Speaking to the whole person is pastorally vital

Last week, I was teaching a group of people about the Trinity. I gave them some discussion questions including

          How do you talk about this doctrine to non-Christians?

          Can God stop loving me?

          Can I lose my salvation? Continue reading

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Offence and being offended (part 5) When offence masks other emotional responses

Here’s the next challenge to consider when thinking about the “being offended”(or subjective response) side of  offence.   Continue reading

Offence -a response to some challenges to my approach

I am enjoying thinking through what it means to offend and be offended – I hope you are enjoying the discussion and finding it useful too. My primary concern when writing anything for faithroots is to think about the pastoral usefulness of what we are discussing. This takes precedent over knock about debate for me.

However, there are times when debate can be useful as it helps us to sharpen our thinking. Stephen Kneale has kindly come back and engaged further with me on this and I think it will be useful to our thinking about the pastoral implications to engage with his objections -so I want to take a little more time to respond to his articles on the subject.

So, let’s pick up on his responses here Continue reading

Causing and taking offence (part 4)

I have spent the first few posts focusing on the objective dimension of offence. This is not because there isn’t a subjective component to it or because this does not matter but because our society wants to deny and/or ignore the objective dynamic and so it ends up with very muddled thinking. Continue reading

Causing and taking Offence (Part 3)

My primary aim when writing something here is not because I fancy getting into some interesting debate but because stuff is pastorally important. So what is my pastoral concern when talking about offence. Continue reading

The Answer to Rage – Preaching to the Affections (1)

People are angry. There’s a sense of frustration, grievance and even fury in the air. As we saw in yesterday’s post there’s talk of a Day of Rage today. Continue reading