Defining what I’m hoping for: a portrait of the God I’ve got to know

Outline drawing of a portion of the “Creation of Adam” painting by Da Vinci
Outline drawing of a portion of the “Creation of Adam” painting by Da Vinci

I want to believe in a God that is completely like Jesus. A God that is perfectly personified in the peaceful, love-your-enemies, my-kingdom-is-not-of-this-world Messiah.

I want to believe not in a God that loves, but a God that’s love. I want to believe in a God who would humble Himself to my meagre form, that would reduce Himself to my limited capacity to understand Him and bare my incomprehension without mockery or condemnation; who would not turn His back on me every time I marred His name but would make His face shine upon what little I have to offer…


The renewal of all things

I wonder when was the last time you read the book of Revelation in your Bible? I wonder, even, if you remember the *first* time you read the book of Revelation? Whilst I couldn’t tell you the date, I do remember it. I’d read a few isolated verses, I heard a few rumours and whisperings that “there be dragons”. But at some point in my teenage years, I sat down to read it through. And I sat with no small amount anticipation. From what I’d heard, Revelation sounded exciting. …


A second preaching opportunity arose & I still haven’t been called a heretic…Here’s the transcript:

Ever since the beginning, God has wanted His children to live in a certain way. He has always set out to create a Kingdom culture. With Adam and Eve it was a culture of stewardship, of creativity, of bringing order to chaos, and of being fruitful and multiplying.

With Abraham, in Genesis chapter 17, God promises Abraham that his descendants will outnumber the stars and calls Him to “keep my covenant” — that is to live a certain way, they were even to have a physical sign (circumcision) of how they were different, of how they were holy and set…


I recently gave a sermon, so far no-one’s rebuked me or left the church, so here’s a transcript of what I said:

Albert Einstein was teaching at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Princeton and every year he would set his students an exam. One year, he passed the exam paper to his assistant, his assistant looked over the paper and turned to Einstein, confused. “Professor” he said, “this is exactly the same exam that you set last year.” Einstein, without flinching, replied “yes, yes it is” to which his assistant asked, “well why would you do this? Why would you give them all the same questions again?”

“Because,” Einstein replied, “the answers have changed.”

I wonder how you would have felt…


‘Justice was done’, ‘social justice’, ‘the justice system’, ‘Justice League’.

Justice is on the tip of our collective tongue, a dialogically strong gravitational pull. Justice might look different through my lens than yours, we might all see a different path to justice, & all of us could retrace the steps of injustice through our lives, however deep the tread. All of us, too, have a picture of justice. Maybe a courtroom, maybe a prison, maybe a protest, maybe a redistribution of wealth. But which of these pictures, if any, looks like God’s?

Maybe we like to think of justice as…


English is lacking two kinds of knowledge. In French: connaître & savoir, in German: kennen & wissen, in Cornish: aswon & godhvos; the difference between knowing something & knowing someone.

But God knows everything. The position of every star, the number of grains of sand…& me, perfectly. Growing up, I got to know God; the relational, familial kind of knowing. The first time I remember God connecting with my intellectual knowing was when I stumbled upon predeterminism. I didn’t know the word, I just heard it said. …


A couple of years ago I was invited to write an article for the Liberal Democrat Christian Forum magazine, for which the theme was “listening”. This is a mildly edited version of that article.

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God speaks. He has always been speaking. It was how He created everything in the beginning (Genesis 1:3) & in the story of God leading His people from slavery to freedom, from the wilderness to their purpose, we see a pattern of God calling to individuals, speaking to them, & speaking through them.

God’s story reaches its pinnacle & fulfilment in Jesus — the Word of…


I remember many years ago listening to an interview of a young boy who had just won a national poetry competition. The interviewer asked him how he had felt on hearing the announcement of his victory, and he replied, “I was literally over the moon.” Of course, he wasn’t. To be so would either have been the end of him, or an astronomically expensive celebration.

The definition of ‘literally’ should be something akin to “without exaggeration or inaccuracy”, quasi-synonymous with “actually” or “in a strict sense”, but this is no longer so. It seems that for the better part of…


I love the London Underground. I don’t always love the crowds, I don’t always love the cost & I don’t always love the long ride home, but the underground itself, as a system, as a network, is amazing. I think I love its entanglements, a layout that graphs its history. I love some of the stations & their peculiarities & I love the many-hued map.

I think what I love most, however, is knowing where I’m going. I have sympathy for London tourists, trying to decipher the sprawling threads of Bakerloo, Central, Jubilee et al. All the other cities I’ve…


Of all the questions that there are to be asked (& there are many), perhaps the two most important are “Who is God?” & “Who am I?”, in that order. In a decision that can only be indicative of this author’s aspirations, I henceforth address the latter.

I write in the midst of a cultural phenomenon, on the crest of a wave of tolerance, liberty, rights, social justice and lots of lives that matter. I write surrounded by systematic labelling, by a taxonomaniacal establishment that would reduce to a tetragram the manifold nuances of my personality. I write from the…

Stephen George

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