One of the reasons why I think the Jordan Peterson interview is not the all out unmitigated disaster for Cathy Newman that a few people think it is, is the point where she says “You’ve got me there…” I think that statement actually puts her and her approach into a whole new light. Continue reading
Presents carefully chosen weeks or even months ago, presents quickly bought at the last minute before the shops closed on Christmas Eve, presents searched for that will be just right for a loved one, presents hastily bought for the person who surprised you with a gift, presents hidden away in cupboards, presents wrapped and sitting under the Christmas Tree, Continue reading
When I first wrote about handling the difficult Bible passages in 2 Samuel about David, Bathsheba, Amnon, Absalom and Tamar, I identified 3 types of person in the narrative. The first two are
Culprits – who are causing harm to others through their sin and carry specific guilt.
Victims – who are hurt by the sin of others often subjected to shame and a sense of defilement.
However, I don’t want us to lose sight of the third category. There are those we identified as faithful servants. These are people seeking to be obedient to God and faithful to his word and promises even in the face of intense provocation. Continue reading
Why we need to talk about Sin
We need to talk about sin. It’s the last thing we want to talk about, especially in church. Church is where we sing happy songs and talk about how God is love and we are saved by grace. Sin encroaches on our safe space. Continue reading
Why do we come to church?
– Escapism, get away from the terrible things in the world and the hardness of life
– A social exercise
The reason will affect/shape how we go out into daily life – does what we do here relate to work/family/community? Continue reading
Self-discipline or self- control is a good thing and a fruit of the Spirit. Self-church discipline is something entirely different, deeply distressing and quite dangerous.
I want to suggest that most “Church Discipline” is self-administered. Remember that church discipline will often include asking people to step down from particular roles and responsibilities and eventually may include exclusion from church membership.
So, what happens when someone self-disciplines? They start to exclude themselves from things including: Continue reading
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