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
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
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
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
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
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
A Pondering: A quick thought or random wondering It might interest you to know that the idea of God being a man isn't exactly orthodox Christian theology. Traditionally the Christian position has always been that God is neither male nor female. Language that attributes gender to God has been regarded as a metaphor at best. … Continue reading A Pondering: Is God a man? 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
Defining Sin has become a vital task for the Western Christian. I have wondered if at the centre of this, is a desire to say definitively who is "in" and who is "out". And as I've thought about this, I have wondered if this is fueled by a longing for certainty. Because, if I can … Continue reading Why are Christians so focused on Sin? / A.J. Hendry
What if God was more loving then we could ever imagine?
This was meant to be about hope. But, on March 15th, 51 people were killed in cold blood. And today, I had to bury a young man
The temptation to hate lies before us, tempting us to give in, to respond with violent anger against those who perpetuate and condone the evil ideology that led to this tragedy.
Instead of viewing sovereignty as God having meticulous control over every little decision and action that occurs in this world. We imagine a God who Loves so completely that He would be willing to give his creation the divine gift of free will. And by giving this gift, essentially restrict Godself.
Where is God in the midst of suffering and evil? They say, "everything happens for a reason"! "God is in complete control," "nothing happens outside his will," "his ways are not our ways," and all that jazz. But, do we really believe that?
Do you feel ready to give up? Have you reached the end of what you can handle? Joy comes...
Augustine, is well known for saying that any interpretation of scripture that does not lead us to Love of neighbour and love of God, is a false interpretation.
If Jesus is who we say he is, then the Gospel must be more then an idea that can be grasped solely by opening the pages of a book.
To believe this statement, is to believe that God is a horrendous monster. That God is the sort of being that would put his 'children' through Hell, in order to achieve some unknown end that we could not understand.
When we say that Gay or Lesbian Christian's can't participate in the full life of the church because they "are actively rebelling against the will of God" what exactly are we saying?
A Christian has no reason to think they understand where God stands in regards to the LGBTQ community, until they welcome LGBTQ people to the table as equals, and sit and eat with them'