Thanks for visiting my blog! This is a space for you to see my working as I interact with the world I live in, kind of like an open journal. My understandings are ever-developing so please contribute and question where possible.
I started becoming a Christian in early 2007 and am continuing along this path. In 2013 I completed a Graduate Diploma in Theology at Laidlaw in Christchurch, New Zealand. This was hugely re-formative for my faith and I have gone on to a Postgraduate Diploma in Theology at Otago University with the intention of somewhere along the way completing my Masters and Doctorate. My current dissertation is on the Trinity and freedom of God in the theology of Karl Barth.
For me, Jesus is the center of my faith. Almost everything about him excites me. In him, the infinite has entered into the finite so that we might know God. His teaching and radical example will always be the number one source of dis/comfort for me, continuing to profoundly shape my life. His crucifixion in somehow bringing forgiveness of sins is not something I pretend to understand but continue to engage with in my thought and practice. His resurrection, ascension and future coming bring me real hope for the transformation of our bodies and the world around us to one day be the place where creation rests and flourishes, seeing no more death or evil, and enjoying fellowship with its Creator.
Although my tradition is Pentecostal, I would not identify it as overly Pentecostal. Like others in my generation I am paradoxically sometimes both excited for and cynical of things like faith healing, speaking in tongues, and exorcisms. Nonetheless, I embrace the work of the Spirit today and seek to encounter God through this work. For me, the Church (universal) is fundamental to such a faith, doing life with those of various backgrounds, different generations and ethnicities, sharing their joys, struggles, and questions. Without my faith community, where would I be?
However, as well as being a major site of God’s work in the world, the Church has often worked against God’s purposes and been complicit in structures that reinforce the destructive and sinful ways of the world. While there is much I am still learning, I share many of the questions Christians and the world outside are asking regarding large sections of traditional and contemporary Christianity. While I have an increasing interest in feminism and the liberative potential of the biblical story, I recognise that the different patriarchal contexts of the Bible mean that it is often employed, consciously or unconsciously, to prevent women from living as fully as God intends them. Although I do not quite know what it looks like, I am open to the full inclusion of LGBT persons in the life of the Church. I think evangelicalism, especially, needs a hermeneutic which allows it to read the Bible both authoritatively and critically. I accept the theory of evolution and am actually excited about the theological problems and possibilities it introduces. If you have any questions about these then let me know!