The real issue which underlies the entire Brexit debate is, where does authority come from? By authority I mean not just power but legitimate power: who has the right to rule? In one sense this is obvious, because the Brexit debate is of course over the government of the United Kingdom. Of course there are … Continue reading The real Brexit issue: Where does authority come from?
At the beginning of this year we made a change to our Sunday mornings at Trinity Church York. We stopped holding our children's teaching groups during the main Sunday service, and moved them beforehand. Once they're over we have a 15 minute break before all ages join together for our service of worship. There is … Continue reading Why children need to worship God
The Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury has asserted that God should not be seen as male of female, because he is ‘beyond human language’ and is ‘not a father in exactly the same way as a human being is a father’. There is nuance in these words, rather more than in the way that the press … Continue reading The Gelding of God
Part 3 of a series on the Ten Commandments. Read the previous post here, or the first in the series here. As soon as the Ten Commandments are mentioned, many Christians immediately ask, ‘but aren’t we set free from the law?’ They have in mind passages like ‘But now we are released from the law, … Continue reading The Law of the Spirit of Christ
Polly Toynbee in The Guardian has written an article entitled 'This Christmas, beware evangelical Christians bearing gifts'. It is attacking Operation Christmas Child, a charitable project run by Christians to send Christmas gifts to children in other countries who otherwise wouldn’t receive them. The reason for her ire is straightforward: along with the shoeboxes full … Continue reading This Christmas, beware evangelical humanists offering absolutely nothing
Part 2 of a series on the Ten Commandments. Read Part 1 here. It is a strange thing that many Christians apparently believe that Jesus came to do away with the law. This is strange because Jesus so clearly said exactly the opposite: ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or … Continue reading Jesus: the one who fulfilled the Law
On Sunday mornings at the moment at Trinity Church York we are working through the Ten Commandments. These are the laws given by God at Mount Sinai shortly after God rescued the people of Israel from being slaves in Egypt. You can find the sermons available for download here. I’m going to do a series … Continue reading God’s laws: do they still apply?