Gangland culture knows all about the significance of looking. "Who are you looking act", like so many challenges isn't the question it pretends to be. The person asking the question knows very well who is being looked at. The real question is "who the **** do you think you are- looking at me straight in the eyes when you should be lowering them as a sign that you are inferior to me."Read more
The synod could not have been any clearer on the teaching of the Church of Ireland in relation to Human Sexuality and Marriage. Five years later what has changed? We have had a 'listening process' in the intervening period. However, in that period the Republic of Ireland has passed legislation allowing same-sex marriage whereas the Northern Ireland assembly, through motions of concern, blocked the same legislation being passed.Read more
I was the youth speaker. I was asked to address the second generation. The kids were Brits--born, bred, buttered and jammed in the UK. I was preaching to a sea of young brown faces speaking in a Babel of British accents. Some of them were even saying "innit" and "yoof!" Then, after my first session at the coffee break, I heard the two magic words: welfare state. The parents of these "yoof" mobbed me and began pleading with me.Read more
Who put Jesus to death? -- a question relevant for this passion week. Pope Benedict XVI answered the question thus: The real group of accusers are the current Temple authorities, joined in the context of the Passover amnesty by the "crowd" of Barabbas' supporters. Geza Vermes agreed with the Pope: the guilt lies, he declared, with the temple aristocracy and the pro-Barabbas mob.Read more
As of 2017, less than 1% of those born prior to 1946, remain in the workforce. Following this group are two “waves” of baby boomers - those born between 1946 and 1954 (the first wave) and those born between 1955 and 1964 (the second wave). In 2017, the first wave makes up 11% of the workforce, while the second wave is at 16%, making boomers 27% of the workforce today. The rest of the workforce is made up of Generation X and the Millennials.Read more
It seems likely that in the months to come there will be strong pressure on Evangelicals in the Church of England who are not willing to go all the way in accepting same-sex relationships to at least adopt this kind of third way approach and so in this post I want to explain why I think the three arguments for this this approach noted above are mistaken.
The reason that the first argument is mistaken is because it does not do justice to what St. John is saying in John 1:14.Read more
“What is stunning is that he got through the ecclesiastical net, especially as we now have a committee set up to pre-vet all potential bishops, and someone like this is clearly unacceptable, so I need to know how he got through the net. I am horrified.”Read more
"The [title insurance] problem appears to be with our [so-called] Dennis Canon," said a Church spokesperson at the national headquarters in New York City.Read more
There has been something incredibly sad in watching the current Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s attempt to return the 1960’s civil rights movement as a defining issue. And the world has come too far for any serious thinker to equate true justice with transgender toilet choice. As the old joke states, it’s not ‘rocket surgery.’ Just close stall door and get on with it.Read more
But to be alive also means staying alert to what is changing around us. Staying alive can also mean evading the grip of spiritual death, as in a fit of jealously our spiritual enemy sets out to rob us of what God has given us at such cost. The faithful church has always taken heresy seriously since it threatens to deprive us of what Christ won for us.Read more
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