Recent comments

Richard Gunton on Intellectual servanthood (Thursday 14th November 2019 5:30pm)

Thanks, Mark, for this encouragement to think in terms of service instead of just achievement and accolades.  

Dave Hopwood on Young People Serving the Technology god (Thursday 7th November 2019 1:01pm)

Thanks Mark, helpful insights. I guess that no matter how wonderful the technology, we humans are all as flawed and fragile and broken as we ever were, needing help, hope and healing. I guess that the way Twitter has sometimes been used negatively shows that the technology may be useful, but not when we hurt each other with it.

Dave Hopwood on How to evangelise with Mafia boss Toto Riina to help you (Thursday 10th October 2019 5:24pm)

Wow! A shocking tale Mark, and yet your post shows us that all kinds of things can help us weigh up truth and love. Thanks for continuing to challenge and push the envelope regarding ways of communicating our faith and hope.

Alicia Smith on Pedagogues or parents? (Tuesday 10th September 2019 4:46pm)

This is timely and challenging - thanks Mark! The question it provoked in my mind is how aspects of this might be gendered. I think you're right to emphasise the parental meaning of Paul's metaphor over the specifically paternal, but does this get more complex when applied to actual male and female teachers, and male and female students? On one level gender differences probably make the line of what is appropriate in teacher/student interactions a bit more pressing to discern.

Steve Bishop on From food to Jesus (Friday 30th August 2019 2:08pm)

Nice one - looking forward to seeing the book!

Tim Keene on Queen Victoria and the Occult (Tuesday 16th July 2019 1:32pm)

Kipling's poem "Endor" is a chilling poem indeed

Ruth Hanson on Practising gentleness in academia? (Tuesday 9th July 2019 6:35pm)

Thanks so much, Alicia. This was really soothing and encouraging for me, as I had some rough moments in my research jobs long ago, which were partly due to gentle-feeling blunders on my part but not dealt with gently by non-christian seniors!

Brandon Dobbins on Dangerous Faith in Santa Muerte (Saturday 8th June 2019 10:53am)

You're missing the whole point you don't have to choose between Jesus Santa morta their package deal cannot have life without death Christ brings us eternal life but she comes for us all and not all those who follow her are criminals you can go ahead and pay stats that way because it's easy to serve your purposes but it's not the truth if you're a Christian you guys should speak the truth deal with your opposition truthfully don't spread lies about us I worship Christ but she will come for us all respective life without death has no balance and this world this

Dave Hopwood on Jodie Chesney, knife crime and the false worship of maths and science (Saturday 8th June 2019 10:25am)

This is sobering stuff, Mark. Reminds me of a little phrase in Judges 17, everyone doing right 'in their own eyes' - so having no outside guide to steer us. I'm also reminded of a line from a Sheryl Crowe song - 'If it makes you happy how can it be so bad? If it makes you happy, why are you still so sad?' Christianity can be seen as being shackled to an old fashioned, restrictive kind of life - yet so many are discovering that it continues to be about the truth that can set us free.

Dave Hopwood on Queen Victoria and the Occult (Saturday 8th June 2019 10:13am)

Thnaks for this Mark. The debate often comes down to - is the spiritual realm real or not? You raise here the insightful question - if the spiritual realm is real - is it all good and helpful? A really pertinent question. Reading about Jesus in the biblical gospels we find that he was very aware of the spiritual realm, and aware that some of it was not helpful. Whereas other aspects were literally life-saving! Thanks for your thoughts on this.