If you have read this blog before, you will know that I am reading Tolstoy's Anna Karenina because the insights it offers into the human soul are far more insightful than any academic paper. Here Tolstoy describes how his character, Levin, feels during a service of confession at church: Levin found himself, like the majority … Continue reading Tolstoy and how the unbeliever feels
Skye Jethani writes a daily bible devotion entitled 'With God Daily' that is available here. Yesterday, he championed doubt, and faith that is mature enough to question God. This is exactly what I hope Dislocated Christians advocates, it is a space for people who wonder at the world, and want to discern how God is … Continue reading Acts 21: The False Comfort of Simple Absolutes
These beautiful words come from 'God on the Inside' by Nigel G. Wright on page 105. Rather than denying that Christians have doubts, Wright spells out the incredible ways in which the Holy Spirit assures us and works through those doubts to bring renewal. As someone who struggles to understand why God allows suffering, knowing … Continue reading The Antidote to Doubt
Philip Yancey, in his book 'Soul Survivor', writes how novelists understand the psyche better than any psychiatrist or psychologist. In novels, he says, are the most exquisite and accurate descriptions of human nature and we should go there to learn more of our brethren. Yancey recommends Tolstoy and Dostoevsky as being among the greatest novelists … Continue reading Tolstoy, faith and social media
Close your eyes for a moment. What happened today? Were you with family and friends? Did you see people smiling? How many people made in the image of God did you see today? It was OK wasn't it. You were OK? So where does your fear come from? The opposite of love isn't hate, it's … Continue reading Why do you watch Fox News?
This afternoon, among others, I have read two articles that worry me. The one that frightens me the most is this article by Eliot Cohen, entitled 'Waiting for the Bomb to Drop'. In actual fact, the title doesn't give a very good sense of what the piece is about, basically Cohen argues that Donald Trump … Continue reading It’s difficult to know what to pray for North Korea
This image was drawn by a Charlie Hebdo cartoonist after the spring shooting and is circulating again after the latest attacks in Paris. I must confess that it breaks my heart. As a Christian I don't want to be rejected and I hope I can offer some comfort and hope to people, even if all I … Continue reading I will keep praying