On today of all days, there are some things I need you to know. You are a remarkable, endlessly fascinating and astonishingly beautiful creation. Every breath you take, every moment of your life is infinitely precious and you are loved more than you will ever know. And you are entitled to fall in love with, kiss, hold hands with, marry, have babies with and grow old with whoever you like. On today of all days, I want the many faces of prejudice to… Read more

Atonement theories like Penal Substitution and Christus Victor are not exactly the most straightforward concepts to grasp. Many of you are probably still wondering why I’m making such a fuss. So instead of wrestling with more complex Biblical analyses or adding more points to my argument, grab your fur coat and join me on a magical adventure into Narnia. I’ll tell a REALLY brief version of the story, explaining the Christian symbolism as we go, to set us up for the important bit at the end…. Read more

A common criticism of people like me who openly oppose Penal Substitutionary Atonement theory is that we are picking and choosing the bits of the Bible we like, whilst ignoring some of the trickier bits. I intend now to try and make it super clear that this is not what we are doing. Invisible Goggles The thing is, we all read things into the Bible that may or may not be there, based on our own understanding, cultural background and personal opinions. It’s really, really… Read more

So I’ve had a good go at butchering Penal Substitutionary Atonement theory – the idea that Jesus died to take the punishment for our sins. The logical questions that follow are: If Jesus didn’t pay our debt so we could be forgiven and go to heaven, what was the point of the resurrection? What’s the ‘good news’? What’s the point in being a Christian if it’s not about getting to heaven? Are you saying that being a Christian is basically… Read more

Sorry about the title – I had to get your attention somehow. Seriously – if you go to church and you’re not sure what I’m talking about, listen up. This is the ‘good news’ I suspect you were taught at church: We are all sinners who deserve to be punished for eternity. God wants to forgive us and save us from hell, but as he is a holy and just God, he must punish sin. So in his great love, he… Read more

The Bible is part of an ongoing story of God moving towards his people, and human culture moving very, very gradually towards God in an ever-expanding consciousness. Since the very beginning God has been pulling us forward, showing us better and better ways to be human. We’ve come a long way and we’ve got an awfully long way to go, but each breakthrough in equality and justice is a step towards God. Accepting gay people as equals is the next big step. (See my… Read more

A few months ago I organised my thoughts on Christianity and homosexuality in a post called I Think God Makes People Gay. Since writing it I have had some more thoughts, so I thought I would write those down too. I have Christian friends who believe that homosexuality is an abomination, detestable to God. I also have Christian friends who actively affirm homosexuality, and believe that the act of discriminating against and excluding LGBTQIAP people is an abomination, detestable to God. I have non-Christian friends who view Christians… Read more

“I want everyone in the world to know what is happening in Britain. People are dying, children who have done nothing wrong are being killed. We need help, please don’t ignore us.” Matthew, aged 8 The story of the conflict so far The civil war in Britain has been raging for four years, as Britain’s President and his government fight to maintain control and prevent Westminster from falling into the hands of rebel forces. There has been widespread destruction; more… Read more

1. When atrocities like this happen so close to home, we sit up and pay attention. The British media has, predictably, been all over the Paris story. I’m sure I’m not the only one to have been really shaken up by it. This is to be expected – France are our geographical neighbours, they are culturally very similar to us and we find it easy to empathise. The horrendous truth is that things like this happen around the world on a… Read more

‘Sin’ is one of those odd, stuffy-sounding Christian words that nowadays means very little outside of church. Even in church I often feel like it deserves to be tucked away, collecting dust on the shelf next to the 1950s hymn books and Bibles with missing front covers. Despite my aversion to the word itself, the concept of ‘sin’ seems as real and relevant as ever. To me, ‘sin’ describes the dark side of humanity. It is woven into the fabric of our very existence…. Read more

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