Throughout lockdown, and even a little before, I’ve been fortunate enough to connect with a range of different people either through this blog or other watering holes and gathering points of a sort. The people and contexts are all different but we often end up talking about our faith, what is happening in our societies … Continue reading The need for society within society. A culture within a culture.
As I mentioned in my last post I’m thinking about moving, and I outlined some of things I’d be ideally looking for in a church community. In this post I thought I’d take it up a level and talk about Christian institutions in the UK wholesale, or rather the lack of them. For the last … Continue reading What Do We Want? Owned Space and Thick Culture! When Do We Want It? Now!
I am hesitant to write something on this topic because it’s an absolute minefield but I’m challenged to do so partly in response to a recent post by the Minister Andrew Wilson on why we should be abandoning self-identifying as White. The obvious issue with his appeal should be apparent from that last sentence, who … Continue reading White-out? A response to Andrew Wilson
There is no easy way to talk about what I'm about to mention, even anonymous I'm trying to be light on the personal details of the issue. Yet recently I've been challenged by my view of sex as one that is arguably sub-Christian. I think my view is one that many Christians in and in a … Continue reading Buffered and porous sexuality
Over the last few years I’ve been noticing a particular shift in my beliefs. I don’t know why, because it isn’t intentional and it feels in many ways out of my control. What seems right or decent today is something I’m not sure the me a decade or even five years ago would necessarily agree … Continue reading Pushed up into the world
For a long time I thought of myself, or rather the individual, as the basis of society. Like pixels on a screen make an image individuals en masse make a society. I didn't really think the church had a great deal to say on this matter, to my mind it was something so basic that it went unchallenged. … Continue reading The basis of society
I woke up on the morning of the 9th to find the WhatsApp group for my team at work exploding with news that Donald Trump looked like he was about to win the US election. The night before I had been talking it over with my wife, I knew he had a chance but I … Continue reading On President Donald Trump
The first time I really began to take Christianity seriously was when I first opened a copy of The Violence of Love whilst travelling in South America. It is a collection of homilies by Archbishop Oscar Romero from the period leading up to his assassination in El Salvador. Prior to that Christianity had been something, in retrospect, … Continue reading Are we fully converted?
Its not exactly news to say the Church of England (CofE), overall, is still in decline in the UK. The question of where this decline is coming from however is something normally associated with age. Its really obvious in many churches, even independent churches, that the older generations are generally the more faithful in their observance … Continue reading The church and gender disparity