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A ‘White’ Christmas

Family White have always enjoyed the ‘Christmas Family Gathering’—a time when family, (mostly) enjoy being together. I wouldn’t say that we are an average family in terms of how we view ‘the meaning of Christmas’—and that’s because there are those among us who see Christmas as a time for family but, sadly, not a lot… Continue reading A ‘White’ Christmas

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Book Preview – Reason and Wonder: Why science and faith need each other

I’ve just ordered two copies. My [apologetic] interest is that of the problem of, what is referred to as, [natural] evil–especially in the light of the age of the biosphere. It’ll be interesting to read the ‘latest’.

Science and Belief

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‘from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved’

Charles Darwin

…the origins of all species, including our own, are found in natural processes that can be observed and studied scientifically. In other words, evolution demonstrates that our own existence is woven into the very fabric of the natural world. Seen in this light, the human presence is not a mistake of nature or a random accident, but a direct consequence of the characteristics of the universe. What evolution tells us is that we are part of the grand, dynamic and ever-changing fabric of life that covers our planet. To a person of faith, an understanding of the evolutionary process only deepens our appreciation of the scope and wisdom of the Creator’s work.

For Christians today, the scientific successes of evolutionary theory present a genuine opportunity to come…

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What’s love got to do with it?

"For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:12,13 Agape love, often translated ‘charity’, is the kind of love… Continue reading What’s love got to do with it?

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Why the Missional Church Will Fail

by Mike Breen Mike Breen believes the missional church movement lacks at least one vital aspect. It’s time we start being brutally honest about the missional movement that has emerged in the last 10-15 years: Chances are better than not it’s going to fail. That may seem cynical, but I’m being realistic. There is a… Continue reading Why the Missional Church Will Fail

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Here’s a Thought::at least my thought

Here’s a thought—at least my thought: For a while now [getting on for twenty years] the 'Missional Movement' has encouraged local churches to 'reach out'--in 'whatever-which-way'--often heralding the mantra of 'belonging before believing'. Of course Christ followers get it. Who would not want those who don't know Christ to remain outside the influence of the… Continue reading Here’s a Thought::at least my thought

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Beyond the Dome of Eden: a Part Review of Stephen H. Webb’s Theodicy

This article is a (part) review of the (2010) work of Dr.Stephen H. Webb . In his book entitled, ‘The Dome of Eden ( A New Solution to the problem of Creation and Evolution) Webb, whilst majoring on a particular interpretation of the Genesis creation accounts, nevertheless offers something of an apologetic for the goodness… Continue reading Beyond the Dome of Eden: a Part Review of Stephen H. Webb’s Theodicy

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He Walks The Dark Hils

Our world is the best of possible worlds. In order for there to be creatures like us, there could not have been another option. This world is the best possible world and God is GOOD.  For God so loved the world that he made possible the existence of creatures such as us—made in the image… Continue reading He Walks The Dark Hils

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Finding our Place in the World: Belonging, Limits, and Abundance — Science and Belief

What is our place in the world? In his seminar at the Faraday Institute last month, Dr Jonathan Moo described the current movement towards ecomodernism, which involves a separation from nature. If you want to understand this trend in more depth you can listen to the recording of Jonathan’s talk. In this post I will […]… Continue reading Finding our Place in the World: Belonging, Limits, and Abundance — Science and Belief

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The Fall: Eden & Beyond

  The book of Genesis (2:17) refers not only to the tree of life but also to the ‘tree of the knowledge of good and evil’[1]. It was the fruit from this tree that was prohibited.  It seems to me, therefore, that ‘Good and Evil’ were not new phenomena—arriving in the garden of Eden as… Continue reading The Fall: Eden & Beyond

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‘To BE or not To Be’

"To be, or not to be that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune..." Unlike the above words from Shakespeare's Hamlet's soliloquy — in which the individual bemoans his lot — suffering the lot of the 'outrageous fortunes' that befall mankind —living an unexamined fruitless… Continue reading ‘To BE or not To Be’