On not being weirder than you have to be

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One of the perennial discussions amongst Christians is around weirdness.  Christians are seen as weird.  We don’t fit in with the culture around us.  We are often mocked for our peculiarities.  Is there anything we can do about that? I would suggest that there are basically three camps in responding,  Weird it out This approach… Continue reading On not being weirder than you have to be

You are always saying no to something

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I remember someone giving me a bit of advice once to the effect that for every request you say yes to, you should say no to an equivalent request.  It’s good advice but I would push it further.  The reality that that every time you say yes to something or someone, you are at the… Continue reading You are always saying no to something

Don’t forget Pentecost

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Today, is a day of great celebration.  We are marking an important anniversary in our history.  Today is Pentecost Sunday.  This marks the anniversary of the day described in Acts 2 when the Holy Spirit came. Pentecost has sometimes been described as the birthday of the church – where it all began.  At the same… Continue reading Don’t forget Pentecost

The Cost of Living Crisis – what should the church be doing?

I started writing this little series about the Cost-of-Living Crisis back in February and I began by observing that this is something that will affect the church so it isn’t something we can just ignore. Since then, we’ve talked about the political and economic challenges of responding to the crisis. We’ve also seen what the… Continue reading The Cost of Living Crisis – what should the church be doing?

On singing when I don’t enjoy it

This week, Steve Kneale answered the question “If I don’t enjoy the songs at church, is it okay not to sing?”  I broadly agree with much of what he has to say in his article.  We live in an individualistic age where we believe that our desires and preferences come first. If we see church… Continue reading On singing when I don’t enjoy it

Building myths

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This article is a guest article from Bob Sharples.  Following on from my article recently about the myths around assuming that getting a building is a solution to your long term problems, Bob highlights to further myths that churches can believe about owning their buildings. This is not a case for or against owning your… Continue reading Building myths

Further reflections on men, women, training and the church

The other day I mentioned a little bit of controversy around the question of whether women should go to seminary.  John Steven’s, the National Director of the FIEC and a staunch complementarian has added his voice in support of women training at seminary sharing an article from Michael Bird who happens to be an egalitarian.… Continue reading Further reflections on men, women, training and the church

Letter to Premier Christianity

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Yesterday I wrote an article in response to an article in Christianity Magazine. I’ve also written to the editor asking him to act urgently to remove the article and to hold an internal review to understand how their magazine has ended up publishing false and toxic material. Here’s my letter Dear Sam, I was deeply… Continue reading Letter to Premier Christianity

If you can’t hypothetically consider taking a break from something then you may well have dependency issues

The other week, I proposed in this article that the different Christian festivals should agree to take a two year sabbatical.  Now, you may or may not have agreed with my assessment of particular Christian holiday weeks.  To be clear, when I write about our own love-hate relationship with them I know that I don’t… Continue reading If you can’t hypothetically consider taking a break from something then you may well have dependency issues