For many unmarried people, church can feel like an unwelcoming experience. This article addresses some of the features of church life where singles, particularly those with enduring same-sex attractions, can feel marginalised. It explores how the church activity programme, the approach to teaching, and everyday church life, can affect the welcome for single people.
Everyone in my immediate family was happily married by the age of 22. I am the black sheep. Your thirties is that time of life when everyone seems to be getting married and you seem to be waving goodbye to them all from your dusty shelf. What do I have to look forward to?
Andrew T Walker has written a warm and pastoral book on the issue of transgender. He starts by setting out the context of cultural trends, gender language and where we get our authority from. He then looks at the Bible, both at individual passages and also the broad themes that go through it.
In this helpful book, Glynn Harrison firstly sets out where we are today. Then he sets out how to tell a better story that speaks into values of our society. This will equip us to respond to a world that has been failed by the so-called 'sexual revolution' and instead tell a truly better story.
Many people who experience same-sex attractions are fully committed to celibacy but struggle to do life on their own. This article poses some questions you could ask yourself as you navigate towards a decision as to whether it’s wise to share a home with your same-sex friend.
For some Christians facing same-sex temptations, they are strongly drawn to being married to someone of the opposite sex. This will be a wonderful thing for some to pursue but for others it will be unwise. This article seeks to share points of guidance for reflection, discussion and prayer.
Choosing celibacy over same-sex relationships is a good thing according to the Bible. For me personally, choosing celibacy was like a bereavement. Saying "Bon voyage" to my sexual expression and identity, the hope of finding a long-term partner and physical intimacy. For a number of years, I couldn't help but experience this as a major loss.
TFT has done much in its 40 years to decrease stigma in the church, but we would all agree that there is further to go. In this article, Donald shares some positive experiences of being included by the church, to show what can be done when we aspire to inclusion.