Church 

The Church arrogantly claims all other religions are wrong

So after a busy week and a car buying distraction I thought I’d get back to looking in more depth at the claims Dan Kimball made in They Like Jesus but not the Church and whether they apply in the UK in the same way. Follow the links to catch up and read parts 1, 2, 3 & 4. The issue with this chapter is clear – it’s not that the ‘church claims all other religions are wrong’ that is the issue (although many churches here in the UK wouldn’t…

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The Confessional is now Open

I have a confession to make, today I almost lost my temper, I certainly did lose a good portion of my self-control. It’s one of the hazards of being a biker (just to clarify so we’re all clear: a person who pedals a bike is a cyclist, a person who rides a motorbike is a biker). So I was cut up in town by a lady in a people carrier who paid no attention to the road markings to give way and ploughed straight on causing me to nearly plough…

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Reflections on my Car

Well I’ve come to a decision and to be honest it’s been agonising. Life would be a lot easier if I wasn’t concerned about consumerism or debt or the environment, it really makes everything a lot more hassle. But then I think that’s part of the point isn’t it? We’re so not used to thinking about the ‘should I have it?’ question and given the easy availability of credit we rarely think about the ‘can I afford it?’ question either. If you can afford you can have it and no…

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Should I buy a new car?

Here’s an ethical dilemma, what would you do? My mum rings me up the other day to ask me if I want to buy a car. It belonged to my great-uncle. She forgets to tell me he’d just passed away! Anyway, he was an old man and his car is well looked after and very low mileage 5 times less than our current 17 year old VW Golf. All things being equal it would last us much longer. In theory it would cost us less to run each year, and…

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Church 

The Church is Homophobic

In evaluating They Like Jesus But Not The Church I concluded that there are some differences between how emerging generations in the US and UK react to the church (see here and here) as well as some similarities (see here). I think this topic has to be chalked up under similar.  I know plenty of people, including my younger sister for whom this is one of many issues they have against orthodox Christianity. Just this week an Anglican Bishop was judged to have unlawfully discriminated against a gay man. The continuing fiasco in the…

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Don't Mess With Your Blog

Oh my goodness! I was getting a bit tired of the standard blogger template and thought I’d personalise it a bit. I spent all day on it after I practically ruined my blog with endless ‘innovations’. Don’t be a tinker, don’t tinker! Really don’t touch, at least not if you’re as inept as I proved to be. Anyway finally returned it to some level of respectability with a new 3 column format (from here) instead of the old 2, plus a few new things as I couldn’t remember what I…

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Church 

The Church is dominated by males and oppresses females

This is the 3rd part (follow links for part 1, part 2) of my evaluation of They Like Jesus But Not the Church and whether the same issues apply here in the UK. I have to say on first glance Dan K has it bang on here. I think there’s no question that the perception is we can be sexist and even misoygnistic. It’s one of the issues that gets church into the mainstream media, with the Anglican church continuing to wrangle over the appointment of women bishops for example. Not only…

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Church Reviews 

The Church is Judgmental and Negative

This is the 2nd part (follow links for part 1) of my evaluation of They Like Jesus But Not the Church and whether the same issues apply here in the UK. I’m pretty sure that as the church is made up of humans that there will be plenty of times when the church here has been judgemental and negative. Street preachers still tend to give us a bad name. And no doubt that Christians could stand out more by being the generous, warm-hearted, compassionate people we’re supposed to be. So if I…

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