Book Review: Faith and the Creeds by Alister McGrath @SPCKPublishing

Faith and the Creeds by Alister McGrath Series: Christian Belief for Everyone #1 Published by SPCK Publishing on February 2013 Genres: Apologetics, Doctrine, Theology Pages: 128 Format: Paperback The Christian Belief for Everyone series comprises five reliable, accessible and readable guides to the basic ideas of the Christian faith. Full of stories and helpful illustrations, these guides have been written primarily for ordinary churchgoers but will also appeal to interested readers outside the church. The approach Alister McGrath adopts is non-denominational, very similar to the ‘mere Christianity’ advocated by C. S. Lewis. Indeed, the series may be seen as a…

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Are Christians Cannibals?

I’ve always been fascinated at how arrogance justifies suspicion in Christian circles. The title of my post today refers back to the second century when Christians gathered in churches for the regular ‘love feast’, the term given for the Eucharist or Communion at that time. For those who weren’t Christians in the 2nd century, not only did it allude to sexual orgies but these love feasts were thought to be parties where babies were sacrificed and then eaten by those gathered. What sort of sick and twisted picture of communion is that?!

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Thoughts on Graduation

On Thursday 19th July 2012, I graduated. Yes, I can now officially title myself as Dean Aaron Roberts esq. BA.Hons – but I wont! I gained my degree in Theology and I’m so thankful to God for how he has guided me through the last three years and has blessed me with this degree. The only thing now is to get selected to be a vicar! I loved graduating – seeing all those who you’ve made friends with in their cap and gown, seeing all that hard work paid off as you robe in the robing room, going to shake…

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Does the Sacred-Secular Divide even exist?!

Christians (and probably most believers of a particular religion) are not strangers to the “Sacred/Secular divide” often known as the Great Divide. I’ve been going through a lot of transition recently and I have found myself with one foot in the sacred, and the other in the secular.

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Uniform Christianity: A problem within Evangelicalism

I love this picture made by ASBO Jesus, a cartoon blog that I’ve recently decided to follow. The cartoons on it are designed to make people think about moral, ethical, theological and political issues. This particular cartoon caught my eye. Why?

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God does not “show up”.

When I was the worship coordinator at Cardiff Univeristy Christian Union, I remember a specific time when a group of us were praying ready for the weekly meeting. The speaker for that week and a little following of his also joined in the praying. At the end of the prayer session, the speaker went round all of us asking us the usual things; name, age, course, what we did in the CU and all that. But when he came to me and asked what I did, he asked in the most serious, non joking manner… “So, have you prayed to…

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Are you an Evangelical or a Christian?

Quite. Or am I being intentionally controversial again? I guess I am, but for good reason. The topic of Church Unity has been coming up again in conversation between people I work with, people I study with, and people who I hang around with. And it seems increasingly more important at the moment. Maybe the church is finally adhering to the doctrine of there being one Church? Or am I being too positive?

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Big Read 2012: Week 1: “Come as you are” Vs. “Make an Effort” Discussion on how we worship God. @BigBible #BigRead12

On Tuesday, mine and Megan’s small/house group at church started the Big Bible Project’s Big Read 2012. The course is a Lent course designed to look at Jesus in depth throughout the period of Lent. Some of the posts that I will be writing throughout the period of Lent will be reflections on some of the things that our small group discussed.

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How do you present and share the Gospel?

I’ve just noticed that a new video is coming into the limelight and is facing speculation, comment and critique. You may remember the “Why I hate religion, but love Jesus” video that I commented on. You can watch the video and read my views on that here. Over the last 24 hours though, a video has gone viral entitled ‘The Gospel Message’. It’s sparked discussion and thought. And now, I’m adding to that discussion. But where the gospel is concerned, it is important for us to think through things, and especially consider how we can communicate the gospel to others…

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Christians buy into theology too easily.

We all do it. We see something snazzy, something punchy, a cool slogan or strap line, and we think ‘Yeah! I believe that!’. All too often, the Christian Church is too lazy to get to know God through deep study of scripture, doctrine and theology. Because of that laziness, we are tempted to be willing to accept any strap lines, quotes and literature that people throw at us at face value, without even attempting to scratch the surface of the books, literature, quotes and other things that we taken in and value as ‘Gospel Truth’. Please hear me now: I am guilty…

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