mission as something that we do for God, or at best with God that helps communicate the message of God’s forgiveness of sins. While I don’t disagree with that description, it… Read More

As manure belongs to a fruitful garden

“Another thing: to minister fruitfully (and God does not call us to anything else) we must minister as those who have died. This is really the same point as the last, but it has total ramifications in the… Read More