What can the first Pentecost teach us?

(This is a reflection I gave at a Pentecost evening service at Allsaints Parish Church, Otley) Today we’re going to be continuing our prayers as we join with other Christians across the UK… Continue reading

The victorious gospel: Good news for creation, bad news for Christians

Universal restoration may do away with traditional notions of hell, but it is not wishful thinking, and it is not a coward’s route out of damnation.

Atheist Comedian Gets It Right

Here is an interview with my favourite public atheist Tim Minchin. By favourite, I mean least obnoxious and most entertaining. He seems to realise that bilious verbal attacks and endless sarcasm do nothing… Continue reading

Taking it literally

The more you look at it, the more absurd the notion of “taking the Bible literally” becomes. It cannot be done, and even using the phrase immediately reveals one’s ignorance. But that doesn’t mean it cannot be taken seriously!

The Kingdom of God… by force

One of the classic lessons of Christianity, a Sunday school staple, is the contrast between the exuberant welcoming of Jesus into Jerusalem as a long-awaited messiah king, and the contempt and cruelty he… Continue reading

How Pharaoh bought all of Egypt

In this story we have a glimpse of how all will be drawn to Christ and owned by God.

Diet of Worms

Gehenna will eventually serve it’s purpose in bringing righteousness to all of God’s creation.

Harvest Festival

How insane would it be if after the small early harvest, the Hebrew people simply forgot about or burned the biggest harvest of the year?

Growing Up

“Sorry about that, it was my two year old and I see he hasn’t cleared it up yet. All I can suggest is that you bill him for the dry cleaning.”

Free Will vs. Sovereignty

Wherever someone insists on the existence of free will, it inevitably merges with the claim that men will choose to be annihilated or receive eternal torment or separation from God rather than be saved. Thank God, literally, that this is not the case.