Every now and again I’ll do a quick overview of my favourite posts – and that can act as a nice introduction for new readers and a navigation tool for those who want to “catch up” with some of the thinking and conversations on this blog.
The purpose of this blog is to help Christians and those seeking faith to find new ways to think about what it means to be a Christ follower. I have been writing and blogging on this topic since 1995, and this blog includes a selection of new and old stuff I have been working on. Some of it I’d die for, but some of it is purely experimental (I try and let you know which is which). The point is not to present a fully worked through systematic theology, but rather to allow you to enter into an ongoing conversation with me. If you like, this is just my journal – and you get to look in…
So, with that said, here is a brief intro to some of the posts on this blog:
- The Transformation Gospel vs the Gospel of Evacuation – I first heard this analogy at a conference in Uganda a few years ago. It is remarkable, and has shaped my thinking since.
- The Present Future – a book review and summary of a remarkable book on what the church should be doing
- The marks of a genuine Christian – reflections on a sermon
- Living in an age of transition
You will find this blog coming back over and over again to our responsibility to social issues, and especially to poverty, development and social justice. Here is a sample:
- The poor you will always have with you
- Jesus and the “Social Gospel” – by Dr Reg Codrington (my father)
This obviously impacts on what the church is meant to be doing:
- Church is not the end, it’s the means
- Five Things Every Adult Christian Should Know About Youth Ministry
- Gary Hamel speaks to church leaders on Shifting Tides
- The Challenge of an Ageing Population
- Generations @ Church – understanding different generations is a passion and area of expertise of mine
And on theological issues:
I have a passion for helping people to read the Bible properly, and develop helpful hermeneutics:
- Confessions of a Bible Deist
- Taking the Bible Literally
- A fun example of the human side of Biblical inspiration
- How can we change ingrained mistakes in our Bible reading?
That’s a brief intro. There’s lot to read and discuss – join the conversation.
And stick around. We’ll head into fun waters soon. I plan to start looking at the issue of homosexuality over the next few months.