Why Christians Should Not Oppose Gay Rights

I have to admit that this is a post I didn’t expect to be writing. Over the last few weeks – particularly since the US Supreme Court’s decision to legalise gay marriage caused a flurry of articles and blog posts to pop up all over Facebook – I’ve said to myself and others that I didn’t want to write a post about homosexuality. In fact, when I told my wife that I was writing this, Read more…

Is Being Transgender a Sin?

The news and the Internet have been astir lately over the very public transitioning of the Olympian Bruce Jenner, who is now known as Caitlyn Jenner. There have been a number of responses written about this situation; sadly, not all of them were written with regard to how Jenner (or people like her) may feel upon reading them. A few months ago I was asked to do a study into transgender issues, as our church acknowledged Read more…

Book Release!

In my capacity as Assistant Pastor at Elim Church Selly Oak, one of my responsibilities is to oversee our outreach. For me, this involves two things: running outreach programs and training the church in evangelism Evangelism is something which many Christians find difficult or scary. For many years I felt the same. Some Christians question whether evangelism is even something that they need to be doing. I also felt that way for a long time. Read more…

Why God is a Feminist

There’s a lot of talk at the moment about feminism. Much of this is coming from the UN campaign He For She, fronted by actress Emma Watson. The premise behind He For She is that feminism isn’t just for women; men play an important part in campaigning for equality for women. If you’re not familiar with He For She, I encourage you to find out more by going to their website. The Bible has a bit Read more…

Praying to the Saints

I was asked recently by a guy I meet with quite often what I thought about people praying to the saints. I gave him what I considered to be quite a well reasoned response, but promised to do some further study about it. I must admit, praying to the saints isn’t something to which I’ve ever given too much thought. It wasn’t part of the church tradition with which I grew up. Although I’d never Read more…

How to Disagree with the Bible

I follow quite a few people on Twitter. My feed is full of Marvel comics and films, quotes from other pastors, the local council and a selection of celebrities who I find amusing. As I was scrolling through my feed today, I came across some quotes which had been tweeted by Wil Wheaton. They come from John Joseph Adams’ book, The End is Nigh, and they’re regarding the Bible. One quote said this: “The fairy Read more…