(with the help of cows) 1) Positivism You have two cows. That is too small for a true statistical sample. You go off to find someone with 1,000 normally distributed, randomly sampled bovines. 2) Interpretivism You have two cows. Their reality is as valid as yours, so you decide to call them “chickens”. 3) Post-colonialism … More Research Philosophies Explained
I have discovered a secret weapon for when my little girl cries and is hard to comfort. Rather than fretting, worrying or shushing, I simply dance with her. It might look strange to outsiders but I look right into her eyes, even when they are screwed shut and covered in tears and we begin to … More The Dance and the Manger
If there were a limit to God’s grace, no one would be saved. Let’s face it, when the Bible says that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” it has us all bang to rights. Not one person on this planet could stand up and honestly say that they deserve the … More You Can Always Come Back
This is a question that came to me in the shower today. In a world full of podcasts, viral videos, personalised advertising and self-help guides, what good does preaching do? Faced with the truth that the majority of Christians hear at least 52 sermons per year but probably forget most of them within a few … More What’s the Point of Preaching?
Malachi 1: 6-14 In the last month, much of my working time has gone into one thing: yesterday at 12.10, I spoke for 15 minutes to a room full of PhD students, supervisors and senior professors. There is no way this will lead to a new job or a promotion. It is basically just a … More Is God Getting Your Best?
John 8: 1-11 There is something inside all human beings that longs for justice. From a very young age, we cry for fairness. We scream and shout if someone else seems to be receiving privileges we are not. We love to watch as people are punished for doing something wrong. We often think that God … More Unexpected Forgiveness
Two weeks ago, I ended with what might have seemed to be a rather strange statement: God became human, with all the limitations that suggests. To discover more of what that means, we need to change gears a little. Christians have this funny phrase that they use when trying to overcome a problem or work … More Unexpected Beginnings Part III
Matthew 1: 18-25 Fair enough, most of you reading this will think it is far too early in the year to be thinking about Christmas. It’s only March, after all. Still, there is much more to this story than an excuse to have young children dress in dish towels. You see, aside from the Easter … More Unexpected Beginnings Part II
I really want to apologise for the lack of content on the blog of late. Preparing for fatherhood and working on another blog on top of doing my PhD has taken up all my time. However, I have been working on a brand new project which should begin to see the light of day on … More Quick Update
Today was our last Sunday in Clyde Valley Community Church or CVCC, as its members call it. For the past 2 years or so, Helen and I have gone through some tough times and for the past eighteen months of that, we have had the privilege of being helped and comforted and supported by the … More Goodbye CVCC