Exploring Theology

A Church's Place is in the Kitchen

12 May 2020

Whilst much of the world might be completely oblivious to the debate, many corners of the church community have spent the last couple of weeks arguing about whether their ministers should broadcast online services from their church buildings or from their homes. Critics of kitchen table...

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The Theology of Trauma

7 Apr 2020
I have been working on my doctorate, and, perhaps in an act of gracious divine prodding, for the past few months I have been focusing on theology and trauma. I’ve been reading stories about various types of trauma—from kidnapped victims and victims of sexual assault to those suffering from...
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The Great Lent Journey

2 Apr 2020

Lent in the Eritrean Orthodox Church is a season of reflection, repentance, and building a stronger relationship with God. Though these three aspects are practiced throughout the year, Lent is the season where it is done more intentionally as the whole church. Also, this season is set to...

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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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