This life is not all there is

In 1965, the Byrds released a song named ‘Turn, turn, turn’ which became a major worldwide hit. They didn’t really write the lyrics though; the vast majority of the lyrics are directly from the Old Testament wisdom book of Ecclesiastes. The main point of the poem in...

Trusting in the miraculous

It is so easy to be skeptical. My first reaction when I see a new skin cream that promises to produce younger looking skin, or a new vitamin that gives extra energy, is to ask what evidence the makers of those products have to back up their claims. There are strong...

The critical need for Christian sex education

Do you remember being sat down by your parents and getting “the talk”? You know the one, where they sweat and stammer and try to explain to you what sex is? Some of us are now on the other side of the conversation, or at least we should be. Maybe you have your own...

Some thoughts on singing in church

It is weird that the music style in churches is so often the battleground and thing that divides people. It should be a wonderful expression of unity in a congregation. In my experience as a Christian who has sung as part of a congregation, as well as someone who...

I ain’t afraid of no ghosts

“Are ghosts real?” That was a question asked in a recent theology class at church, where we were talking about what happens after you die. It is a good question. After all, the wider culture does seem obsessed with the supernatural, even if they are not that keen on...

Are you excited about heaven?

In a recent theology class on heaven, hell, and the last things, I asked the group a simple question. (This is a group of Christians, mainly people who have been trusting Jesus for quite some time). The question was this: “Are you excited about going to heaven?” After...