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The Curiosity Index (10.06.2019)

White or Wrong? Andrew Wilson on form as usual: Should people self-identify as “white”? In normal conversation? In the church, or other specifically Christian contexts? On a census form or diversity survey? It might seem that the answer is yes to all of the above, and that even asking the question is the height of politically correct silliness. But I think there are at least seven reasons for taking seriously the possibility that the answer is no. Church Planting Mistakes: “I’ll Take Who I Can Get” The Simmonds brothers interviewed…

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The Curiosity Index (15.06.2017)

Illiberal Britain Yesterday the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, stepped down from his post because of the tension between faith and politics. Isabel Hardman’s comments will I think prescient for the coming generation in the secular West. He [Farron] appears to fear that the reaction to his own religious beliefs would be so illiberal as to damage his party, and therefore he must obfuscate on those beliefs when asked. We live in a society of liberal intolerance, where only certain worldviews are deemed acceptable by people who often refuse to…

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Theological conferences & inclusivity: A reply

How do you make conferences (and churches for that matter) diverse? How do you include people who, for a variety of reasons, feel excluded? That’s the issue that Hannah Mudge raised after thinking out loud about the THINK conference, a three-day event wrestling with the issues raised in 1 Corinthians. As I understood there were five questions that need addressing: THINK is a theologically focussed event, can anyone other than pastors attend? THINK is coming from the Newfrontiers family of churches, ‘known for making complementarianism a distinctive’, so are women welcome?…

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