Can we all just admit life gets tiresome?

A meditation on living with existential dread (Photo credit: Mario Azzi) Death doesn’t make me as anxious as life—and living—does. And I know I can’t be the only one. Right? Right? I don’t know for sure if that’s something everyone feels. Like, I’m sure there are those who know of what I speak, but I’m not […]

I’m Christian and I don’t believe mental illness is “spiritual”

(Except we can agree malaria and measles are, too.) On October 30, 2016, a prominent and otherwise widely respected Nigerian pastor tweeted: “The root cause of mental illness is Sin (Rom 6:23) and the foundational solution to mental health is Salvation.” Let’s just say the tweet ended up deleted. Amid the subsequent furore on Nigerian Twitter […]

What if supernatural miracles matter less than natural means?

The title isn’t just clickbait, just so you know. I’m totally serious. And if you’ll just hear me out, I’m fully prepared to explain myself. I’ve always been fascinated by the intersection between faith and science, because in a sense I’ve always lived on that intersection: I’ve been captivated by both the Christian faith and […]

The danger of asking if there’s a God

In some ways, a reality without God would be easier to deal with. If matter is all there is, we at least know what we’re dealing with, even if it might sometimes seem bleak to think that all our loving and wanting are just the cumulative effect of otherwise random activity. And if one allows […]

If you weren’t feeling church today

Some encouragement for we the easily distracted Photo: Daniel Tseng This one is for all the people who can’t seem to focus during worship in church. We know ourselves. It’s not everyday, but there are those days. You want to pay attention, but there’s just too much going on in your head. You want to join […]

As history, the Bible isn’t quite normal

No, really. I’ll explain. As historical records go, the Bible is pretty weird. I guess I’ve always known that on some level, but it came really clear after I wrote about history and how we get it wrong. In that article, I mentioned Chinua Achebe’s quoting the proverb about how the history of the hunt is […]

3 types of church people (just for fun)

Readers, Talkers and Singers It occurs to me that one can group church people into 3 rough categories, based on their preference for expressing faith. The readers. Aka “Bible students.” Spend at least half their quiet time quiet — I mean, reading the Bible.Favourite verse: Matthew 4:4 But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by […]

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