Tim Farron, that question again and worldviews

Remember during the General Election when Tim Farron (at the time the Liberal Democrat’s leader) was asked whether he thought gay sex was a sin or not? Well, you probably have noticed that he has been asked about it again, this time by Premier Radio. He now says that he regrets not sticking to his guns on what is and isn’t sin.   Continue reading

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Toby Young, Eugenics and Genetic Screening

Whilst we’ve been talking about other things on faithroots.net, one of the big UK controversies has been about a guy called Toby Young who was appointed to the new Office For Students, provoked an outcry, was defended by some senior politicians, tried to stay in post before eventually giving in to the twitter storm and resigning. Continue reading

Deuteronomy, rape, sexual violence and a deeper approach to application

In the last article we had a close look at Deuteronomy 22 but any preacher reading should have been screaming “You’ve only one part of the job.” You see, in the first article we didn’t touch too heavily on application. And yet this is so important. I have been strongly critical of a more liberal approach to Scripture that discourages the deep interaction with the text that it wants to claim. However, my own conservative evangelical constituency can miss out too if we simply look at these texts as apologetic problems and when we see them think purely in terms of “How am I going to explain that one.” Continue reading

Does the Bible require a woman to marry her rapist?

One of the reasons why people like Steve Chalke are asking us to re-evaluate the nature and role of Scripture is because of some of the challenging texts that seem to go against our contemporary cultural ethics and even against Christian morality.

One of the examples given of this is Deuteronomy 22:28-29 which the NIV translates:

“28 If a man happens to meet a virgin who is not pledged to be married and rapes her and they are discovered, 29 he shall pay her father fifty shekels[c] of silver. He must marry the young woman, for he has violated her. He can never divorce her as long as he lives.” Continue reading

Immigration, Asylum, Marriage and Documentation

On a couple of occasions, I have been asked if we could provide a church blessing for a marriage without including the civil/legal aspects of the marriage. This arises because the individual is awaiting an immigration decision and therefore does not have the relevant documentation to satisfy the Registry office for notification of marriage. I have then been asked if we can do a religious blessing of the marriage, so that the couple can live together as a family.  Continue reading

The problem of Genocide in the Old Testament

We need to start with an honest admission –this is a difficult question.  Some things are tough for us to understand and accept in our culture.  This is both because of Continue reading

Why did God let Donald Trump become President of the United States?

When this question came in, my interviewer looked a little nervous “We don’t want to get into politics on a Sunday morning!” He said. And in that context, he was right. The Gospel is bigger than party politics and political personalities and so we are careful not to get into that type of debate. Continue reading