Singing Lessons

In recent posts I’ve suggested we might need to be cautious about the assumption that the 19th July will immediately inaugurate the return of full churches, no masks and a return to congregational singing. I suggested that an interim step might be to encourage different parts of the congregation to sing either a whole songContinue reading “Singing Lessons”

How (not) to be a guilt driven church

#TheDailyDose – Ephesians 2:8-10 The book we bought and the book we read Rick Warren’s best sellers “The purpose driven life” and “The purpose  driven church” –but a lot of churches and Christian lives feel “guilt driven” …not purpose driven What do I mean …. Trying to bridge a gap “For it is by graceContinue reading “How (not) to be a guilt driven church”

Complementarianism and Singleness

I want to engage a little bit further on the question of complementarianism and its implications for church life.  I want to pick up particularly on a question raised by someone on twitter  which was to the affect of “what does complementarianism have to say to single people?” They used themselves as an example, theyContinue reading “Complementarianism and Singleness”

Recovering our first love

I’ve been writing over the past week or two about how we encourage reform that affects church culture so that what we believe about grace affects how we live.  We’ve seen that central to that is seeing the importance of love as central to the mission of the church. Today, I want to talk aContinue reading “Recovering our first love”

Abolition of Slavery – late adopters?

I’ve written about how a careful reading of Scripture demanded the abolition of slavery. The existence of the slave trade and the continued ownership of African slaves went against God’s word, specifically Paul’s teaching in his letters (including in Ephesians 6).  Those who were subjected to the brutality of slavery will have got it. EventuallyContinue reading “Abolition of Slavery – late adopters?”

Slaves and Masters

Today’s #DailyDose is a look at Ephesians 6:5-9. In it I argue that whilst the teaching has analogous implications for employer relations in the workplace, we shouldn’t rush there without thinking first about the original household context. I also wrote in greater depth on the abolition of slavery in this pdf e-book which “Wesley andContinue reading “Slaves and Masters”

Fathers and Mothers/Sons and Daughters

#TheDailyDose … a look at Ephesians 6:1-4. Key take aways We obey our earthly fathers because we have a heavenly father … and because it is the right thing to do. The promises concerning parents and children are based on the parental responsibility to teach God’s word and bring the Gospel to children. There isContinue reading “Fathers and Mothers/Sons and Daughters”