New Post on Slugger O’Toole: On Mary Peters’ Elevation to Companion of Honour

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘On Mary Peters’ Elevation to Companion of Honour.’ 

The photo is me with Mary Peters, after I won a 10km race held in honour of her 70th birthday back in … Read more...

Godly Mayhem and Radical Theology: A Weekend with Rollins, Moody and Elerick

jesus cheersThis past weekend the Progressive Christian Network and Student Christian Movement of Britain hosted a joint conference in Swanwick titled ‘Godly Mayhem,’ featuring Peter Rollins, Katharine Sarah Moody and George Elerick.

Regular readers of this blog are likely familiar … Read more...

Fr Martin Magill’s Ecumenical Tithing: Prof John Lennox at All Saint’s

john-heroThis weekend for his ecumenical tithing Fr Martin Magill visited All Saint’s Church in Belfast, which hosted a special event with Professor John Lennox, professor of mathematics at Oxford University. Prof Lennox discussed the relationship between faith and science … Read more...

Scottish Religious Cultures Network Launches Website

media_314489_enThe new Scottish Religious Cultures Network (SRCN) has launched a website. SRCN is based at the University of Glasgow, but includes collaborators from across the UK and Ireland. It is funded by the Royals Society of Edinburgh’s research networking … Read more...

‘The Last Stop: Understanding the Emerging Church Movement’ Interview with Gladys Ganiel & Gerardo Marti Published in Bearings

Bearings5CoverAn interview with Gerardo Marti and me, ‘The Last Stop: Understanding the Emerging Church Movement,’ has been published in the Collegeville Institute’s Bearings magazine.

The interview begins on page nine and is based in large part on our forthcoming book, … Read more...

Kester Brewin’s After Magic: Book Review – What can Batman Teach us about Christianity?

AfterMagicCoverFrontIt turns out Batman has a lot to teach us about Christianity.

The latest book from Kester Brewin, After Magic: Moves Beyond Super-nature from Batman to Shakespeare, takes us into the worlds of literature and comic book heroes in … Read more...

Widows’ Row by Shirley-Anne McMillan: Book Review

widowsrowI don’t usually review novels on this blog. Due to the demands of reading a lot of scholarly material in my job, I unfortunately don’t take enough time to read novels and therefore don’t feel equipped to review them.

But … Read more...

Un-Emergent for Lent: Book Review of Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be)

imageI’m an alumnus of one of Ikon’s ‘Atheism for Lent’ courses. Back in 2006, along with about ten others, I read Merold Westphal’s Suspicion and Faith: the Religious Uses of Modern Atheism. What sticks with me about the course, which … Read more...

Is the Emerging Church Liberal? Peter Rollins on Atheism

I cringe when I hear the emerging church described as liberal. I’m an American from a conservative evangelical background, so maybe that’s because I got so used to hearing ‘liberal’ used as a term of derision when I was growing … Read more...

Ian Paisley and the Pope: The Return of Dr No?

image It’s been awhile since we’ve heard the Rev. Ian Paisley rail publicly against the pope, identifying him as an ‘anti-Christ.’ But in an interview with the BBC World Service, Paisley reverted to ‘anti-Christ’ mode as he voiced his opposition to … Read more...

Christians v. Atheists? The Battle for the Buses and the Ulster Museum

image In its annual report, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA) has noted that it received 392 complaints about the British Humanist Association’s campaign slogan: ‘There’s probably no God. Now stop worrying and enjoy your life.’ The presence of this slogan … Read more...