A personal reflection on the novel ‘Jubilee’, by Shelly Harris

Another novel picked for our book club, and this one is the best so far. Jubilee, a first novel by British/South African author Shelly Harris, is the story of two photographs. The first, taken during a street party for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee celebrations in 1977. A seemingly idyllic picture which represents the growing multiculturalism of … Continue reading A personal reflection on the novel ‘Jubilee’, by Shelly Harris

A hell of a storm for Bell

I’ve been away for the weekend and been off the internet and I’ve returned to find Rob Bell mired in the middle of an orthodoxy controversy over an upcoming book on love and grace and hell. Here’s his video. As you can see from the video, mostly Bell is just asking questions. Justin Taylor decided … Continue reading A hell of a storm for Bell

Tom Wright on Hell

In his book ‘Surprised by Hope‘ (which I am still reading!) N.T. Wright offers a concise account of the interpretations of the doctrine of Hell and offers his own account (pages 187-198). He categorically rejects universalism as a product of the liberal theology from the first half of the 20th century. However, he also has … Continue reading Tom Wright on Hell


I was talking to a local minister who works on a UPA estate the other day, and he was telling me about the make up of his community. In his area, people have very strong social bonds with their extended family group, who, by-and-large, haven’t moved far away from the home they grew up in. … Continue reading Together


I’m very much enjoying Trystan Hughes’ book, The Compassion Quest.  In the second chapter, he argues the case that everything is interconnected. Since very early on in Christianity, we have gone along with a sense of dualism between body and spirit which evolved from Greek thinking rather than from the Bible. Hughes, like others, contends that … Continue reading Snails