A Christian Response to Transhumanism

Technology has revolutionised the way human beings interact with the world. The invention of the microscope allowed us to learn about the building blocks of life. The discovery of nuclear fission introduced an entirely new energy resource and paved the way for the creation of powerful nuclear warheads. The advent of the internet enabled instant…

Is Jesus Just a Good Man? Part 2

In the previous post we saw that Jesus claimed to be God, which leads us to the question: was he a lunatic, a liar, a legend, or Lord?  Let’s consider each of these different views. A Lunatic? Was Jesus insane?  Did he have a psychological disorder like the ‘Messiah’ complex? This isn’t a new accusation…

Is Jesus Just a Good Man? Part 1

What sort of person claims to be God? When I was twelve years old, I had a strange encounter with someone who claimed to be the Son of God. My brother and I were waiting at the train station near our home one autumn evening, on the way to a school concert in which we…

Making Sense of Notre Dame

I spent a weekend in Paris last autumn, and one of the highlights of the trip was visiting Notre Dame. I shuffled slowly around the cathedral, admiring its intricate artistry and genius craftsmanship. So I was shocked and saddened earlier this week to witness a massive fire tearing through one of the most historically significant buildings…

Finding Our Identity In Christ

This article was originally published in Evangelicals Now. What does it mean to have our identities rooted ‘in Christ’?  This question has perhaps never been more relevant in a world which has an increasingly fragmented understanding of identity, as people are encouraged to embrace fluidity in both their gender identity and sexual orientation. So how can Christians…

Ireland’s Referendum Result

The result has not yet been officially announced, but the exit polls of yesterday’s referendum in Ireland suggest a landslide victory in favour of repealing the 8th Amendment.  If this result stands, then today marks a historic and sad day for the country as it votes to remove the constitutional right to life for the…

Review of “Sipping Saltwater”

Idolatry is at the core of our everyday experience.  We often turn our hearts towards something or someone other than Christ, and this is the subject tackled by Steve Hoppe’s first book, Sipping Saltwater. In it I found a compelling analysis of the problem of the human heart, combined with some practical suggestions of ways…

Is Your Worldview Hindering Your Evangelism?

Despite some positive qualities, postmodernism and secularism pose significant challenges to Christianity. And a postmodern worldview doesn’t just affect non-Christians but followers of Jesus as well.  I came across an interview from Wretched.org which highlighted some of the obstacles facing Christian evangelists in today’s postmodern culture. Below is part of the interview between the Todd Friel…

The Decline Of Culture Could Be A Golden Opportunity

There is a growing consensus that the West is in a period of steep moral and cultural decline. By casting off the shackles of morality, secular humanism has not delivered on the freedom and peace that it once promised. And we are dealing with the legacy of that failure today.  Four out of every ten marriages…

Reframing the Abortion Debate

A few months ago Stephanie Gray, the co-founder of the Canadian Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform, presented a pro-life argument to an intelligent, socially liberal audience at Google.  The abortion debate has been a key component of the ‘culture wars’ in North America (and Europe) for the last half a century, so what contribution could a…

Review Of “The Selfish Gospel”

Like a fast-spreading illness, selfishness is rampant within the Church.  So argues Freddie Pimm, the author of The Selfish Gospel. Pimm isn’t the first writer to comment on the corrosive influence of individualism on the Church.  But he does provide a fresh perspective on how the 21st Century Church has been tainted by selfishness and “lost its transformative…

Right To Die?

A terminally ill child has been helped to die in Belgium for the first time since the country removed age restrictions on euthanasia two years ago. Senator Jean-Jacques De Gucht confirmed the death of the sick child last Saturday. He said the minor was from Belgium’s Flemish region, but declined to provide any further details about the patient to protect the…