Billy Graham, controversy and twitter outrage

Billy Graham went to be with the Lord this week at the grand old age of 99. I never knew him personally, I didn’t get to meet him or even hear him “live.” Though I’ve watched him on the big and small screen (most memorably in 1989 when I stewarded at Mission 89 for the Bradford Live link). Yet like many, indirectly my faith has been influenced by his life work. Continue reading

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The Subversive City

 

We have an inbuilt, deep seated desire to belong.  Humans are social creatures, we look for company, we seek to build partnerships. We are at our best when we work together.  We have a desire to create, to build, to develop and improve. Continue reading

Original Sin or Original Goodness?

I’ve heard a few people from time to time complain that Evangelicals talk too much about original sin and not enough about original goodness. The complaint is that this leads to a negative attitude to humanity. We fail to see our potential for good. Continue reading

Creation Evangelism and Apologetics

I want to say a few words now about how our Doctrine of Creation and the Fall affects our approach to Apologetics.

Creation reveals God and leaves us without excuse

This theme is picked up particularly by the Apostle Paul in Acts 14, Acts 17 and Romans 1. In Acts 14, Paul and Barnabas pray for a man to be healed and in response to this miracle, the locals are about to worship them as gods. Continue reading

Faithroots Live 10th March “How do you know?”

Our first Faithroots Live  workshop in a day is on 10th March.  We will be asking the important question “How do you know?”

The day is all about how we can know the truth about God, the world around us and ourselves. We will be finding out how God speaks to us and we will be looking at some challenges to our trust in the Bible.   Continue reading

The important link between pastoral care and church discipline

We’ve been working through a teaching series called “Believing and Belonging” at Bearwood Chapel.  It’s based on some studies we put together for potential new church members. We’ve looked at questions including “What is a healthy church?” and “Who should be a member of a church?” We’ve also talked about leadership, baptism, communion, gifts and giving. The last talk is all about “Church Discipline.” In fact, going back to the original studies it is about pastoral care and church discipline.

This is important because, church discipline gets a bad press at times. We don’t like the word “discipline” it sounds harsh and authoritarian, Yet, discipline is a very Biblical concept. Continue reading

Down’s Syndrome, disability, abortion, euthanasia and the church

Last week, the Church of England Synod debated a motion concerning the rights and welfare of people with Downs’ Syndrome.  We spent a bit of time talking about this as church elders this week.  We used as oSally Phillips on DSur starting point, Ian Paul’s article here. Now, our elders’ discussion is not going to get the same level of attention, nor are we part of the church of England so what the C of E discuss and decide is in one sense “not our business.”   Indeed, whilst Ian was critical of Synod, this was not our primary focus. However, we felt it right to talk about this because: Continue reading