About Me and the Blog
I’ms just finishing his PhD on Christianity and Welsh Nationalism at Bangor’s Theology Department and have just started work as a Pastor in training at Penuel, Bangor’s Welsh language baptist church. Originally from Bangor but bought up in Aberystwyth.
I’m a Reformed-Charismatic Christian who has radical political tendencies.
So, welcome to my new blog! I say new because I’ve been blogging in Welsh, my first language, since 2004. My Welsh blog will remain as my primary blog where I ramble on about life and faith as i will be doing here but also delve into other interests i have such as Apple Computers, Greek Food and Welsh politics. But on this blog i will try and keep to the given subject of Life and Faith from a special and often neglected perspective in the wider Church. I’ll be blogging from a Welsh Language Christian perspective rather than the main-stream English or Anglo-American Christian perspective.
If there ever will be a ‘text book’ to understand me and understand the background and the Churches i come from it would perhaps be a little but powerful book by Dewi Arwel Hughes called Castrating Culture. It’s been a few years since i read Dewi’s book now and perhaps i should revisit it and talk over it’s main points and themes on this blog some time… thats a good idea actually.
Some of the issues i hope to raise and discuss on the blog are as follows:
- I will try and explain why we insist on keeping Welsh language churches going and why i believe we should be looking at planting new ones in the not so distant future. I will strive to explain that the notion that Christian witness would be best served in Wales all united together in English Churches as everyone these days speak English as ill-informed dated colonialist thought.
- I will explain why I am, along with most Welsh speaking Christians, involved in some way or the other in the Welsh nationalist movement. I will try and explain why such an aim as Welsh freedom or independence is a Christian one.
- I hope to explain to those on the outside some of the issues facing Welsh churches and Welsh language Christian witness and mission. I’ll praise and give a shout out to the good stuff that’s going on in Welsh circles; and I’ll try, gracefully, to point out the not so good aspects within the body of Welsh language Christianity.
Finally, I’d like to close by explaining that I have started this blog so that the Church at large can get to appreciate the good stuff we’ve got going and to pray about the not so good stuff that’s going on. I have not “sold out” by ditching the Welsh language to write in English – as I explained my main blog will still be my Welsh one – but i do hope that through writing in English i will bring the Welsh language Christian voice to a larger audience and therefore be in the prayers of more and more Christians world-wide.