I wanted to highlight again an important factor in our understanding of guilt and shame. Instinctively in modern, western Britain we think in terms of shame as something that is a subjective feeling. Increasingly, as we saw right back when we first looked at guilt and grace, we treat guilt as subjective too. Continue reading
Here’s a fascinating point in a book I’m reading about Saul, David and power politics in 1 and 2 Samuel. The authors are writing about the consequences of David’s adultery with Bathsheba and murder of Uriah. Continue reading
Next Sunday we start a new teaching series from 2 Samuel. What can we learn from an Old Testament teaching series? Here are a few clues to look out for. Continue reading
Here are a few more jottings about the challenges and opportunities of encouraging multi-cultural church life.
When people talk about cross-cultural challenges, one of the things that comes up frequently is the difference between honour/shame v guilt/innocence societies. It is true that some cultures seem to emphasise one more than the other. However, I have noticed that: Continue reading
The biggest challenge that we face in urban church planting is that the evangelical church is locked onto one very specific model of church planting. It depends on one large church or several medium sized churches setting aside between 20 -50 people as a core group to launch the church. Continue reading