The killing of friendship

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!”[1]

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

Advertisements

The Nashville Statement – what do Evangelicals believe about same-sex attraction and transgenderism?

Recently the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood have put together a declaration on human gender and sexuality.  You can read it here. A significant number of Evangelical leaders have signed it. Continue reading

Urban Idolatry

It used to be said that pet owners begin to look like their animals. I don’t know if that is really true, however, it has also been said that we (as individuals and as a society) begin to look like and behave like our idols. Continue reading

Guilt and Shame – objective and subjective

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

Guilt, shame and passive distance

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

Shame and/or guilt? Collective and/or individual?

Judy Wu Dominick writes about guilt and shame here.  Her thoughts can be summarised as follows Continue reading

Guilt/innocence and honour/shame revisited – more on multi-cultural church

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