Mar 09

No remission of truth

sqr250-silenceI think there is something particularly tough about talking to old friends about Jesus.

It is difficult to talk about God to someone who has known you for a long time. To talk about something that is so personal, so important but so profound and radical, so… different.

I have a few very close friends that I have known for the majority of my 44 years. They are, I think, agnostic or atheist to varying degrees. I say, “I think”, because I do not really know where they stand beneath the surface. It is to my shame that I rarely, if ever, attempt to speak to them about Jesus or about my faith. It is too hard – too awkward and dangerous. Continue reading

Apr 22

Problems with getting out of the boat: part 2

Darth TaterThe other main issue I have with John Ortberg’s If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat, concerns his treatment of the other disciples in the boat. Throughout the book and the development of his argument, he consistently refers to the remaining apostles as “boat potatoes” equating their behaviour to that of the stereotypical couch potato.

When the first reference is made, I was a little shocked, but the phrase is repeated throughout the book and becomes one of the key motifs. The other disciples are clearly to fulfil the role of stooges during the development of the theme. This made me cross.

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