Dear Lord, Can I Have a Word? A Letter from a Contemporary Clergyman…

Feb 23, 2020 by

by David Robertson, Christian Today: Can I have a word – about your word? I’m a humble clergy person who seeks to apply your teaching to today’s world. I want to spread the message of your love and grace – you know the formula. I don’t have much time for the Old Testament (except for the good bits) and Paul can at times be a bit off-putting. At least that was the case until I read my old friend Steve telling us that he had discovered the ‘lost message of...

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A.S.K 33 – Sex and Same Sex Marriage

Jan 14, 2020 by

by David Robertson, theweeflea: Of course I was going to be asked this weeks A.S.K question!   BIBLE READING: 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 TEXT: It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honourable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God; and that in this matter no one should wrong or take advantage of a brother or sister. Th e Lord will punish all...

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The primacy of Evangelism, the shiftiness of Jung and the disappearance of freedom of speech….

Nov 12, 2019 by

by Gavin Ashenden, Premier: “Once upon a time I fell deep in affection with Carl Gustav Jung.  It turned out to be a dreadful mistake. It took me up a very attractive blind alley with only a nicely camouflagedblack hole at the very end.   My reasons for befriending Jung were good ones. It was the mid 1980’s and the great enemy of faith was Freud. Reductionist, atheist and pseudo-scientific psychologist, asFreud was, Jung was a great antidote to his aggressive anti-religious scientism....

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Most Brits don’t believe the Bible is relevant to their own lives

Nov 6, 2019 by

from Christian Today: A new study by the Bible Society has found that only a minority of Brits see the Bible as relevant to their own lives. In the survey of nearly 20,000 adults, only 18% said that the Bible was “relevant to them personally”. This was despite 40% of those surveyed saying that they were Christian. Over half (52%) of the respondents agreed that it was important to know the Bible because it has shaped British culture, and a majority (61%) said that it was good for...

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‘The gospel in the public square’ – what does it look like?

Oct 1, 2019 by

By Andrew Symes, Anglican Mainstream. I’ve written before about my fascination with the last few chapters of Acts, which portray the apostle Paul on trial again and again. Here are some more reflections. While there are great differences between the early church and contemporary Christianity in the West, Luke was writing to an audience of Christians in a context in some ways similar to our own. The Christian faith was not banned; it was possible for churches to exist and even to flourish in...

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What is a biblical theology of sexuality? Part 2

Sep 28, 2019 by

by Ian Paul, Psephizo: In the first part of this two-part post, I set out what I perceive as the first four of eight affirmations about sex and sexuality in the broad narrative of the Scriptures. Look at this ‘big picture’ is an essential complement to the discussions about detailed texts, and without it the debate can sometimes get lost in the details. The first four affirmations were that: sex is a good gift from good; that we are bodily creatures, not merely spirits trapped in bodies or...

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