REVIEW: The Plausibility Problem: The Church and Same-Sex Attraction


My post yesterday generated quite a bit of interest. The comments section over there is quite interesting, and so far it has been very civil, which is all too rare when this subject is discussed. It seems to me, however, that some people felt I had not gone far enough, some people felt I had gone too far, and some people were confused about just how far I had gone!To summarize what I am trying to say on the subject, I really believe that the Church has a serious problem with how it has t … [Read more...]

Why Christians should support International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia


Today is commemorated around the world as the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia.  In this article I want to persuade you that Christians should support such a day, and speak out against violence against gay people, against discrimination, and against rejection. We should instead offer an olive branch of love to these human beings as made in the image of God, and people for whom Jesus died.I was speaking to a friend recently who told me that when he comes out as a … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Michael L Brown and Matthew Vine debate: Can you be a Gay Christian?

Apologist, author, and radio show host Michael L Brown debated author Matthew Vine about this contentious issue. I am sure that whatever your position on this matter, you will find the debate to be of interest.For further reading see alsoGod and the Gay Christian - a round up of critiques What is a Christian? What is an Evangelical? How to tell if you are an Evangelical or a Progressive Christian The Baptist Union to allow differences on Same Sex Marriage Interview on Same Sex … [Read more...]

AIDS and the Evangelical – a case study in compassion and social justice

I was ten when AIDS was first clinically observed. I remember that early attitudes to this, among the media and general population were revulsion and fear. There was a lot of ignorance. People worried that AIDS might be easy to catch. Even as a young man, as I became more aware of AIDs and how it was transmitted, I remember thinking that the human race were fortunate that this was not a more readily transmitted illness like, say flu.There was a lot of angst about the idea of a new illness. … [Read more...]

God and the Gay Christian – a round up of critiques


This month on the Patheos book club a new book by Matthew Vines, God and the Gay Christian has been featured.  A number of Patheos bloggers here have responded very positively to the book (see the book club page for links).There was also a web chat where this book was welcomed as an important contribution to the current debate on how Christians should view homosexuality.As an example of how some bloggers are viewing this, here is one of the book's endorsements: "God and the Gay … [Read more...]

Interview on Same Sex Marriage with Baptist Union Spokesman Stephen Keyworth


One thing I am determined to do on this blog is to fairly report significant developments in the Church, especially when it concerns the parts of the Church I am most closely associated with. I have been what is often called a credobaptist all my Christian life, and my marriage certificate even says I was "married according to the rites and ceremonies of the Baptists" standing underneath a C.H.Spurgeon -laid foundation stone. So what happens in the Baptist Union matters to me.Yesterday I … [Read more...]

The Baptist Union to allow differences on Same Sex Marriage


The title of a recent Premier Radio news story "Baptist Union to allow gay marriage ceremonies" could be read in a way that slightly misrepresents the UK Baptist group's position, as it appears that there will not be any gay marriages in Baptist Churches just yet.They have nonetheless made a radical change. As regular readers will be aware, Steve Chalk's Oasis Trust was recently removed from the EA over their position on the Bible and homosexuality. Chalke's church has not been removed from … [Read more...]

Steve Chalke’s Oasis Trust removed from Evangelical Alliance over the Bible and Homosexuality


In a statement reproduced in full below along with Oasis' response, the Evangelical Alliance have today discontinued the membership of Oasis Trust, the organisation which Steve Chalke leads.For a number of years now,  Steve Chalke, who was once the UK's leading Evangelical figure has been drifting away from a typically Evangelical approach to the Bible. This began ten years ago when Steve Chalke rejected the traditional Evangelical view of what the cross accomplised as "cosmic child … [Read more...]

Reformed minister Vaughn Roberts speaks about being gay as a Christian

Vaughan Roberts is Rector of St Ebbe's Church, Oxford, here in the UK. He is also the President of the Proclamation Trust.  He is one of the leading figures in the British Reformed Evangelical movement. He also someone who experiences same sex attraction.  He and some of his friends have recently launched a website called Living Out which describes their own experiences of living with gay feelings within the UK Evangelical church.  Those involved in this include Sam Alberry who I have inte … [Read more...]

Does God hate Gay people?


Conservative Minister with same sex attraction speaks out:If for some reason the video above does not work you can try watching on youtube direct. The UK has now passed legislation allowing Gay Marriage, to hear Sam's views on this view the video from around 40 minutes. This video is a Google hangout with my friend Sam Allberry in which we discuss his brand new book Is God anti-Gay? Sam is a Reformed Evangelical Minister in the Church of England who also experiences pr … [Read more...]