Theology & Church

Cheap grace: theology which fails to safeguard the vulnerable

At the moment the Church of England is being investigated by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. Initially the focus is into the safeguarding of children in Chichester diocese.  This will be followed by a focus on the handling of Bishop Peter Ball, who was imprisoned in 2015 after admitting abuse of 18 young people… Continue reading Cheap grace: theology which fails to safeguard the vulnerable

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Concrete faith: A review of ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker’ by Andrew Root

At the start of this book, Andrew Root outlines ‘The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon’, the term coined for the divergent Christian tribes who have bestowed hero status on the German theologian.  One consequence is that books on Bonhoeffer are warped by the theological commitment of the authors, whether they be radical, liberal or conservative. Bonhoeffer's legacy easily falls victim to the tribal propaganda rife in… Continue reading Concrete faith: A review of ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker’ by Andrew Root

Faithfulness Matters

Illegal, but moral? Were the Impact Team right to hack Ashley Madison?

The hacking of the Ashley Madison infidelity website by the Impact Team continues to be a major global news story. Today it was announced that Noel Biderman, the CEO and founder of the website has stepped down from his role. Business analysts are saying that is hard to see how the company will survive. The company… Continue reading Illegal, but moral? Were the Impact Team right to hack Ashley Madison?

Ethics & Christian living

‘I have come to see that there is good in every situation’ – Kayla Mueller’s hope in captivity

The family of Kayla Mueller, a US aid worker who was being held by ISIS, have confirmed that she has been killed. Before she was captured, she told her hometown paper in Prescott, Arizona: “It’s important to stop and realize what we have, why we have it and how privileged we are. And from that place, start caring and… Continue reading ‘I have come to see that there is good in every situation’ – Kayla Mueller’s hope in captivity

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When Grace is not so Amazing

Well Bono’s words about Karma and Grace have proved to be a bit popular - so far over 170,000+ people have shared it on facebook.  But what is it about Bono's words that so connected with people? The power of grace Some of it relates to the interest in what celebrities say.  Some of it is due the… Continue reading When Grace is not so Amazing

Ethics & Christian living

Our Addiction to Self-Promotion

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a conference for youth and community workers.  The person who had invited me didn’t know me well but had been involved in an online campaign that I had helped start. I soon realised my host was under a misapprehension that I was a lot more well-known than… Continue reading Our Addiction to Self-Promotion

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas [review]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian and Pastor, who was killed in a Nazi concentration camp, is undoubtedly a Christian hero. But in a Church plagued by theological tribalism, the legacy of such heroes can become a sharply contested. Different tribes claim the legacy of such heroes as their own as lives are analysed and attributes… Continue reading Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas [review]