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

May 06

Do the right thing

Referee - Howard WebbYou need to consider the big picture. You have to break eggs to make an omelette. You must consider the greater good. The end justifies the means.

This consequentialist morality is in evidence all over the place: in books and movies, in business and politics and even in sport. I don’t like it. It makes me cross!

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Apr 21

Problems with getting out of the boat: part 1

 

Delacroix - Christ Walking on WaterSo, one of the (many, many) things that made me cross last year was a less than dutiful approach to guidance in a book by John Ortberg, If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.

In this book, Mr Ortberg uses the passage in Matthew 14, when Peter attempts to walk on water, as the basis for promoting more active discipleship. The book is not a great one, and contains a number of rather dubious examples and, while I believe Mr Ortberg is right to try and mobilise Christians and to promote active commitment to discipleship, I am not happy that he chose a very good approach to the task.

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