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
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
This is in effect the question that Steve Kneale raises in his blog post on the original sin debate. He argues that Christians are in effect “mud.” We are no longer seen as the good guys, perhaps with some quirky ideas and practices but at least offering a little bit of light and love to… Continue reading Are we the bad guys?
Remember the guy tweeting about Afghan and the Taliban the other day? Well, here’s another tweet from him.
When Steve Chalke infamously used his punchline comparing Penal Substitution to “cosmic child abuse” a lot of people picked up on how offensive this was towards God. I think Chalke’s defence would be that it could not be offensive to God because the God he believed in had not punished his son on our behalf… Continue reading Be careful with your offence
Did you see the news reports about he woman at Hyde Park speakers corner who was stabbed by a Muslim? Initially it was presented as a faith issue. Christian brings the Gospel in words, Muslim responds with violence. Did you see the further detail? Yes the confrontation was around Christians and Muslims but no it… Continue reading The offence of the cross should be enough offence for us
You may have seen this article in the news, it’s about a school chaplain who has been sacked following a talk in which he told pupils that they should not be forced to accept LGBT ideology. I want you to notice a couple of things here. That he did not question the right of LGBTQ… Continue reading The crucial point about the Chaplain’s sermon on gender and sexuality
One of the really sad things about recent abuse scandals in the church is the way they mirror some of the horrific things we see in the world around us. We should be able to respond and to offer something that is beautifully counter cultural. Yet instead, we are seen to ape some of the… Continue reading Scandalised
Police have decided that: “No criminal offence took place when a plane banner carrying the message “White Lives Matter Burnley” was flown over a Premier League match between Manchester City and Burnley,” No doubt, some people will be relieved and delighted by that decision this morning and will hail it as a victory for common-sense.… Continue reading Word Crimes? Thought Crimes?