The word holiness can give rise to thoughts of legalism. Or it can bring to mind the image of someone who is dower and puritanical - isn’t it a shame that the puritans didn’t smile for their portraits?! For example, when I was volunteering on the TFT speaking team a few years ago, I remember one of my colleagues being called a Pharisee - unfairly, I should stress! Rightly teaching what God’s Word says on ethics and godly behaviour can so easily cause this reaction.
Within the Body of Christ, we have a family responsibility to one another as God’s children. When we start to think about our spiritual brothers and sisters, it soon becomes apparent that we have a responsibility to all of our fellow members in how we behave. How much are we challenged by what Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12:26: “if one part suffers, every part suffers with it”?
Christians can still struggle with gender stereotypes. Unable just to choose a different gender, as some would now advocate, we can be left wondering how to navigate any struggles with gender stereotypes while still remaining faithful to our biblical worldview.
The questions posed by Roberts in this short but meaty book deserve consideration by all of us seeking to get to grips with the fast-changing nature of sexual ethics in our society.
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 (SSA), can feel marginalised.
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 the current language and values of our society.