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


Taking Scripture seriously: Why Steve Chalke gets the Bible wrong

Steve Chalke has been posting a series of 95 short film clips to mark the Reformation. His aim is to encourage a conversation and in effect a new reformation in our approach to Scripture.

In video 10 he talks about the Bible being a library of books that reflect the faulty cultural views of the authors.  This means that:

“These books chart the long discussion between God who inspired, initiated and pushed the conversation forward and men and women created in his image.”

“These books reveal the all too often partial but at the same time gradually expanding human understanding of the character of God and what it means to be human.” Continue reading

Why we should sing that “on the cross … the wrath of God was satisfied”

Not everyone likes Stuart Townend’s hymn “In Christ Alone.” Some people have a particular problem with the lyrics

“On that Cross as Jesus died, the wrath of God was satisfied.” Continue reading

The Greatest Love Story

In the last article, we saw that the Doctrine of Penal Substitution is part of God’s Great Love story.  I thought it might be helpful to highlight some other aspects of that Love Story. Continue reading

An offensive salvation

In an earlier post, I mentioned that there had been an attempt to link Evangelical Theology to the causes of violence and abuse. This stemmed from the allegations emerging about John Smyth but some commentators have linked this to the wider Public School system.[1] Continue reading

Guilt Grace and Forgiveness (Part 1) “Why do we need to talk about guilt?”

I‘ve found, when I’m preaching, that when I touch upon the subject of guilt, something resonates. I pick up on it subjectively as I sense people’s attention being grabbed and as I watch body language and facial expressions. I pick up on it objectively as the level of feedback picks up!

So guilt seems to be something we need to talk about, even though we don’t always want to and not everyone wants us to. In fact, that’s the odd thing isn’t it? Whilst the reaction to me talking about guilt is there, if I told you that I was going to talk a lot about guilt then you probably would have second thoughts about attending church for a while. Even mentioning “guilt” in the title here will put some people off reading! Continue reading