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They’re all going on a Summer holiday, but am I?

At first glance, the Bible seems to say very little about going on holiday. But the word ‘holiday’ comes from the joining of two words: “holy” and “day”. It is a day (or days) set aside from the regular day to day work or labour. Of course, this dates right back to the seventh day of creation in Genesis.

Becoming a Son

I grew up in a family that sometimes attended the village church, although sometimes only at Christmas and Easter. At the age of 8, I started boarding at all-boys schools. I remember, aged 12, anxiously saying to myself, “There’s something wrong with me. I’m made to love boys, not girls.”

Is My Church Homophobic

I’m not a fan of the word “homophobic” - it has too many violent and broad connotations, so I’m using it rather provocatively here. This article explores the fear, anger, prejudice and mistrust I have previously experienced because of my same-sex attractions from some individuals in a church context.

"LGBT & The Church" by Dr Preston Sprinkle

This is a review of the video course “LBGT & The Church”, produced by the US-based Center for Faith, Sexuality & Gender. The organisation is led by Preston Sprinkle and he sets the tone, getting away from the ivory tower to hear the stories of gay people.

Why Does My ‘Private’ Sin Hurt The Church?

In this article, Rob explores why our “private” sin affects others. In our individualistic society, it’s all to easy to believe that what we do on our own is just our business. He sensitively shows that God cares very much about all our behaviours, and that even our private actions affect others in the church.

"Swipe Up" By Jason Roach

“Swipe Up” invites us to hear God’s better story, how He offers a superior satisfaction and has a justifiably prior claim upon us. Jason honestly, humbly and personally tells that story through his own journey so that we, to use Ed Shaw’s words, “gaze upon God’s reality and His better love stories”.

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