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Thoughts about life and faith




I’ve been a Christian for 50 years (since student days), but the past two years have been a time of huge spiritual change for me, and I’m finding it very exciting. I have found a way of expressing my faith that I’m deeply happy with, after about eight years of unhappy searching.

However, there’s a lot for me to process, and the change is ongoing, so I’ve tried to express my thoughts in words as a way of aiding that change process. I have made those thoughts available, with two aims: that together we might grow in our relationship with God and with one another, and that we might then be able to share that love with others.

(Bibliography – well, some books I’ve read and found helpful)

(All the text of all the articles in one big file)


Here are my offerings so far:

72) Fear-based religion (19 May 2019)

71) Love cuts the Gordian NOT (19 April 2019)

70) SUMMARY – The more beautiful gospel (updated: 11 May 2019)

69) The offence of the gospel? (17 April 2019)

68) Spiritual warfare works (16 April 2019)

67) The insidiousness of sin (11 April 2019)

66) What is God really like? (8 April 2019)

65) More feedback (6 April 2019)

64) Communicating the gospel (5 April 2019)

63) More matters arising (4 April 2019)

62) Applying the more glorious gospel to real life (3 April 2019)

61) Yet more glorious! (1 April 2019)

60) Bloody hell! (29 March 2019)

59) The most important person in the world (27 March 2019)

58) Matters arising – Comments about evangelism (25 March 2019)

57) Restoration, restoration, restoration! (24 March 2019)

56) Who needs evangelists?! (23 March 2019)

55) The gospel, Brexit and world domination (22 March 2019)

54) God’s rescue plan (IV) – How big is your cross? (21 March 2019)

53) God’s rescue plan (III) – Christ’s loving sacrifice (17 March 2019)

52) God’s rescue plan (II) – Salvation as healing (16 March 2019)

51) God’s rescue plan (15 March 2019)

50) The universal gospel (14 March 2019)

49) The scandal of the cross (IV) – The suffering servant (13 March 2019)

48) The scandal of the cross (III) – A plea for help (11 March 2019)

47) The scandal of the cross (II) – Preach the gospel (10 March 2019)

46) The scandal of the cross (10 March 2019)

45) What is the Bible? (IV) – Relationship-based interpretation (8 March 2019)

44) What is the Bible? (III) – How does God communicate? (4 March 2019)

43) “Feast on God’s word” (2 March 2019)

42) Finally, a faith that I can be really proud of (24 Feb 2019)

41) What is the Bible? (II) – reprise (22 Feb 2019)

40) Inoculating your children (21 Feb 2019)

39) Love is not binary (18 Feb 2019)

38) Have I got all the answers? (17 Feb 2019)

37) Are you ashamed – for not preaching the gospel? (16 Feb 2019)

36) What is the Bible? (controversial) (14 Feb 2019)

35) A panoramic view of the gospel (II) (12 Feb 2019)

34) A panoramic view of the gospel (8 Feb 2019)

33) Your final answer? (6 Feb 2019)

32) Does God heal today? – Faith and fear (1 Feb 2019)

31) What is the gospel? (28 Jan 2019)

30) How do outsiders view us? (19 Jan 2019)

29) Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done (16 Jan 2019)

28) Is the New Testament a reliable document? (6 Jan 2019)

27) “Repent, for the end of the world is nigh!” (4 Jan 2019)

26) Back to Adam and Eve (4 Jan 2019)

25) Praise God for the creeds! (28 Dec 2018)

24) Communication, communication, communication (15 Dec 2018)

23) Does God ever get angry? (14 Dec 2018)

22a) Gospel in chairs script (Word file) (10 Dec 2018)

22) Gospel in chairs script (10 Dec 2018)

21) How can I enter into this relationship? (9 Dec 2018)

20) Thy will be done (7 Dec 2018)

19) What is the gospel? (3 Dec 2018)

18) The wrath of God again (1 Dec 2018)

17) What is God really like? (28 Nov 2018)

16) Creeds as relationship (7 Nov 2018)

15) And finally...” (4 Nov 2018)

14) “The wrath of God is being revealed” (29 Oct 2018)

13) Feedback (28 Oct 2018)

12) Religion or relationship? (27 Oct 2018)

11) Core beliefs? (26 Oct 2018)

10) “Why did Jesus die?” (12 Oct 2018)

9) “Full of grace and truth”? (8 Oct 2018)

8) “The wrath of God is being revealed” (2 Oct 2018)

7) Is Scripture infallible? (16 Sept 2018)

6) A penny-drop moment (8 Sept 2018)

5) Interpreting Scripture (6 Sept 2018)

4) Centrality of the cross of Christ (5 Sept 2018)

3) How do we relate to the OT? (28 Aug 2018)

2) What did Jesus do? (18 Aug 2018)

1) Rebuilding my faith (18 Aug 2018)

0) Reflections on 50 years as a Christian (Nov 2017)

00) Reflections on Vaughan Roberts’ ‘God’s Big Picture’ (May 2019)

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