The era of ‘gay and evangelical’ has, it seems, arrived in Britain. A number of American authors have been arguing that the two are compatible for a few years now, but the last few weeks have seen the publication of two books likely to have a far greater impact here in Britain: the autobiographies … Continue reading Vicky Beeching, Undivided, and Jayne Ozanne, Just Love: A review essay
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Sussex 22nd May 2018 Your Royal Highnesses As a Christian minister, I am writing to you first, to congratulate you on your wedding and to assure you of the prayers of our church. It is our great desire that God should bless you through your marriage … Continue reading A Letter to Harry and Meghan: on human love and God’s love
I was reviewing our Safeguarding policy yesterday and came across this sentence in the ‘definitions’ section: Abuse is the maltreatment of a child or vulnerable adult by inflicting harm or failing to prevent harm where there is a duty to do so, including cases of neglect. I hope no-one would have a problem with that … Continue reading The definition of harm
Here is a Bible Overview that we’ve used for the children at our church, divided into days for an Advent Calendar. In our family we cut out the first three columns of this and put the slips of paper into an advent calendar (along with some chocolate – that’s optional!). This year we’re going to … Continue reading A Bible Overview for Advent
This is a slightly edited version of an article I originally posted in 2015. The original can be found here. Fifty years since the passing into law of the Abortion act on 27th October 1967, the necessity of Christians protesting about the appalling barbarity of a society which kills its children has not decreased. Abortion … Continue reading Responding to fifty years of abortion: Addressing the whole issue
The Christian Union of Balliol College Oxford has been banned from the Freshers Fair because of fears about the impact Christianity could have on the lives of freshers. It sounds like they’ve been doing an excellent job. Balliol College Oxford JCR, the body that represents students, has reportedly banned the college Christian Union from … Continue reading Can Christianity harm you? More than you could possibly imagine.
It’s not possible for Christians to be unconcerned about evangelism. The gospel of Jesus is good news: and Jesus presumed (for example in Matthew 25:31-32, which I’ll be preaching from this Sunday) that the whole world would in time be in a position to answer for how they had responded to him. So Jesus’ church … Continue reading Ordaining Elders: Evangelism, Part B