After more than a year of the pandemic many of us feel tired — and for good reason. Many have experienced physical illness, bereavement, unemployment, mental health difficulties or isolation.
Those of us lucky enough to keep our jobs or business are working longer hours and/or juggling homeschooling.
If ever there was a time to listen to the Bible’s teaching on contentment it’s now:
“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in…
Forgiveness is beneficial for mental and physical health. Holding grudges is also inconsistent with my Christian faith. But what to do if my efforts to forgive repeatedly fail?
In the past 6–8 years, I’ve been hurt by a few people close to me. I wondered whether I would ever be able to forgive them.
But I came across the REACH model — a method for helping us to forgive others — which has helped me overcome these painful emotions.
Even for our fractious times, the past few months have been testing. President-elect Joe Biden has promised to unite the US after the most divisive election in living memory.
Europe faces its own challenges. By December 31st, the UK plans to leave the European Union after 45 years of membership. The recent beheading of a school teacher after a class on freedom of speech exposed painful divisions in French society.
I began my career as a psychologist back in the 1990s. Psychological theories of tribalism captived my imagination as we grappled with how the past horrors of Nazi Germany and…
Joe Omundson sees science and religion engaged in a battle. When the United States entered World War II, Winston Churchill is said to have written in his diary, “Ah, so we’ve won!” Although there were many more years of fighting left— the outcome was clear.
Similarly, Joe sees religion as outgunned by the superior capabilities of science. Religion will lose more and more territory before inevitable surrender.
I found Joe’s article interesting, partly because I’ve moved in the opposite direction to him. As a Christian who grew up in a non-religious family, I can remember making similar arguments in the…
The first novel in English, Pilgrim’s Progress, was written in prison. Even more remarkably, in class-obsessed 17th century England, the author John Bunyan was a handyman (a tinker) with little education.
What are the experiences that shaped a tinker to write one of the great masterpieces of literature?
In all my reading of Bunyan, what has gripped me most is his suffering and how he responded to it. What it made of him. …
Race continues to dominate the headlines. We seem to be in an endless cycle with yet another black man getting shot by police, Jacob Blake this week in Wisconsin, followed by riots.
There is also the shocking case of Ota Benga. More than 100 years after the kidnap and exhibition of a 12-year-old Congolese boy in the monkey house, the Bronx Zoo recently apologised. How the cover-ups and silence were maintained this long is chilling.
But surely we can console ourselves that things are getting better? That we have a more enlightened view of race than the past? Or do…
“My people have committed two sins:
They have forsaken me,
the spring of living water,
and have dug their own cisterns,
broken cisterns that cannot hold water” (Jerermiah 2:13, NIV)
When I read this verse from Jeremiah, it often reminds me of a taxi ride I took from Osh (in the south of Kyrgyzstan) to the capital Bishkek (in the north).
It’s a beautiful mountain lined journey. In the summer, searing 40C (100F) heat on the flat is followed by a chilly -5C (23F) in the mountains all in the space of a day.
For most of the journey, there…
Church leaders, such as Ben Lindsay, have pointed out the church’s reluctance to talk about race. One reason some have cited for this hesitancy is a focus on preaching the Gospel and leaving politics to others. This argument is understandable but ignores the importance of racial equality in the New Testament.
If someone asked you, “What is new about the New Testament church?” How would you answer?
Justification by faith? No, Abraham already knew this:
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6, NIV)
Paul answers this question directly in Ephesians. The “mystery of…
Jonathan Edwards was a key leader in the evangelical awakenings of the 18th Century. George Marsden (Professor Emeritus of New York University) argued Edwards and Benjamin Franklin were the two key figures in the development of modern America.
But like us he was a flawed person, aspects of Edwards’ personality were a hindrance to his ministry and relationships. Yet by God’s grace, he was an effective servant of God.
To understand our personalities we have to work from some model of personality. The Enneagram is popular among Christians but empirical evidence has identified problems with these tests. …
A key argument for the reliability of the Gospels is that they are based on eyewitness accounts. But Bart Ehrman, an agnostic New Testament scholar, points out:
“The Gospels are ultimately based on memory… At every stage of this ‘remembering’ experience (mainly: remembering what someone else said), people are trying to recall something that happened to them (or that they heard). Memories are faulty. That’s a problem when dealing with oral traditions in circulation for decades.”
Ehrman uses psychological research to argue the Gospels are composed of distorted and unreliable memories.
For example, his book, Jesus Before the Gospels, cites…
I’m interested in the application of psychology to theology and Christian living.