Real men talk about porn.

SECRET+WPI recently came upon this post about porn addiction and as a porn addict myself who has struggled on and off for many years and has been able to get it under control (with a lot of help from other people- I’ll get to that later) I take a keen eye when it comes to reading articles and blogs and pieces about porn. Especially, as it relates to Christians.

So when this blog came to my attention via Stuff Christian Culture Likes on facebook I clicked the link to read it straight away.

Now I am sure that the writer had the best intentions when writing it and I am sure they are passionate about seeing men (and women) free from porn. He is spot on when he says that porn addiction is a conversation that we need to be having.

The problem with any discussion on porn addiction that begins with hyperbolic language to make a point is that you run the risk of alienating the very people who need to hear the message. Continue reading

Why isn’t God showing up? Reading the Bible imaginatively, 3.

The best way to learn something is to just give it a go. Now I’m not suggesting that you tie some ropes around a tree and jump off the nearest waterfall to learn how to bungee jump. I want that to be clear because I don’t want a lawsuit on my hands.

What I do mean though is that it’s through trial and error that things really sink in. We need people to guide us when learning certain tasks, whether that’s through a teacher, an expert or even through a youtube video. We can’t just change a car battery unless you know what it looks like and how it fits in and which parts it connects to and so forth. Once someone shows you and is with you as you try it the best way to learn is to then give it a shot yourself and when you make a mistake you will be ready to fix it next time. If someone fixes it for you may have a working car battery but will you have the practical experience of fixing it yourself? Continue reading

Anyone can read the Bible. Reading the Bible imaginatively, 1.

There is a story in the Bible about a giant fish that swallows a man whole then spits him out after 3 days. Then there is the one about a talking ass (the donkey not ones derriere). And how about the book of Leviticus. A book that is full of instructions that seemingly make as much sense for us today as the side of instructions on our new toy where it has all the different languages we don’t speak.

It’s fair to say that reading the Bible is not always a straight forward activity. It can be confusing, annoying and downright frustrating. This is maybe the reason why the early church would read it together. There was no such idea as a ‘quiet time’. It was intended to be read in community because that was one way in which you could get a full reading of a text. (Stay tuned for that part soon). Continue reading

Matthew 7. Would the real God please stand up.

So I moved from Belfast, Northern Ireland last week to Detroit, Michigan, USA. Two cities that have actually got a lot in common. Two cities that have a rich musical history and two cities that have seen riots and trouble over the years and are in the process of rebuilding their great names. Naturally then I have been regularly checking out the bbc news website keeping uptodate with the goings on back home.

One thing that caught my eye this week was the reaction from the Health minister Edwin Poots when taking part in a debate with Sinn Fein at Stormont, on the banning of blood donated from gay men. Continue reading