Now is the time for New Years resolutions and bold attempts to chart a new course. For me, each year comes with adjustments, tweaks and nudges in a constant search for a better balance in life, better use of my time and above all to
Rosaria Butterfield was, at one time in her life, an English professor at Syracuse University who specialised in gender studies and queer theory. She was also a lesbian and in a committed relationship. Now, married to a pastor in a small reformed denomination that only
The issue of sexuality and the church continues to occupy much space, especially in the UK just now, you would be forgiven for thinking that the all the church cares about is marriage and is busy excluding people from it. Yet the New Testament offers
I’ve recently begun volunteering at a local nightshelter for the homeless and so far I’ve really enjoyed it for all sorts of reasons. It’s been a long time since I regularly worked with those without a fixed abode but I’ve always found the experience hugely
On Monday I wrote a post suggesting that a change in the law about marriage would lead to further changes in UK law dealing with sexuality and suggested three areas where further change might occur – polygamy, incest and the age of consent. During a
I’ve recently been reading John Bunyan’s Pilgrims Progress (in Swedish – cue applause) and was struck afresh by the following stage of Christian and Steadfast’s journey. “They presently saw a town before them, and the name of that town is Vanity; and at the town
There is much angst in the UK as it proceeds down the road to legalizing same-sex marriage. I think it is inevitable. I’ve often said that in terms of a secularist, liberal agenda the UK is perhaps 10 year behind Scandinavia. This week a Swede
When it comes to issues of gender roles and the church there are a few texts that you simply cannot avoid. Complementarians throw out 1 Tim 2:12 and sooner or later back comes Galatians 3:28. ‘Proof text’ shouts one side, ‘control text’ shouts the other.