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Is My Church Homophobic

Did that title catch your eye? I’m being deliberately provocative. To be honest, I’m not a fan of the word homophobic. It has too many violent and broad connotations that make me feel uncomfortable about using it when discussing my experience of church. And yet I have struggled to find another word that is useful when discussing the fear, anger, prejudice and mistrust I have experienced because of my same-sex attractions...

"LGBT & The Church" by Dr Preston Sprinkle

This is a review of a recent video course produced by the US-based Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. The organisation is led by Preston Sprinkle. He has written several well-balanced books, including “People to be loved”...

Welcome to Family Church

I created this short script of an imaginary couple (Andrew and Zac) arriving at an imaginary church (Family Church). I wonder if you thought, “Sadly, this church doesn’t feel particularly imaginary!” Well, I tried not to make it too much of a caricature or too extreme. But I wanted to include a range of uncomfortable experiences...

Lessons From A Preaching Series

Citygate Church covered love, sex and relationships in an extensive talk series in Autumn 2019 (7 Sunday mornings, 2 Q&A sessions and an evening seminar led by TFT). In this article we interview Tim, one of the church leaders, on his reflections on this teaching programme...

Why Does My ‘Private’ Sin Hurt The Church?

‘Whatever people choose to do in the privacy of their own bedroom...’ 

I wonder if you’ve heard challenges that begin like that. It’s taken as a given, especially in the political realm, that private actions are just that. They need not impact others in any way. As Christians we can fall into a private/public dichotomy too. Perhaps that’s because it can be uncomfortable to consider...

Creating A Radical Welcome

What does the welcome look like in your church? Does it consist of a firm handshake and a service sheet, or is it being given a hug by someone in a bright T-shirt? We can often reduce our idea of welcoming to what the “meet and greet” team does at the front door on a Sunday morning. But genuine hospitality, of course, goes way beyond creating a good first impression once a week...

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