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Apologia pro vita sua Cafechurch Christianity Faith Spirituality in the Ordinary

Aristotle, George Vaillant, and Cafechurch

It’s been a little while since I worked on my apologia pro vita sua thread – more than time to return to it. I had a bash at this article over the weekend, and ultimately didn’t like it much, which is why this is a bit later than usual – I’d rather be late with […]

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So You Want To Run A Cafechurch

Ask a Fresh Expressioneer a Question

It’s summer holidays here in Australia, so I’m going to take a break from telling my apologia pro vita sua, and talk about a new project I’m thinking of investing my summer in, in the absence of paid work over January, and the impossibility of doing anything about that fact while the entire world is […]

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Christianity Faith Spirituality Spirituality in the Ordinary Suffering

What Jonah Tells Me About Advent

Advent is about waiting. It is the time between the “now” and the “not yet”, the darkness before dawn, the grain of wheat in the dark, silent earth. The night voyage. It is a time of waiting on the promises of God. One of my favourite stories is Jonah and his giant fish and how […]

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Christianity Culture and Society Faith Spirituality Suffering Underappreciated and Uncool Culture

Miley Cyrus and the Five Thousand Year Conversation

So, there I was. Grief, loss, suffering: a reasonable stab at Frankl’s Tragic Triad. But, as I’ve previously said, I don’t want to stop there. I don’t trust theology – or indeed people – who jump right to the happy ending without the journey. But what is the journey? Do I have to do it […]

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Christianity Faith Spirituality Suffering

Grief, Loss, and a Weekend In Lorne

A couple of weeks ago, before life intervened, I began a little series trying to lay out the building blocks of my own, personal pre-theological understanding/journey. If I’m going to criticise thinkers, I felt I should present my own position. So, this is the second one. The topic? The role of suffering, and how a […]

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Spirituality in the Ordinary

Life vs El Camino de Santiago

One of the many, many things I learned on the Camino is this: Sometimes you are wafting gently through a field of flowers, the wind at your back, and the prospect of a good lunch and good fellowship ahead of you. Sometimes you are trekking along a dirt track beside an airport perimeter fence in […]

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Apologies for no post this week.

I was hoping to post something today, something which added to my thoughts from last week. However, yesterday I was totally knackered after the Cafechurch weekend away, and I’m now stressed out with, among other things, getting my nanowrimo word count up to 50k by the end of the week, and I’m only at 40,797, […]

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Christianity Faith Religion Spirituality

A Book and a Conversation

One of my issues with the liberalism of someone like Peter Rollins is that I feel like it doesn’t create anything positive. Doubt is a powerful solvent, which is good and right, and some things need to be dissolved. The whiteboard needs to be wiped clean before something new can be created. But something new […]

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Christianity Faith Religion Suffering

From Despair to Hope?

I originally entitled this article “Why Peter Rollins Gets On My Nerves” (actually, my original title was even less polite than that, but in deference to the delicate sensibilities of my gentle readers, I restrained myself.) It’s still a kind of unofficial subtitle, but I think what I want to write about goes deeper than […]

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Cafechurch Christianity Faith So You Want To Run A Cafechurch Spirituality

The Journey Continues

One of the most helpful books I have read to explain what I am observing in Cafechurch is A Churchless Faith, by Alan Jamieson. I think it is a really helpful model of what happens to people as they come out of what he calls EPC (Evangelical, Pentecostal, Charismatic) churches. It is interesting, not just […]