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July 12, 2021

In 2003-2004, I attended an unusual theological school in Alabama, USA, where I learned how to meditate – a practice that isn’t typically associated with Bible school, or church in general. It was a fascinating time, helping me address personal matters that had plagued me for years, and to understand my motivations and fears, without flinching from the truth. We studied more traditional topics, such as Greek and Hebrew, but learning to meditate was by far the most valuable lesson… Read more

July 10, 2021

They say you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. The same is true of church. In essence, church is a big family, within which are people who naturally get on and others who don’t. There are people with varying expectations of life, backgrounds, political and social outlooks, behavioural styles, denominational emphases, communication styles and financial situations, along with a hundred other points of difference. Every gap between us has within it the potential for conflict, suspicion… Read more

July 10, 2021

Like many young Christians, spiritual growth accelerated for me after I left home. I met Christians from other denominations at university, and was exposed to a new marketplace of ideas. Through the influence of friends, I began to see God as kinder and gentler than I’d previously thought. One of my classmates was a Christian woman called Jayne, or Jay for short. Over time she became a dear friend, but the relationship hit a difficult patch in my third year,… Read more

July 10, 2021

In the library of popular worship songs, guilt and shame are often referred to in the same breath – ‘you took my guilt and shame’ – but herein lies a trap, as the Bible does not treat them as interchangeable concepts. The Bible is an Eastern book, and its concept of shame is an Eastern concept. In Biblical terms, shame is closer to embarrassment, to losing face, than it is to guilt. Shame is fundamentally harmful, and in this, secular… Read more




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