Gospel Pants

By October 12, 2012 Blog

Dear Brother, How’s it going?  So good to have you as part of the fellowship here.  It’s a lovely group, isn’t it?   Proper believers. I expect that’s a little different to what you’ve been used to:  I’m not saying St Stefan’s was bad.  But here – well, we’re serious about our faith. Which is why I wondered if I could have a quick word. Don’t mishear me, bro – your heart’s in the right place. Bible believing, involved in evangelism, prayerful and a home group leader …Read More

The Naked and Insulted God

By September 25, 2012 Blog

It’s okay for me to criticise my family – but if anyone else does, They’re Going Down. You see, nothing hurts like having a loved one insulted.  If someone questions our taste in music or ice-cream, it’s bad enough…but step closer to the things we love, or even worship – and you’re playing with fire. We’ve seen this already in the last few days, following the release of a film in the US that denigrates the prophet Mohammed.  In Pakistan …Read More

Religion without God

By February 15, 2012 Blog

What does religion look like without Jesus?   That’s the question Alain de Botton tries to answer in his latest book, ‘Religion for Atheists’.   Chapter One starts by dismissing God (‘Let us state that of course no religions are true in any God-given sense’). What’s left, argues de Botton, are useful and  practical guidelines for living. Guidelines like these: – erecting ‘temples’ to secular aspirations, e.g;  perspective, (the aim being to make us feel small and thus put our …Read More

Approbrium for the Masses?

By January 11, 2012 Blog

What is it about being part of a stadium filled with cheering fans that arouses such intense emotions? Why do we behave one way in a group and another on our own? Why do people join cults, or devote their lives to moral or political causes? In his book: ‘The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements’  (1951), Eric Hoffer considers some of these questions. Hoffer argues that spiritual hunger causes people to cut off their old selves …Read More