The week before, we had discovered that Olivia, one of Karen and David’s twins was now pregnant aged 17. This week picked up on the consequences and followed Matthew (16) and Olivia’s intense, heart breaking struggle about whether or not to keep the baby or to have an abortion. Continue reading
Some of you are facing what seems to be terrible injustice. You have been falsely accused. People have said hurtful things to you. In our church community, quite a few people have experienced received negative decisions about immigration or benefits. Often, it’s not just the decision that affects them but how it was made and the tone with which it was delivered Continue reading
Last Sunday morning, I was preaching on 2 Samuel 1. One of the key themes that came through during the sermon was “grief and mourning.” How and why did we end up talking about grief? For me, this highlights the beauty of sequential, expository preaching. Would I have chosen to preach this passage if I was just choosing my own passage each week or selecting a series of topics to look at? Probably not, and we would have missed so much. However, we were constrained by an expository approach to look at a passage together and that’s how the application came out. So, here are three things we might have missed if we didn’t have expository preaching. Continue reading
So, what sorts of idols might we face in urban contexts? I asked this question on twitter and got a question back in return “Do you mean those living in urban contexts or those ministering in urban contexts?” 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
We have seen the danger of prejudice including “implicit bias.” This includes:
- 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.
- 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