I am a white upper middle class tertiary-educated able-bodied married Christian heterosexual man living in one of the wealthiest, highest HDI-rated countries in the world. That puts me in about every category possible for having ‘privilege’.
The objection that Christianity is intolerant is increasingly common. “Christians don’t accept the views of other people as equally valid. They think that they have a monopoly on truth. They think that they are ‘right’ and other people are ‘wrong’. How bigoted and intolerant!”
This is a bit of a pet peeve of mine. The language of ‘feeling called’ seems to be ubiquitous in Christian circles. “I really feel called to say this…”; “I’ve just never really felt called to missions”; “Ever since that point I’ve just really felt called into the ministry.” Why do we talk like that? Continue reading
Aronofsky’s Noah has been out for just over a week, and it’s already stirred up a lot of controversy. Even amongst Christians, there’s been a wide range of responses. I’ve read a bunch of different articles from different perspectives, but really wanted to wait until I’d seen the movie before I could make my own judgement. My wife and I watched it last night, so here’s my two cents. Continue reading
Some critics of Christianity are keen to point out that, according to best estimates, there are roughly 40,000 Christian denominations worldwide. This is an astoundingly large figure, and some see it as evidence that Christianity is divided; if Christians can’t even agree amongst themselves, how can they make exclusive claims about absolute truth? Continue reading
Last Sunday, we kicked off the beginnings of a new 6:30pm church service. I wrote a short post about it on the church blog, and thought I’d copy it here too. Enjoy.
Last night, a group of people gathered together in the St. Matt’s building at 6:30pm. In many ways it looked rather un-extraordinary – a gathering of just over 20 people singing songs together, reading from and talking about the Bible, and praying. Continue reading
With Christmas very quickly approaching, my church is moving through our Advent series in which we are focusing on the humanity of Jesus. Last Sunday we looked at what it means that Jesus is The Man Who Learned Obedience. The Bible teaches that Jesus learned obedience from what he suffered during his earthly life, but saying something like that raises some pretty big questions. How could Jesus learn obedience? Does that mean he was disobedient beforehand? Wouldn’t that cause some issues with what we know about Jesus?? Continue reading