David’s judgement and the difficult matter of a child’s death

When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, he thought he had got away with it but God saw and God was not pleased. In 2 Samuel 12, God sends the prophet Nathan to pronounce judgement. David repents (you can read his confession in Psalm 51).  God forgives David, his life is spared. However, he is told:

“You won’t die for this sin.  Nevertheless, because you have shown utter contempt for the word of the Lord by doing this, your child will die.”[1] Continue reading

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Urban Idolatry

It used to be said that pet owners begin to look like their animals. I don’t know if that is really true, however, it has also been said that we (as individuals and as a society) begin to look like and behave like our idols. Continue reading

The Problem with prejudice another perspective (part 3 )

We have seen the danger of prejudice including “implicit bias.” This includes:

  1. The danger that if I have an implicit bias against others I may misjudge them, I may mishear them. I may fail to see what they have to offer, fail to encourage them in their gifts and fail to hear truth from them.
  2. The danger that I may experience of perceive implicit bias from others means that I will hear everything they have to say as loaded, subjective and prejudiced. I may miss the truth when it is spoken by them. I may mistrust them and reject the love that freely offer.

Here are some reflections on how we can move forward. Continue reading

Move us into action

A few weeks back the Bishop of Burnley went to the New Wine Conference and challenged the hearers on their attitude to the poor.  There was a bit of media reaction and a bit more social media reaction.  Continue reading

The problem with prejudice – another perspective (part 2)

Last week, Sarah Champion was forced to resign from the Shadow Cabinet. What did she do wrong? Well she wrote an article for the Sun in which she said

“Britain has a problem with Pakistani men raping and exploiting white girls.”[1] Continue reading

The problem with prejudice from another perspective (part 1)

A few articles back we mentioned the something called “implicit bias” that Duncan Forbes has been blogging about. This is where people have a bias/prejudice against a specific group within society that is not explicit and indeed may not even be conscious but does substantially affect how they view others.

Duncan’s concerns resonated with quite a few people on social media, especially those from and working in working class/estate contexts. There is a concern, as one person put it, that “the church has a class problem.” Continue reading

Advocacy – Another example of acting for justice

One of the ways in which we have tried to support justice is by seeking to stand alongside people seeking justice through our immigration system – particularly asylum seekers. The immigration system is exactly one of those examples of justice been distant and difficult to access. Continue reading