Thoughts on Violence…

22 11 2011

My posting here has been somewhat spasmodic of late. The busyness of life, work, finding a new house, starting an MA etc has squashed out some of my more frivolous activities such as filling the ether with my rambling thoughts. But in case you fancy reading articles I’ve posted elsewhere, here are a couple of links:

About a week ago I wrote an article over at whatyouthinkmatters.org entitled ‘Who Would Jesus Punch?’ trying to model how to begin thinking biblically about an issue like violence in sports. It generated a little debate (and even gained a response from the venerable otter St Stuffed Shirt. I’m honoured, I think) and as a result we’ve started a little mini-series on issues surrounding Christians and violence.

Matthew Hosier kicked off the series yesterday with ‘War and Peace pt 1’, providing a brief historical overview of the debate on war and pacifism: a particularly helpful read if you don’t have the time or inclination to dip into the voluminous sources from the early church and theologians of the middle ages. And today the first of my posts has gone up: ‘The Right to Bear the Sword the State has’, looking at Yoder on Romans 12-13 (see what I did there?) It won’t answer (m)any of your questions, but hopefully will raise one big fat one at the end, to which I’d love to hear some responses. (Pop them on that site rather than here, so everyone can join in the discussion)

The series will continue all week… Enjoy

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Eagerly Desire the Gifts…

6 09 2011

If you find yourself at a loose end today, check out part two of the series in response to Douglas Wilson: Eagerly Desire the Gifts, Especially that you may Write Scripture over at whatyouthinkmatters.org in which we look at whether prophecy and scripture writing are necessarily the same thing!

Read, cogitate and join the conversation!





On closed spigots and private spirits

2 09 2011

Should you feel so inclined, you can check out a new post of mine, uploaded today at whatyouthinkmatters.org entitled ‘On closed spigots and private spirits.‘ This is part one of three posts raising some questions on Douglas Wilson’s theology of Spiritual Gifts.

The website has got some good traffic these last few days, and an increasing number of people interacting through the comments. So why not give it a read, check out some of the previous articles, and join in the conversation!





Getting my junk together

31 08 2011

I have an annoying habit – which may well be on account of my gender – of leaving items such as keys, my wallet or loose change scattered in random parts of the house. I walk into the house, and tend to just put down the items on whatever flat space happens to be available at that part particular moment in time.

Having been irritated by this for quite some time, my wife has devised a simple but brilliant solution: a small rectangular plate, approximately 12x5cm, which resides permanently on the bookshelf. This is my space, and we have an agreement that all my random items are to be placed on this plate, and on this plate alone. Not every possession I own, of course, just those little things that I’m tempted to dump on windowsills and promptly forget about. And it works the other way round too; if I fail to put my keys there and instead place them in some unhelpful location, upon finding them, Helen relocates them to the plate. Thus my junk is confined to a 60cm² piece of porcelain.

In recent months I have been scattering thoughts in too many locations around the web – an article here, a blog post there – and I’ve tried not to duplicate material too much for fear of boring absolutely everyone at every juncture. But now even I’m losing track of what I’ve written and when, and so I think the time has come to put all my junk in one place.

So consider this blog something of a porcelain plate!

When I write articles elsewhere, I’ll link to them here as well. That way, everything I say, do and write is in one searchable location, and perhaps I’ll remember where I’ve left my thoughts, should I ever have need for them again.

And so I start with something published today… This is a talk I gave at Newday 2011 called God’s Plan to Change the World, which can be found at the Everything Conference website along with an interactive presentation, my first foray into the wonderful world of prezi.

It was a fun challenge to try to articulate something of the Everything concept to 14-18 year olds… you can be the judge of whether I succeeded! At least, if nothing else, it was amusing making everyone look as stupid as my sister did:


Enjoy!