A Prayer for Sunday 16th August 2020

Abba, You who loves dearly all You created, however they look, feel, identify or express themselves, we thank You for your unfailing, unyielding, uncompromising adoration which holds us when we stumble, cradles us when we weep and enfolds us when we lean in. We lean in now Spirit as we pause at the end ofContinue reading “A Prayer for Sunday 16th August 2020”

Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Afterthoughts

So, after yesterday’s epic post on the Clobber versus used to teach against homosexuality, I wanted to end the week by pointing to some resources which give us positive teaching, verses we can use to celebrate diversity and difference, break the shackles of old covenant teaching (if we believe homosexual behaviour is prohibited under this)Continue reading “Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Afterthoughts”

Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Discussion

Having given lots of context in my blog yesterday, which I urge you to read before you read this one, I’m going to dive straight in today. I’m going to look at the main verses of the Bible used to teach against homosexuality and gender fluidity in the order they appear, and discuss one alternativeContinue reading “Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Discussion”

Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Foreword

This couplet of blogs has been brewing for a very long time. Months of study, prayer, making notes, revising them, reading various versions of the Bible and supporting texts. I’m going to do my best to lay out the distilled version of what has led me to move from a stance of passive uncertainty aroundContinue reading “Those ‘Clobber’ Verses: Foreword”

In Support of LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters

I recently found out another Church in my town is going for Inclusive Church status. That will make three, out of well over fifty. A small step, but a significant one, and I will be joyful about it. Next week, I am going to be hosting a guest blogger, who will be sharing his storyContinue reading “In Support of LGBTQ+ Brothers and Sisters”

A Prayer for Sunday 9th August 2020

Oh God, your world is tired. I’m tired. So tired I can hardly write. Oh God, your world is tired. Give us hope. Draw our attention to the ways you are working to bless your people, through community projects, support groups and neighbours doing amazing things for thise around them. Focus our minds on allContinue reading “A Prayer for Sunday 9th August 2020”

A Gift from a Child

My Mum’s favourite Christmas song is ‘In the Bleak Midwinter’. My Husband hates it and finds it rather problematic! But I love the image of the small, meek person, presented as having nothing, but offering up their greatest treasure, their heart. In my head, I see a weeping Jesus, bowing to receive it, maybe kneelingContinue reading “A Gift from a Child”

Reflections and Resolutions

Oh what joy. The salt in the air, the movement of the breeze. The freshness tingling all around in the very atoms of the atmosphere. The gulls, the sand, the roll of the waves, the call of the foghorn and that moment, oh that moment, where the tide is going out and the water almostContinue reading “Reflections and Resolutions”