What Is A Christian?

Only God Knows Who Are His. The starting point has to be that God is the only arbiter of who is and who is not a Christian. We can draw our lines where we will, but we will be wrong.

The Olympic Lie

The utopian optimism of being able to achieve anything as long as we work hard enough has to give way to a realistic assessment of ourselves as fallen creatures.

Books I Have Read: A Wilderness of Mirrors

In summary; if you are looking for a well thought through presentation of the Christian message against the background of contemporary culture, you won’t do much better than this.


The breadth and depth of monastic influence in the church can be sketched quickly by observing the lineage of attitudes and actions that have been approved by almost all Christians everywhere. If we read the Scripture in our native languages, we benefit from a tradition of biblical translation inspired by the monk Jerome (ca. 342-420). If we sing together the praises […]

Onesimus Cheats and Then Puts the Boot In

I find it increasingly difficult to come up with anything new to write on this blog and I’m often tempted to recycle a post from the past. Sometimes, I write something that seems new and fresh, only to find that I had posted something almost exactly the same in 2006. Anyway, Onesimus (who was my […]

The Church in the North and West

This week, I’ve been reading Global Mission: Reflections and Case Studies in Contextualization for the Whole Church, edited by Rose Dowsett. It’s an excellent book which should probably be included as a basic text in any undergraduate mission training course. Over the next day or two, I will be posting a few quotes that I […]

Driscoll, Kandiah and Cultural Assumptions

One little corner of the Internet has been all of a flutter over the last day or so, following on from some rather unwise remarks regarding the British Church by an American celebrity pastor. I normally avoid this sort of thing like the plague, but I reckon that the root of this issue is actually […]

The Gods of Christmas

With the brilliant mixture of humour and insight which makes the Beaker Folk blog absolutely unique, Eileen has written about the God’s of Christmas. He’s a fairly useless god, is Santa. He builds up your hopes till Christmas Eve and then, like the hopes of snow in early December, he melts in the misty drizzle […]

Bethlehemian Rhapsody

Following on from yesterday’s Christmas music video, here is another one. This has been doing the rounds on the internet and I can’t remember which bloggers posted it first. This post is more than a year old. It is quite possible that any links to other websites, pictures or media content will no longer be […]

Darkness and Light

The British press have, rightly, been full of reports about the death of 10 Aid workers, including one British doctor, in Afghanistan over the weekend. The ten who died worked for a Christian Charity, the International Assistance Mission. IAM is a humanitarian organisation which has worked inside Afghanistan for forty years providing healthcare to people […]