The Female Doctor and a message about gender

So, what do you make about the choice of a female to play the role of Doctor Who?

  1. Couldn’t care less
  2. Delighted -this is the change the show has been crying out for to bring it fully into the 21st Century
  3. Disgusted – this is ruining a great show.

All three of those viewpoints have been expressed since the announcement. Indeed, given that a female regeneration has been the worst kept secret for a while, the delight and outrage in equal measure has been going on for much longer. Continue reading

The Big Question- Why Does God allow suffering?

This is probably the biggest and the most challenging of our “Big Questions.” It’s big because it raises philosophical questions about God’s goodness (love, wisdom etc.) and his greatness (sovereignty, omnipresence, omniscience, omnipotence).

–          Why do good things happen to bad people?

–          How can a God of love tolerate suffering?

–          God is sovereign -can’t stop the suffering

If God is a God of love and a sovereign God then why doesn’t he stop the suffering now?

But it’s also challenging because it’s pastoral.  We are not just asking hypothetical questions. It’s personal: “Why me?” or “Why those I care about?” Continue reading

Can we talk about sin?

So, the General Election campaign is off and one of the first big questions of the campaign is “Does Tim Farron (Liberal Democrat party leader) think that it is a sin to be gay?”[1] Continue reading

The Stiff Upper Lip?

This week, Prince Harry has spoken movingly about his emotional struggle following the sudden and tragic death of his mum, Princess Diana in  1997. Following on from  that, today, Prince William has called for an end to the “stiff upper lip” culture so that people will learn to talk about their emotional and mental health struggles a bit more. Continue reading

Why we should sing that “on the cross … the wrath of God was satisfied”

Not everyone likes Stuart Townend’s hymn “In Christ Alone.” Some people have a particular problem with the lyrics

“On that Cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” Continue reading

Why did Jesus die?

We are coming into Easter week and over these next two Saturday evenings we will ask two questions.

–          Why did Jesus die on the Cross?

–          Why did Jesus rise again? Continue reading

The Greatest Love Story

In the last article, we saw that the Doctrine of Penal Substitution is part of God’s Great Love story.  I thought it might be helpful to highlight some other aspects of that Love Story. Continue reading