Author: Carrie Shaw

19
Nov

325AD: The Year Jesus Became God

The Nicene Creed The year that Jesus became God, in Christian doctrine, is very precise. In mid-325 AD, a council of Christian bishops convened in the city of Nicaea (now known as the town of İznik, in modern day Turkey). One of the main objectives of this meeting was to settle the longstanding theological debate regarding the […]

05
Nov
Hell, Hades and Gehenna: Origins

The Origins Of Hell

Of Monsters And Men… The images associated with the word ‘hell’ seem more akin to something from a horror story; closer to fiction than fact. Yet, for many Christians, the belief in hell, a place of eternal torment for the damned souls of the wicked, is very real. The belief in the existence of a […]

25
Sep
What happens when we die - death

Death: What Happens When We Die?

Humans have been dying for a really long time. While there’s no doubt that we’ve gotten better at avoiding it, for longer, it seems it can’t be put off indefinitely. Even the most mild and mediocre of lives may get us to a grand old century or more, but old age catches up with us […]

06
Aug
The condition of grace - repentance

Grasping Hold Of Grace: Repentance

Imagine a man lost the middle of the Atlantic ocean. He doesn’t remember how he got there or where he’s going, all he knows is this endless swimming in circles. No ships in sight, he’s been treading water for hours and now he’s beginning to tire. There’s a very real danger that he will actually […]

30
Jul
God's Saving Grace

The White Flag Of Grace

The subject of God’s grace permeates every aspect of the Gospel, giving it weight and power. The saving acts of God, due to the work of Jesus on the cross and Jesus’ resurrection from the dead bring reconciliation (“atonement”) between people and God. This is why the Gospel is described as a message of hope for […]

16
Jul
Traditions are a valuable part of human life

Traditions: Good Or Bad?

One of my favourite movies is Ever After with Drew Barrymore and Anjelica Huston. It has all the right ingredients for a great story – humour, romance, drama and a feel-good ending. When I think of this movie, I have a few favourite scenes that top my list, but the one where Danielle’s father leaves […]

25
Jun
The gospel is the good news of Jesus and the Kingdom of God

The Gospel Of Good News

When we think of the gospel, we can tend to think of it in only ‘New Testament’ terms. We might be of the impression that the gospel was something that came about around the time of Jesus and subsequently spread throughout the world by his followers. While this is somewhat true, upon more extensive reading […]

04
Jun
Tips to avoid church burnout

Avoiding Church Burnout

Burnout is a state of emotional, mental, and physical exhaustion. It occurs when you feel overwhelmed, emotionally drained, and unable to meet constant demands, whether real or perceived. Eventually, you find you literally have nothing left to give, either emotionally or physically. This state often leads to a range of issues including anxiety, depression, insomnia, anger […]

28
May
God sees into our heart

David’s Story: God Sees The Heart Of Us

David, the shepherd boy-turned-king and famous author of the Psalms, is perhaps one of the most complex characters in the Bible. At times, he displays examples of great faith, leadership and spirituality. Yet, these admirable qualities are often starkly contrasted against deplorable choices and wicked actions for which he was responsible. David – A Man […]