Tuesday, 28 July 2015

The Nonviolent God

I believe God is non-violent.

What I mean by this is that God is the endless source of forgiveness, effervescent love and relentless mercy. God is not the scales of justice, karma or vengeance, rather God is total unconditionality.

No strings attached.

No hidden exchange clause.

God is the source of all non-violent, non-coercive, non-manipulative Relationship.



I believe Jesus is God and so through the lens of Jesus I seek to see everything else and how we might know who God is.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

God, Creation and Evil

'It makes no more sense to say that God allows creatures to damn themselves out of his love for them for his respect for their freedom than to say that a father might reasonably allow his deranged child to thrust her face in a fire out of a tender regard for her moral autonomy.'

'The god of retribution that has been proclaimed by so much of Christian knowledge really is not and cannot possibly be the God of Self-outpouring love revealed in Christ.





Friday, 10 July 2015

Self-Harm and Depression

'It is terrifying how common it can be to feel utterly numb to everything around me. It's like living inside the world with headphones and sunglasses on; everything is duller in colour and in sound. Reality has become something Other and I feel disconnected. I have sat at home and wondered if I will feel anything significant again; I have been scared that numbness will be normal. Self harm enters the arena as a means to feel something significant, even if that is pain. It feels shameful and stupid but for a fleeting moment it feels of something.'



Tuesday, 7 July 2015

He's Been Thinking About You...Honestly...

He's been thinking about you...




The closure of the Independent Living Fund that was set up to specifically help many within the disabled community live as independently as possible has been closed meaning the very real possibility that this money will no longer be ring-fenced for some of the most vulnerable within our communities. The consequences could be/will be horrific.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Do Not Be Afraid

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear...' 1 John 4:18a

People are steadily becoming more afraid. Recent worldwide events have increased fear levels among many of us, causing us to question and doubt our own safety. More than this it has created ever greater fear of 'the other' or 'neighbour', generating within us a suspicious gaze at those who we perceive to be not like us. As I have said before, the 'neighbour' is those we are least like, prejudiced towards and afraid if.

The onslaught in our media and the rhetoric from our government would keep us bound and gagged in fear. There is no greater way to control people than to keep them afraid, uninformed and ignorant of the truth.



Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Baptist Assembly 2015

In May I spoke at the Baptist Assembly. I was asked to address those who were being commissioned for ministry, to share with them something of what I've learned during my time in ministry.

Because I don't use notes I can't give you the word for word transcript, but below should be something along the lines of what I preached.



'This day you are being commissioned and validated in the ministry that God has called you to, prayed for and sent out as ambassadors of the Gospel, this Gospel that has been testified to through history.

And the one thing I know a little more now that I wish I knew when I started in ministry that I want to pass on to you this evening is this…

Monday, 8 June 2015

Tony Campolo and Same-Sex Marriage

Tony Campolo has released a statement regarding same-sex marriage.


In it he says, '...I have done my best to preach the Gospel, care for the poor and oppressed, and earnestly motivate others to do the same. Because of my open concern for social justice, in recent years I have been asked the same question over and over again: Are you ready to fully accept into the Church those gay Christian couples who have made a lifetime commitment to one another?'

He then goes on to say,

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Why Does Jesus Matter? Part Two

The Gospels describe Mary Magdalane (one of Jesus followers) going to the tomb in order to anoint his body with oils as was customary for Jewish burials.  However, when she gets there the large stone covering the entrance has been rolled away and the tomb is empty. After making this discovery she goes to tell the men what she has seen and they in turn go and look for themselves.

Now an empty tomb is not enough to suddenly make these scared and confused disciples who had locked themselves away behind closed doors into a bold and fearless movement declaring that Jesus is Lord.



But what did it mean to call Jesus Lord?

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Why Does Jesus Matter? Part One

I have become ever more aware recently that whilst I might talk about the Christian faith and its significance, there are probably many people who I know who are actually not sure why Christians believe Jesus to be so important not only personally but also historically.

So the next couple of posts will simply explain why Jesus matters. It will not say everything that could be said about Jesus or the Christian faith in any way, shape or form, but hopefully it will give you some kind of insight into who Jesus is and why Easter is so important. It might be that after you read these posts you then want to dig further for yourself and find out more, but for now I hope these couple of posts will, at the very least, give you something to think through.



In the Bible there are four Gospels written that narrate to us the life of Jesus. They describe the life of Jesus, from his birth in a cattle shed through to his resurrection from the dead. Each one tells us the life of Jesus from a different perspective, some borrowing from the other, some unique in their telling.  What is clear from each is that in Jesus a unique event has occurred whereby God has come to dwell among human beings as a living person.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Intolerant Intolerance

David Cameron and the Conservative government are seeking to fast track a new bill that gives them greater power to 'deal with extremism' so that the 'greatness of our nation' is preserved, that we may truly be 'one nation'.

The chilling words of Cameron echoed out last week,

'For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone. It’s often meant we have stood neutral between different values. And that’s helped foster a narrative of extremism and grievance

“This government will conclusively turn the page on this failed approach. As the party of one nation, we will govern as one nation and bring our country together. That means actively promoting certain values.

“Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Democracy. The rule of law. Equal rights regardless of race, gender or sexuality.

“We must say to our citizens: this is what defines us as a society.'


'British values' is a slippery phrase, ambiguous enough to mean whatever the government wants it to mean at any given time. The result, contrary to what is said above, is the continued assault on freedom of speech, attack upon dissenting acts and speech and the strangulation of democracy.

Listen to Hitler in 1933,