Posts filed under ‘Theology’

The Rise and Fall of Mark Driscoll

Mark Driscoll was, until very recently, the head of a very large church in Seattle, called Mars Hill. Priding itself on reaching out to Men (with a capital M), the church has been in a very public catastrophe for over a year, and is now headed for closure. But when did that disintegration begin? (more…)

Saturday, 22nd November 2014 at 16:52 UTC Leave a comment

Space for divergence?

I wonder what sort of response you would get if you surveyed the general attendance of British churches on the following two questions: Have you heard of the Christian Industrial Complex? What does the term mean to you? Yet I know that I’m not the only one who’s starting to feel we need new space to deal with its smothering of new ideas in today’s church.

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Monday, 23rd June 2014 at 6:00 UTC Leave a comment

Anglicans have some very problematic politics

It’s probably a surprise to no one that members of the Church of England, as a generalised group, tend towards some pretty problematic politics. Whilst official views on LGBT people and Women as potential church leaders are well documented, perhaps our positions on economics is much less well known (update: the Guardian just helpfully published this on Anglican views on benefits).

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Tuesday, 11th February 2014 at 6:00 UTC Leave a comment

‘If you can’t find a book, write it yourself!’

I’m currently reading ‘Seeking Justice’ by Keith Hebden. He handed me a free copy to review on here, and I’ll do that when I’ve finished it. But its started me thinking about a book I want to write. Its not that I think he’s gotten anything wrong in his approach, its just I feel there’s a pretty big gap waiting to be fulfilled.

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Tuesday, 12th March 2013 at 17:24 UTC 2 comments

Sowing the seeds: Tax is Liberating

Its the 6th birthday of Graham’s Grumbles today! To celebrate, I’m posting something here which I wrote for Student Christian Movement‘s blog series leading in to their Seeds of Liberation conference.

Tax has always been a contentious topic. In 1773, Britain tried to force American colonists to pay taxes on tea imports. In an act of civil disobedience, crates of tea worth nearly £1million in today’s money were thrown off ships and into the harbour. What became known as the Boston Tea Party became a rallying cry for many on issues of who gets taxed, by whom and at what rates. (more…)

Thursday, 28th February 2013 at 13:53 UTC 1 comment

Something in your eye, Mr Cameron?

I find the undertones of Cameron’s speech on Christianity quite disturbing. Whilst some have read it in a very favourable light, a look at the manipulation of American Evangelicalism by Karl Rove and other Republican Party Grandees should show just how dangerous this speech is. At a time when Bishops and other church leaders are raising their voices in opposition to

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Thursday, 22nd December 2011 at 13:03 UTC 1 comment

The Ramifications of Free Choice

There is an argument that about free choice that goes something like this: I have the right to make my mind up, and to decide as a I choose but if somehow my decision results in a later problem or inconvenience to myself, it wasn’t free choice in the first place. This arguments is applied in everything from bank bailouts to sexual health to the Christian doctrine of Salvation.

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Monday, 7th March 2011 at 16:35 UTC 2 comments

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