I don’t exactly know how I tripped into friendship with Jesus. Was there a catalyst? Probably a few. All I really know is that after I read the gospels, I couldn’t stop thinking about Jesus. He felt extremely disturbing, in a way that was attractive, beautiful, and somehow familiar. That sense haunted me until I … Continue reading I don’t care if I’m a Christian
If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will save it. Luke 9:23-24 There are a variety of calls to be “crucified with … Continue reading With whom are you crucified today?
Written by Ben Wood, originally posted on his blog, summeroflove85.wordpress.com Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. (Hebrews, 13.2). Angels are part of the fabric of the Hebrew Scriptures and the New Testament, yet their identity is starkly elusive. The word … Continue reading Angels Among Us
In a world characterised by so much brutality and suffering, it is a bold person who still asserts that human beings are ‘made in the image’ of a loving God. If there are marks of divinity in human beings, the deity in question appears to be terrifyingly cruel. In 2015, the Los Angeles Times reported … Continue reading It Takes Guts to Believe that God Loves You
"I am not a God afar off, I am a brother and friend; Within your bosoms I reside, and you reside in me . . ." —William Blake, Jerusalem The Emanation of the Giant Albion As a person who experienced, and continually experiences, a spiritual intervention through the person of Jesus, I cannot help but … Continue reading The Challenges of Incarnation
“A miracle,” says one, “would strengthen my faith.” He says so when he does not see one. Reasons, seen from afar, appear to limit our view; but when they are reached, we begin to see beyond. (Pascal, Pensées) Luke and Matthew’s accounts of Jesus’ birth are in many ways documents of ‘glory’. In the Nativity … Continue reading The Secret of Jesus: Against Imperialist Christianity
Originally posted on the summeroflove85.wordpress.com, the blog of Ben Wood from Britain Yearly Meeting Our Modern Contradictions In recent discussions of non-theism within Britain Yearly Meeting, one theme keeps on resurfacing. Many Friends tell me that they find themselves to be “non-theist” simply because they can no-longer accept what they think traditional God-language entails- a … Continue reading Quaker Non-Theism and the God of Pascal