Articles 

The transgender battle heats up

A blog is a record of your public musings and thoughts. I imagine if I searched through all the posts on here and pulled out all the predictions there would be a fair few wrong ‘uns. However, every now and then you call one right. Here’s four observations I made about this issue in June 2015 (and I can go back to 2012) Transgender is the new front-line for progressive politics Feminism vs Transgenderism The transgender debate will have consequences for the church This will change things I reckon I…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender II (Bumper links edition)

In my previous set of links I outlined three main areas of conversation around gender & the church.  The differing views on the role of women in the church This one on men and women in society The next one on the transgender movement So usual disclaimers about not endorsing and not trying to be comprehensive blah blah blah. Let’s get to it. On men, women & society Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World The Gender War Is On! And Fake Why…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (28.08.2018)

Do We Really Want Our Christian Prime Minister Making Christian Decisions? Stephen McAlpine:  The self-confessed Christian politician is called upon to release asylum seekers on the basis of their Christianity, but required to ignore or privatise their Christian faith’s conviction in the public square when it comes to other human rights matters related to Imago-Dei, such as abortion or euthanasia. Politics and Religion in India This article is a few years old now but it still gives a helpful background to the complex relationship between religion and politics. Indian secularism, by…

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Parenting by Paul David Tripp Reviews 

Book Review: Parenting

At least once a year I try to read a book about parenting. If I read too many books on parenting, I get confused and overwhelmed by all the different suggestions. I simply can’t introduce too many ideas or strategies into my parenting all at once. One book a year, take some good ideas and work hard at making them a part of your daily approach to raising your kids. Parenting by Paul David Tripp isn’t that kind of parenting book. In fact as much as it dealt with children it…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: Your children are a blessing

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14 Our children are a blessing from God, even on days when it may not feel like it – like the day I found my two little ones hiding under the sofa with a box of icing sugar and a teaspoon each. But with blessings come responsibilities. As mothers, it is our responsibility to share our faith with our children so that they…

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Christians, the early church & child abuse

One of the great tragedies of our day is that the church (and I use that in its widest form) has increasingly become known as a place where children have been abused. There are too many scandals, too much secrecy, too many cover ups of abusers using the cover of priesthood and religion. It is religion at its very, very worst. The church cannot, must not, tolerate the abuse of children. It wasn’t always this way. In fact in its earliest days Christians were famous for the opposite – the protection…

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Christian Living 

Parents, children and showing up at church

As a church planter and a father it can be easy to fall prey to a nagging fear. How will my children’s experience of church affect their faith as they mature into adulthood? I remember my own growing resentment to church and the faith struggle that caused. Will that happen to my own kids?   Raising children in the Christian faith is never easy. There are distinct challenges to raising kids in a culture which does all it can to weaken and loosen ties not by confrontation but by distraction. As…

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Articles 

Confused: About children

One of the marks over contemporary society is the way it is so clearly confused over children. In many western societies there simply aren’t enough children being born. In the 1970s 1 in 10 women reached menopause without having children, in 2010 that rate was 1 in 5. It is a demographic time bomb for a developed economy. Workers expecting to retire at 65 but living to 95 and simply not enough people to take their place and pay their taxes to support the retired. In Denmark this is pronounced enough for travel…

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