Robin Gill is Emeritus Professor of Applied Theology at the University of Kent and Acting Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Gibraltar. Among his many books are A Textbook of Christian Ethics (4th edition 2014) and Moral Passion and Christian Ethics (2018). Here, he chats with us about his book Why Does God Allow Suffering? and his personal experience.Read more...
We are all familiar with poetry of some kind. Most likely even studied an anthology or two at school. Maybe you know a poem by heart. But how much do we really know about poetry in the Bible?
Believe it or not, at least one third of the Christian Bible (and three quarters of the Hebrew Bible) is poetry. The majority of the Old Testament was written poetically and even the New Testament makes use of figurative language. Really, you ask? Yes, really!
We were inspired by Richard Rohr’s use of poems in Falling Upward to explore poetry in the Bible. Rohr highlights poems by Gerald Manley Hopkins, Egyptian poet C.P. Cavafy and references Mary Oliver, David Whyte and Denise Levertov. He even ends the book with a meditation on When in the Soul of the Serene Disciple by Thomas Merton.Read more...
Summer is often the time we wish for throughout the year and, if especially if you have kids, can’t wait to get away for some rest and relaxation. How do you spend your summers? Do you use it to jet off to the beach? Maybe you spend time at home with family and a barbeque. Maybe you take your children on an adventure. Before the summer comes to a close, we would like to introduce you to an adventure of a lifetime. (And it might even take a lifetime to complete). We’d like take you on a journey of a self-discovery with the greatest reward you could wish for, the hero’s journey.
Based on what Joseph Campbell calls ‘the monomyth of the hero’, Richard Rohr gives us a tour of the hero’s journey in our book club feature Falling Upward. This journey is vital in building up a character to who we now know them to be. Breaking the journey down into five stages, Rohr uses this template to illustrate how the heroes of old achieved their successes. In this post, we will take a look at each stage of the hero’s journey and how we can apply them to our own lives.Read more...
On 19 July, we held an event with Terry Waite, where he spoke about his books Out of the Silence and Solitude. He spoke with great humility, kindness, and compassion. Many in attendance were young when he was captured and detained. They prayed for his release.
On our blog today, Terry has chosen some of his favourite poems from Out of the Silence, and provided notes on what each poem meant to him.Read more...
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Mankind has reinvented its heroes of old slaying dragons into superheroes facing alien invasions. We often have our own versions of a hero we look up to. Maybe it’s your favourite celebrity or social activist. Maybe even your mum or dad. And as Christians, we often have Biblical heroes we admire like Queen Ester, Joshua and especially, Jesus himself.
We were inspired by reading Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward to explore what a hero is. Rohr explores the concept of ‘the hero’s journey’. According to Oxford Dictionaries, a hero is ‘A person who is admired for their courage [and] outstanding achievements.’ The word hero never appears in the Bible once. Not ever. God himself never even describes any of his people as heroes. So how does God define heroism? Even without the mention of heroes, we are able to break down each of these described characteristics and identify what the Bible has to say.Read more...