Inviting the wolves round for tea

The first Steve Chalke controversy seems such a long time ago now (there have been so many since). Chalke now complains that Evangelicals kicked him out of their alliance because he welcomed LGBTQ people into his church. That is a bit of a misrepresentation of the situation.  The issue was never about welcoming LGBTQ peopleContinue reading “Inviting the wolves round for tea”

The real problem with Gnosticism

I’ve written on this subject a few times now because “Gnosticism” seems to be the label of choice when we want to attack the position of other Christians. I think there are two problems with this. First of all, I think it prevents us from understanding the actual position of people we disagree with includingContinue reading “The real problem with Gnosticism”

Stopping a virus from spreading

As churches we have made every effort these past few months to prevent a virus from spreading. We have self isolated, we have washed our hands, we have closed down our buildings for a while and when we have reopened we have been so careful to socially distance and wear masks. It is good thatContinue reading “Stopping a virus from spreading”

False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)

I’ve watched a few online talks, sometimes the person doing the talk has a proper to start with, a coffee cup they pretend to drink from. It is embarrassingly obvious that they are miming with an empty cup. Why would you do that? We always make sure we turn up to our facebook afternoon teaContinue reading “False Teachers are useless and Dangerous (2 Peter 2:17-22)”

Does the Bible talk about money more than it talks about love, heaven and hell?

The short answer is “No.”  If it did, then you would notice it as a recurring theme when you are part of a church where expository preaching is practiced.  You would either notice that the preacher kept, accurately and transparently showing how the text applied to your wallet, or you would wonder why the preacherContinue reading “Does the Bible talk about money more than it talks about love, heaven and hell?”

False teachers, abusers and cults (2 Peter 2:10-16)

I’ve spent some time on Faithroots talking about the problem of abuse and bullying in the Church.  This has been in response to some very public scandals in the last year or two relating to high profile church leaders and organisations. It also relates to things I have observed more widely in church culture. HighContinue reading “False teachers, abusers and cults (2 Peter 2:10-16)”

Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)

He was popular on the preaching team, able to put things forward clearly and simply in an engaging way.  Then something began to shift. We noticed a change of emphasis. Then he began to speak with individuals and tell them that he wasn’t so sure. He did not come out directly and say that heContinue reading “Watch out false teachers (2 Peter 2:1-3)”