Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

If you were to list the top 3 doctrines you believe first of all in terms of what is necessary to salvation, what would you list look like? Now how would you draw up your list a second time, this time with the focus on how doctrine affects the Christian life and the nature of… Continue reading Justified (Romans 4:1-12)

The proposed European Super League exposes our idolatry

The news cycle moves on. What has knocked coronavirus and a royal death off of the headlines this week? That’s right, it’s football and proposals for a European Super League. The plan is for 12 of the richest and largest clubs in Europe to break away from their national leagues to form their own competition,… Continue reading The proposed European Super League exposes our idolatry

Race, class and geography (more thoughts on that report)

Just before Easter, the Commission on Race, equality and disparity reported.  The report has proved controversial with people focusing particularly on associated headlines questioning the existence of institutional racism and suggesting that the UK was in fact a positive example of improvements in race relations.  I chose to hold off from making an immediate response… Continue reading Race, class and geography (more thoughts on that report)

How do we allow others to help us remove our logs and specks?

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In a previous post I began to build on Steve Kneale’s post on the challenges of “logs and specks” in the eye of the church.  Steve said that the challenge is that we often cannot see our own logs to remove them. Here are some further thoughts. First of all, whilst I may not be… Continue reading How do we allow others to help us remove our logs and specks?

Diversity and Discrimination

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Here is today’s Afternoon Tea. We have started a conversation about race and diversity and hope to continue, hopefully with guests. Today we talked about Implicit bias. Prejudice can arise as much out of assumptions about our own superiority and experience as normal as it does out of hostility to others That in some cases… Continue reading Diversity and Discrimination

Why I changed my mind about diversity and church

A few days ago, I republished an article I wrote sometime back about whether or not our churches should focus on reaching specific cultural groups based on things like ethnicity nd class.  In the article, I argue that we should aim to grow churches which are culturally diverse. I argue against the Homogenous Unit Principle… Continue reading Why I changed my mind about diversity and church

HUP

How important is ethnic diversity to a church? At Bearwood Chapel, we place a great emphasis on this. People within the church have explicitly prayed that we would reflect the neighbourhood around us. Nb 3 there are parts to this. FIrst is seeing it in attendance and there id movement on this though there are… Continue reading HUP

Food from around the web ( 3rd April)

There has been much discussion about whether or not we can take communion at this time. You will have already seen my articles on faithroot.com and no doubt also read Garry Williams perspective which I respond to. Here are two more perspectives. Ian Paul writes from an Anglican perspective whilst Andrew Wilson comes from a… Continue reading Food from around the web ( 3rd April)