Category: Belief Matters

“Under Pontius Pilate”

We are always in danger of forgetting what the Christian faith is actually all about. We might slip into the assumption that the Christian faith is a kind of philosophy,...

“Suffered…”

Until reaching the line in the Apostles’ Creed that begins “Suffered…”, you would think it has been describing a perfect world. It has spoken of the God...

“Born of the Virgin Mary”

The whole Bible is a story of faithful women and miraculous pregnancies. Israel’s story begins with a promise to Abram and Sarai (later renamed Abraham and Sarah). A...

Diversity within the divine

What would the world be like if we were all more alike? This isn’t just a philosophical question. In many ways, we live as though we wished others were more like us....

“Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit…”

Even in his mother’s womb, Jesus is permeated by the Spirit.

“And In Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord…”

Before there was any Apostles’ Creed, the earliest Christian confession consisted of just two Greek words: Kyrios Iesous, “Jesus is Lord.” The Apostles’ Creed...

“Maker of Heaven and earth…”

The early church had to define its beliefs and commitments against the hugely popular cultural phenomenon known as gnosticism. Gnosticism was part of a wider cultural...