Explore Your Holy Ghosts

posted 16/4/14

I’m currently getting ready to leave for Belfast to put the finishing touches on my Holy Ghosts event before next weeks kick off. Over four days we have the following people joining us, Screenwriter and director Phil Harrison (showing his award winning short Even Gods and his feature film The Good Man ahead of it’s […]

Noah: Aronofsky on Obsession, Madness and Loss

posted 1/4/14

With the financial success of films like God’s Not Dead and Son of Man, alongside the fact that other religious movies are being feverishly produced, 2014 has been christened “year of the bible” in Hollywood. The first big budget film of the year that aims to cash in on this relatively untapped religious market is […]

God is (the) Real

posted 25/3/14

On twitter I occasionally get asked what I think about the existence of God. It’s usually asked by someone who has a solid grasp of what the term “God” refers to, and they assume that it has the same meaning for everyone else. Hence there is confusion when I reply that I can’t answer in […]

I had a Horrible Dream in which I Watched You Die

posted 23/3/14

  The philosopher Jean Paul Sartre’s view of freedom and responsibility can initially be difficult to grasp. His claim that we are radically free to choose different options at every given moment can sound like he’s saying there’s a part of us that can weigh up different situations and then make a decision concerning what […]

Osteen, Driscoll and the Masking of our Ideology

posted 21/3/14

I once attended a conference where a religious presenter attempted to defend authentic marriage. In his argument he referred to a problem he felt was created by the kind of celebrity marriages witnessed on TV.  He argued that these take away from the depth and authenticity of true marriage by giving people unreasonable expectations concerning […]

On Keeping Ones Distance from God’s Desire (a Reflection on the First Four Major Covenants)

posted 8/3/14

  There are, broadly speaking, five major covenants in the biblical canon: the Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic and Davidic, and the “New Covenant.” In this post I want to reflect a little on the role of the first four, with a later reflection on the role of the fifth. These are basic reflections that will, one […]

Questioning Theology: Reflections on De-Centering Practices

posted 17/2/14

  A theology that’s genuinely open to questioning eventually hits a point when it must question itself. In other words, a sustained questioning theology thus inevitably leads to the point of questioning theology. This means that the very base from which theological questions are asked itself becomes a question. Apophatic theology (the name given to […]

Faith as Constant Revolution: Some Thoughts on Heretics, Tricksters and Cynics

posted 13/2/14

Fundamental reformations that transform the constellation we use to navigate and understand religious life have occurred at various times throughout history. These events don’t simply call religion to live up to its ideals, but rather transform the very way we understand those ideals. They are thus fundamental ruptures in the very coordinates of religious understanding. […]

Hocus Pocus: The Pledge, Turn, and Prestige of Faith

posted 9/1/14

Join my friends and I on March 14th for a unique day of talks, workshops, reflections, music, magic and general mayhem based on the themes of my new book The Divine Magician. This event will be of interest to those interested in the theory and practice of Future Church (Pastors, youth leaders, and students). We’ll be exploring […]

Pyrotheology and the political

posted 10/12/13

Being born and raised in East Belfast, Northern Ireland, my work developed from the context of The Troubles. “The Troubles” refers to the systematic violence that began in the late 60’s and ended with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998. During that time 3,500 people lost their lives, which, considering the population […]