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
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
Recently I had a conversation with a church leader. We had a good conversation ranging over several topics, some at a bit of a tangent. One thing we discussed was how God cares for us. The church leader felt that God meets our needs through fellow Christians. It's a platitude many of us may be … Continue reading Self-help Christianity
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
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
In the Old Testament of the Bible there is a story about King David and an affair he had. The woman became pregnant and gave birth to a boy. At this time, a prophet came to David and told him a story, to show him his wrong-doing in taking another man’s wife. In this story, … Continue reading Taking from the poor
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?