A New Love for the Old

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #26

Yesterday I suddenly realised that I love the Old Testament. Continue reading “A New Love for the Old”

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The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #25

Lost Direction

My first ever post in this series was more or less my manifesto. Coming from a Pentecostal/Charismatic background I’ve seen the movement’s brilliance but also its shortcomings, which I have personally experienced and been harmed by. I am not willing to throw out the baby with the bath water but the movement does need a reformation. On my part I do not hold any pretensions that I can save Pentecostalism but I do want to recover for myself a biblical vision of a charismatic faith. I’ve made quite a lot of progress pursuing some tough questions even though many still remain. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #25”

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #24

The Blogger and the Preacher

If you are a regular church goer like myself, over the years you have probably listened to hundreds if not thousands of sermons. If we are going to be honest with ourselves not all sermons are created equal. Some months back I wrote a piece about sermons which was inspired by something I learnt about C.S. Lewis which was at first a little disconcerting. He and his brother Warren enjoyed listening to sermons… and grading them. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #24”

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #23

The fuss with judging

I began to write on one of those popular slogans that really bothers me, the whole “don’t judge” mantra. First of all, I wanted to tackle how grossly unbiblical it is, address some of the reasons why it is popular, and finally say what we lose out on when we get rid of judgment. What I thought will be a quick article to write up, as many of my posts turn out to be, became more complicated and challenging than I had anticipated. I had to wrestle with the larger issue of justice of which judgment is a crucial subset. I was hitting so many road blocks as I tried to say what I wanted through different approaches. Then it finally hit me. Though I recognized there needed to be conversation on the oft neglected virtue and power of justice, my own views on it had not matured enough to write incisively and coherently about it. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #23”

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #22

My Love/Hate Relationship with Bible Study

One of the things I love to do is study to study the Bible but one of the things I really dread is going to church Bible study. A good example of this love/hate relationship I have with Bible study is something that happened two weeks ago. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #22”

The Pilgrim’s Penseive #21

Beautiful Ambiguity

I haven’t added a new thought to the Pilgrim’s Pensieve in a while. Maybe reading Harry Potter and the Cursed Child subliminally got me thinking about this series again. (Muggles will not understand the reference.) Taking stock of things, I have had a pretty crazy 2016 so far. Just a few days ago I realised my life was complicated. It was never a word that I would have used to describe myself but I find it to be true. Not complicated enough for a riveting book series like Harry Potter but there is a reasonable amount of unreasonableness in my life to say it is not simple. The pieces don’t fit neatly together. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Penseive #21”

The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #20

False Messiahs

In both my country Ghana and the United States we are in an election year. Our elections happen just a couple of weeks. When it comes to international news coverage what happens in the US gets far more coverage. This is understandable because the US is the most powerful country in the world. This year however interest in the American elections has been greater than usual due to the rather unusual nature of this year’s political race. Continue reading “The Pilgrim’s Pensieve #20”