Category Archives: Christianity

New Book – God’s Plan for the World

In this book author Robert Laynton takes an overview of what scripture has to say about God’s Plan of restoration, renewal and reconciliation and in the process considers what it means for each and every one of us – whether we are Christian or not. Continue reading

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Theology – Why bother?

I’ve met more than a few Christians who take a dim view of studying theology. Either they are worried about it damaging their faith, or they dismiss it as irrelevant to the real world of Christian living. Yet, every Christian, whether … Continue reading

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The Thinking Christian

I am a thinking Christian. That is what I am. That is the gift that I have. I am not an Overseer/Elder or a Deacon. I don’t have the qualifications for those roles. I am not a teacher – I have not been formally asked to fill the role of teacher and again, I do not consider myself to be qualified to fill that role anyway. But I think a lot. Because of the makeup of my personality and temperament, I need to anchor myself with a good cognitive foundation – a good understanding, a firm perception and apprehension of basic principles – so that I am orientated, so that I know where I am, and so that I know what direction I am travelling in and what my destination is. I find myself constantly asking questions about Christianity and sometimes I find that the answers that I get are not adequate – so I have to explore the theme for myself, more deeply. So, all being well, I eventually find answers that seem to satisfy the questions that I have asked. Continue reading

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Labels and Paradox

The adept looks at the material universe and declares that it is ‘Real and not real’. Or they may say: ‘I know all things, I know nothing’. Along with Christian Dominican Meister Eckhart they may say ‘In order to know God I must get rid of God’. To those who have not attained this level on the Inner Spiritual path, such statements often seem nonsensical, but of course that is the point – the Transcendent Essence of the Divine cannot be encompassed by rational conception. Continue reading

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Equality, Differences and Levelling

Equality between Jews and Gentiles, (Greeks or non-Jews), in terms of the gospel and entrance to membership of the Kingdom does not mean that Jews and Gentiles are therefore the same. They are different. They are each coming to God from different places. Although there is no difference between Jew and Gentile in terms of the offer of the gospel, there are nevertheless very real differences between Jews and Gentiles at this present time. These differences do not mean that Jews are ‘superior’ to Gentiles, or that Gentiles are ‘superior’ to Jews because the power of sin levels out these two groups to a position of equality in terms of the gospel. Continue reading

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Attitudes in Prayer

Attitudes in prayer I am sure that many of you will be familiar with images of devotees within Islam at prayer in their mosques. They kneel and at various points they prostrate themselves on the floor of the mosque as … Continue reading

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Labels, Categories and Belief

Labels, Categories and Belief Labels, categories and concepts – We all need them. We all use them. They provide a kind of shorthand that enables us to communicate with each other without having to go into detailed explanations every time … Continue reading

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