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

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How important exactly am I? -when we demand too much in friendships

And now to Precosia.  In some respects, I find this the saddest of all the scenarios we have looked at.  Why do I say that? It’s not to diminish the seriousness of the other situations. However, I think that generally speaking we are more likely to get what is stake with the other ones.[1] When it comes to friends falling out, we may well underestimate the damage it does to congregations: unity is broken, ministries are disrupted and witness is compromised. Continue reading

What difference does it make? A Rooted Question

In my talk about “Who is God and what has he got to do with me?” (Rooted 1). I said that the response we give to the two questions “Is God great?” and “Is God good?” will affect our lives and relationships with others. Continue reading