This doesn’t change

EURefThis is the application I made in last Sunday’s sermon to Brexit.

If the Gospel is meant to transform the whole of our lives then this should include our attitude to politics and

current affairs. This means it should affect how we look at the EU Referendum.

The 23rd June was a big day for Britain and Europe.  Those who voted leave will be feeling happy today, there will be a sense of delight that comes with victory. Those who voted to remain will feel disappointed, sad, worried, Indeed, even if you voted to leave and think it is the right thing to do, there may well be a level of anxiety. The future remains uncertain. Continue reading

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What kind of church? A Pure Church (1 Corinthians 6:12-20)

In the 1990’s sitcom  “Goodnight sweetheart”,  Nicholas Lyndhurst stars as a Gary Sparrow who has found a time portal to the 1940s and ends up living a double life between his wife Yvonne in the late 20th century  and Phoebe a barmaid in the blitz.

We can so easily live compartmentalised lives separating out church, private faith, family time, work and personal leisure. One of the things we have been seeing in 1 Corinthians is that we cannot and should not compartmentalise life. The Gospel doesn’t just change our relationship with God but with each other and the world around us. Continue reading

Another Apologetics and evidence link

Another great link with material to help people think through the big questions about faith included challenges, questions and objections to the Gospel is  http://bethinking.org which is run by UCCF. Continue reading

And so this is Brexit

The UK has voted in a referendum to leave the EU by 52% to 48%. This is a seismic political event and it will have a direct impact on the lives of people in our communities.  Some will be waking up this morning happy, delighted even, others sad, disappointed, angry, fearful.  What happens now? Continue reading

More thoughts (and links) on public debate and social media

Following on from yesterday’s article on public discourse and social media, here’s some other links relating to the topic that might be of interest. Continue reading

The forgiven Church: Public debate and Social Media

Forgiveness doesn’t just transform our relationship with God. It transforms our relationship to others, to other believers, to the church and to the world around us. This is the principle behind Paul’s teaching in 1 Corinthians 6: 1-11 about public lawsuits.

As we looked at this passage together as a congregation we recognised that most of us are unlikely to be involved in official lawsuits. However, so often today, people are tried by the court of public opinion, by the media and by social media in particular (twitter, face book, blogs etc).  Continue reading