Steve Chalke and others on Homosexuality and Gay Marriage

UPDATE: My recent interview with Sam Allberry, a conservative minister who also experiences same-sex attraction is worth a watch on this subject. I am increasingly convinced that how we choose to respond to this issue is the biggest challenge we will face in the next few years as churches in the West.I thought I would simply today catalogue some recent statements from various Christians about homosexuality. You will see that there is quite a spectrum of opinion represented here, as I have … [Read more...]

The Gift of Today

You can watch this video as though it is just another youtube video. Or you can watch it with the sense of urgency that should come from considering the sense of terrible loss prompted by the recent mass shooting in the USA. Or for that matter, the same effect which should come on us whenever we consider any death.I was at a funeral on Friday when the father of a 31 year old daughter who had died suddenly said "The author of life has the right to decide its beginning and end . . . This death … [Read more...]

New Evangelical Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby

Justin Welby

Today they have finally confirmed that the current Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican church worldwide. My Church of England Evangelical friends are no doubt very pleased, but we must not underestimate the challenge Welby has ahead of him.The phrase "Bishop of Durham" still sends a chill down the spine of older evangelicals in the UK like me. One of the previous incumbents was infamous, and was so liberal he would not have been a … [Read more...]

Huffington Post Live: Smug Married Club Debate

Tonight I was invited onto Huffington Post Live to debate attitudes to marriage from singles and attitudes to singles from marrieds. I think it was a very interesting discussion that shows the very different ways we all think.I think I shocked them when I told the guys not to treat women like urinals. I also said that marriage is actually really hard (though rewarding!), and unless you make a decision that it is for life it's unlikely to ever work. I told them marriage was like a death, but … [Read more...]

The Christian Persecution Complex?

Over on Twitter I had a very interesting discussion yesterday with another blogger who has just moved over to Patheos. No doubt Jame's original question was probably prompted from a tweet that came from my introductory post here on Patheos. His blog is coming from a very different perspective to mine and is called Future Temple.¬† Here is what we said, oldest posts at the bottom, and as is often the case in these discussions some of our replies to each other get a bit jumbled, but I think you can … [Read more...]

Vaughan Roberts admits same-sex attraction struggles

Many of you will know Vaughn Roberts who I have previously interveiwed on my blog. In this deeply personal interview he shares how he has chosen to respond to his own experience of same-sex attraction as a conservative Christian, and one of the most influential Reformed voices in the UK.In all the heat of debate in the church and society about this matter we must never loose site of the personal challenges that are the daily experience of many. ¬†Here is an excerpt from the interview, and … [Read more...]

Complementarian and Egalitarian Bible verses

I'm not planning today to go through the arguments for and against egalitarianism or complementarianism. I thought instead that as a follow up to my "spectrum" post I would share some of the key Scripture passages that people on both sides of this debate believe are important in our understanding of this debate. If you can think of any other crucial passages I have left out, do let me know in the comments section below, via Twitter, or email.As I mentioned yesterday, I will discussing this … [Read more...]

Your authority ends at the bedroom door: Doug Wilson, Jared Wilson and Rachel Held Evans controversy

I never thought I would write this blog post. There are some internet controversies that I know immediately that I will jump feet first into. There are others that I really don't feel like getting myself involved with. This one is definitely firmly in that latter group. My head tells me that there is more to lose than gain by getting involved. Today there are few issues more likely to raise emotions among professing Christians than discussions about gender. It's not actually an issue that I feel … [Read more...]

A year on, and a return to the other country

I have had the pleasure of traveling fairly widely thanks to my job. I travel so often, and at times for such short periods, that I don't always mention on the blog when I am away. But there is one country that I tend to look forward to visiting more than almost any other. I am of course talking about the USA, often referred to affectionately by us Brits as "the other country".I look forward to my trips to the USA because I feel so at home there. I have so many friends there, and so many … [Read more...]

Bringing warmth to a fathers heart

One of my children came downstairs, after being in their room for ages yesterday, with the following list of verses. They had obviously spent a long time going thru a bible looking at highlighted verses and choosing, as they put it, their "favorite ones". I think its a pretty good list, actually, and I am grateful for the grace of God at work in this dear child of mine despite all their father's failings and imperfections. Nothing that I could hope to ever accomplish with the blog will be of … [Read more...]


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