There is in the UK widespread seemingly widespread support for the monarchy. Now, there is an important distinction between “widespread support” and “unanimous support.” There is a significant proportion of people who would prefer the crown to be replaced with a republic. Readers of Faithroots will know from past articles that I sit closer to… Continue reading Freedom of speech, decorum and breach of the peace
I own a lot of books. I like reading so I buy a lot of books and get given a lot of books. Sometimes I’m able to sit down and enjoy reading a book slowly and carefully over a period of time, sometimes I need to read and digest a few books quickly in order… Continue reading How I read you
The biggest concern in public health at the moment is that an escape mutation of the COVID-19 virus will emerge. This variant will have the ability to break through the current immunity defences of vaccines and natural immunity leading to a new wave of serious illness, hospitalisation and sadly deaths. The hope is that vaccine… Continue reading A breakthrough attack on abortion ethics will come at some point
There’s been another story in the news about gender and transgenderism. A girls school have now announced that the title “Head Girl” will be replaced with “Head of School”. Let’s not dwell on three issues for the time being. First of all, that the title chosen is used across the country now to describe a… Continue reading Gender is unavoidably binary
1 Timothy 6:1-2 #TheDailyDose Did Paul endorse the practice of keeping slaves? Do we have to set aside Scripture in order to oppose slavery? What implications does this have for our position on other ethical issues including men and women in ministry, same sex relationships and transgenderism?
We are currently hearing a lot of speculation about a possible third wave of COVID-19 and why this means we must be cautious about how we come out of lockdown. It has been suggested that if a third wave hits then this could lead to a return to previous restrictions and a longer period of… Continue reading COVID-19: What we need to know about a possible third wave
Out of recent conversations about church culture in the light of recent abuse scandals we’ve seen a renewed debate about complementarianism. It’s a little confusing as to how this has happened because in the cases primarily linked to complementarian leaning churches the victims of abuse tended to be young men whereas in at least one… Continue reading You are not meant to be autonomous.
I think fundamentalists and liberals tend to make the same mistake about the Bible. They read it through the same modernist lens. They miss what the Bible is saying and so they miss its applicability to contemporary life. Let me give two examples to help with our thinking. First of all, let me return to… Continue reading We miss the radical teaching of the Bible when we impose the wrong thought categories
Yesterday, Steve Kneale led with an article looking at Non-Disclosure Agreements in christian organisations. The basis of his article was a report in the Times about a Tearfund employee acting as a whistle blower. Now, my gut reaction was that when someone heads off to talk to The Times and The Times leads with an… Continue reading Why I believe that NDAs have no place in church relationships
Here is a link to an interview with Dr Ella Hill, a survivor of the Rotherham grooming gang scandal. Some headline comments The Home Office needs to urgently move to publish the report that was commissioned into grooming gang culture by Sajid Javid when he was in office. We need to acknowledge the shocking level… Continue reading Grooming Gang ideology