Exploring Theology

Self-Control in the Time of Coronavirus

17 Mar 2020

Self-control is probably not the most popular of the fruits of the Spirit. Certainly not one which crops up in ancient hymnody or modern worship songs, and if it did, I think I’d cringe. So why am I writing about it?

I was talking on the...

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Nothing Can Be Certain But Death And Metaxas

30 Jan 2020

A particular branch of “theology Twitter” is once again debating the theological placement of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor and theologian who was killed by the Nazis in 1945. Specifically, the debate is centered on Eric Metaxas’ 2009 biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, which was widely panned by...

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Till Death Us Do Part: On The Sacrament of Marriage

13 Nov 2019

As my friends, family, and colleagues are probably sick of hearing, I’m in the middle of planning a wedding. My fiancé and I got engaged over the summer and so the past few months have consisted of fielding questions from interested parties, working out a budget, going to wedding fairs, and...

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The Healing Powers of Anointing of the Sick: A Roman Catholic Perspective

13 Nov 2019

Anointing of the Sick is probably the least heard-of and most-misunderstood sacrament of the seven practiced by the Roman Catholic Church. Sacraments are powerful ‘outward’ symbols of God’s inner working and grace. Anointing of the Sick is no different in that, though it is a physical, visible...

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All May, None Must, Some Should: a Methodist View of Confession

7 Nov 2019

The Sacrament of Reconciliation, otherwise known as confession, is rarely associated with churches outside of Roman and Anglo- Catholicism and certainly not with my cosy corner of non-conformism! It is true to say that Methodism only recognises two sacraments officially, baptism and the Lord’s...

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The Courage to Be: Against Meaninglessness

7 Oct 2019

My first post in this series was about acting “in spite of” the anxiety of fate and death. If you haven’t had a look at it, I would recommend doing so (this piece will make a lot more sense if you do!). Moving on from that...

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The Courage to Be: Against Death

25 Sep 2019

Paul Tillich’s “The Courage to Be” is arguably one of the most important theological books to be published in the 20th Century, particularly in the field of non-classical theology. It’s also quite hard to read. Yet, in this blog – and two other upcoming posts – I will try and explain what...

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Moving Away From Fire and Brimstone

18 Sep 2019

When I was a teenager, I remember walking through Birmingham city centre and passing two groups of religious evangelists. One group were shouting at passersby, talking about hellfire and brimstone. The other group were engaging people who approached them in conversation. 

Guess which ones...

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Receptive Ecumenism

14 Aug 2019

Although I identify as Anglican, first and foremost I am a child of God and a believer of Christ, connected to Christians worldwide through the Holy Spirit and my baptism.  For this reason I am ecumenical at heart, and am passionate about promoting ecumenism. My experience of Church has been...

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One Diamond, Many Facets: The Richness of Diversity

1 Aug 2019

Being part of an ecumenical community is an invitation from God to see our differences as enriching, rather than as an obstacle. A journey to global love and peace-making, which is what we are called to do in our Christian life, starts with valuing the differences of those next to us. Father...

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