Mud pies in the slums: The Wait of Glory

C.S. Lewis was wrong, I reckon. In The Weight of Glory he famously says that we satisfy ourselves making mud pies in the slums because we don't know how good it is to build sandcastles at the beach. WRONG. I've built sandcastles at the beach. I know what it's like to sit in the sun … Continue reading Mud pies in the slums: The Wait of Glory

Losing my religion: Why I am NOT a Christian writer

The first time I was told I wasn't a Christian because of something I'd written was after the publication of my first book, This Little Piggy Stayed Home: Barlow, Chambers and the Mafia. As the title suggests, it was about the Mafia, which I'd been investigating for my employer, The West Australian Newspaper, for more … Continue reading Losing my religion: Why I am NOT a Christian writer

What’s love got to do with it: Theology and its defences against the dark arts

Towards the end of my very brief career as a theologian in a conservative, fundamentalist, NZ theological college, I had come to the sad realisation that theology, as an academic discipline, is unable — incapable rather than unwilling — to say things about love that art, even in its most popular forms, is more naturally … Continue reading What’s love got to do with it: Theology and its defences against the dark arts

Darth Vader and the problem of evil: The worst sermon ever preached

Some moments are so embarrassing, so cringeworthy, so regrettable, they deserve to be canonised. If it's true that we learn from our mistakes, it's probably also true that our mistakes can teach others. And if not, well ... maybe they'll just give them a bloody good laugh. The worst sermon ever preached in the entire … Continue reading Darth Vader and the problem of evil: The worst sermon ever preached

American Movie draws back the curtain

The Dysfunctional Williams Family's expedition to watch one movie from our iTunes library each night for the next year continues. After Friday night's solo viewing of Alien, I followed that up Saturday night with Aliens—also alone. There's just no stomach in the Williams household for movies about creatures that burst from ... the stomach. I … Continue reading American Movie draws back the curtain

World cries out for cruciform love: a dialogue with Brad Jersak

I had a dialogue today with Canadian author and theologian Brad Jersak about the death of American evangelicalism, the retributive violence of the Trumpian-Christian worldview, and what theology might look like as it moves back into the public square and offers hope in these dark times. The following is a snippet: David: “What is the … Continue reading World cries out for cruciform love: a dialogue with Brad Jersak