I’ve found that as you get older your tastes and preferences change. One thing for me has been the festivals and seasons that I prioritise and that move me. As a child it was very much all about Christmas. Now I find that the two marker points through the year are increasingly are Easter weekend (including our Good Friday breakfast and communion) and Remembrance Day/Remembrance Sunday. Continue reading
Power has been unavoidably on my mind over the past few weeks. Not, I hasten to add because I’m in the middle of a power struggle but because this word seems to sum up a lot about what is happening in the wider world and because it is a key theme running through our Bible teaching Continue reading
We’re about to teach through a section of 2 Samuel that includes
– The humiliation of David’s ambassadors by foreign ruler
– David’s affair with Bathsheba and murder of her husband Uriah
– David’s son Amnon raping his half-sister Tamar
– Absalom’s coup and public taking of his father’s concubines to have sex with
A common theme throughout this story of men exercising their power through sex, controlling and harming others for their own satisfaction. They do that with the knowledge and implicit support of others who use this knowledge for their own gain.
This series has been planned for a long time, so God’s timing is perfect. Here we are with sex scandals in Hollywood and Westminster, with men standing accused of using power to exercise control over others, tales of harassment and sexual violence whilst people in the know kept their mouths shut. Particularly in Westminster, the suspicion is that party whips, journalists and rival politicians may be tempted when scandal comes to their attention to stay silent and use the knowledge for their own advantage. Continue reading
One of the hardest situations is when an elderly relative dies and we don’t know if they put their trust in the Lord. A question came up at our youth version of #FirstLook this week. Here’s some quick thoughts. Continue reading
The week before, we had discovered that Olivia, one of Karen and David’s twins was now pregnant aged 17. This week picked up on the consequences and followed Matthew (16) and Olivia’s intense, heart breaking struggle about whether or not to keep the baby or to have an abortion. Continue reading
In his lament for Saul and Jonathan, David says of his friend:
“How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan! Oh, how much I loved you! And your love for me was deep, deeper than the love of women!”
Some people have picked up on this verse and the other accounts of David and Jonathan to argue that this is an example of and a Biblical argument for homosexuality.
I want to make two points about this. Continue reading