Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

In our last blog we discussed whether or not a gay person was putting their salvation at risk for being in a same-sex relationship. We concluded that despite the way this korero is normally framed, it is not in fact a salvation issue. For to say that someone is saved by what they do or … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P4: What about Repentance and the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

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Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

What about Hell? One of the fundamental concerns that exist for Traditionalists is that if we get this wrong, LGBTQ people will be in danger of Hell. We do an injustice to many sincere and loving Christians, if we paint them out to be simply hate filled, closed minded, bigots, for holding a traditional belief. … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P3: What about Hell? / A.J. Hendry

Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

In the last blog we briefly surveyed some examples of when the church - having been prompted by human experience, divine revelation, and scientific discovery - reformed, revised or competently changed their understanding of Traditional interpretations of scripture. At the end, we asked the question, when turning to the question of LGBTQ inclusion within the … Continue reading Can The Church Accept Gay Marriage? P2: Is There Reason to Reexamine our Theology? / A.J. Hendry

Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P1: What About Biblical Authority? / A.J. Hendry

The debate surrounding whether the Church should fully affirm Gay marriage and allow LGBTQ people in committed, covenantal relationships into positions of leadership in the church, is currently one of the most controversial debates taking place within the Western Church today. On one side you have those who sincerely believe the scriptures unequivocally condemn all … Continue reading Can the Church Accept Gay Marriage? P1: What About Biblical Authority? / A.J. Hendry

Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

I sometimes wonder if Western culture hasn't tamed the revolutionary nature of the Gospel. Having spiritualized our gospel, we have created a nice, safe, comfortable version of Christianity, more concerned with how to prepare one's inner person for the after life, than addressing what's going on in this one. And so, we have become a … Continue reading Has Western Christianity missed the point of the Gospel? / A.J. Hendry

The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry

Where is God? It is a question I find myself asking a lot lately? Where is God when a child is rejected by their parents and forced to live on the street? Where is God in the halfway house, where young teens search for meaning amongst the fog of synthetics? Where is God when hope … Continue reading The Worlds going to Hell in a Handbasket, so where is God? / A.J. Hendry

Is Christianity Meaningless Without an Answer for Human Suffering? / A.J. Hendry

Do you ever look around and think, what's the point of all this? What's the point of Christianity unless it makes a real difference for people in the world today? Last week I met with two young couples, and at the end of my time with them, I went home to my warm home and … Continue reading Is Christianity Meaningless Without an Answer for Human Suffering? / A.J. Hendry