Interpreting disability in light of Scripture – part two

This is the second of two posts based on an article by the BBC entitled "The Disabled Christians reinterpreting the Bible”. The gist of the article is that disability is not a negative thing and may well be present in heaven. This immediately set my alarm bells ringing. I’ve come across this approach to theology … Continue reading Interpreting disability in light of Scripture – part two

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Interpreting disability in light of Scripture – part one

On Sunday 28th April 2019 the BBC published an article about ‘Disabled Christians reinterpreting the Bible”. The gist of the article is that disability is not a negative thing and may well be present in heaven. This immediately set my alarm bells ringing. I’ve come across this approach to theology of disability on twitter and … Continue reading Interpreting disability in light of Scripture – part one

The meaning of rest: part two

A while ago I wrote about rest. I wasn’t sure how it could be fitted in with the necessarily busy lives that many, particularly those with young families and/or elderly parents, lead. It seems foolish and impossible to suggest that people actually stop doing some necessary things in order to make space to rest. And … Continue reading The meaning of rest: part two

Suffering and character

This post is in response to an article shared with me by a good friend. The other posts in this series are The Experience of Pain; Pain in our Culture; Hard-heartedness; and The Redemption of Pain. Suffering and character Suffering shapes our character, in line with the three responses outlined in the post on hard-heartedness. … Continue reading Suffering and character

Conservatives, Christianity and the Benefits System

We might be responsible for getting ourselves into a mess, but does that make us ‘responsible’ for getting ourselves out of it? I use quotation marks because ‘responsible’ isn’t quite what I mean here, at least not in its usual meaning. I think what I mean is that people who are in a mess – … Continue reading Conservatives, Christianity and the Benefits System

The meaning of rest – reducing the load

What does it mean for Jesus to give us rest? It is easy to spiritualise his words – that what he means is that we can carry on in our busy lives, and feel at peace within them. It almost seems wrong to suggest that it means anything else. Peace within the storm, not peace … Continue reading The meaning of rest – reducing the load

What does God teach us when we suffer?

I’ve been talking a lot with my family recently about appropriate responses to suffering. One of the most common responses I’ve come across is “You need to find out what God is trying to teach you through this.”  Sometimes it’s true.  God does discipline us, so it may be that he is encouraging us to … Continue reading What does God teach us when we suffer?