As we enter December, how do you assess the year? Did you succeed with the goals you set? Did your plans come to fruition? If they did not, are you feeling hopeless? This was the issue the preacher was speaking into yesterday at church. It was a sermon about not […]
Red Twin loved Easter. “He is risen!” she would say, her face shining, as she waited for the response, “He is risen indeed!” It’s the moment when mourning is turned into dancing. But this Easter dancing does not come easily for me. The resurrection is what animates my hope that […]
Many readers of our blog would already know that Red Twin is dying of cancer. She was diagnosed just before Christmas last year and after multiple surgeries and some of the best groundbreaking medical treatment available, she is likely on the home stretch. I use that phrase intentionally, because this […]
This post is part of a series. A few years ago, I was on a parish council which received a request from a Korean congregation: would we be open to them using our building? It didn’t sound like a merger or even a partnership, just a congregation looking for a […]
In 2 Samuel 13, Tamar, violated, shamed, manipulated, de-humanised, debilitated, grieved, isolated and humiliated by an act of sexual violence asks, “Where could I get rid of my disgrace?” The question appears to be unanswered. In Rid of My Disgrace, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, who work with sexual assault victims […]
Esther 3 is about enemies. We meet Hamaan of course but Peter pointed out that there are two enemies of God’s people in this text: Mr Evil (Hamaan) and Mr Weak (Xerxes).
Last night our much-loved Hungry Beast ran a story on ‘gay conversion’, along with a live forum. Gay conversion, also known as reorientation or ex-gay ministry, is the Christian idea that people with unwanted same-sex attraction can become ‘straight’. Here are a few thoughts from my Christian point of view.