Taking It Literally

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Recently we spoke in church about the dangers of taking the Bible literally. It is probably something that we all do a lot of the time, consciously or unconsciously. After all, that is often the way we have been taught. Even those of us who try carefully not to take the Bible literally sometimes find ourselves doing so as the vivid characters just seem to leap off the pages. (Ahem, I don’t mean that literally, either.)

Abraham, assuming that he is an ...

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Post-Christian Society in the UK

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Or, “With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day”
by Anya Glew

I THINK we all heard the words of the former Archibishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, who described the UK as a “post-Christian country”, and said that the era of widespread worship was over. This subject was covered in The New Scientist issue of 3rd May, and I found their article to be very thought-provoking.

For example, ...

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Issues in Sexuality

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How do we respond pastorally to same-sex couples within our congregations? What theological and Biblical tools can help to shape our thinking about same-sex relationships? These and other questions were the focus of a pastoral training day held at Roomfield Church in February 2014.

Focusing on the theme of Christians Exploring Issues Around Sexuality, we considered some of the insights from different academic disciplines as well as looking at Scripture. The day was facilitated by Sue Clements-Jewery and Revd Brian Davison, ...

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