Saturday, 20 January 2018

Opinion - 20 January 2018

Andrew Lightbown Theore0 Can the C of E learn a lesson or two from Tim Farron
Speaking of inclusivity and disagreement

David Walker Via Media.News A Changing View From Across the Pond…

Three related Church Times articles
Why I left church in my teens - A poll of parents has suggested that 14 is the average age when their children stopped going to church. Five people reflect on why they left as teenagers
Becca Dean It’s time to start listening - The insights of the young and frustration that they voice are gifts to be received
Hannah Barr What I wish the Church knew about young people - It’s hard to be a young person. What each needs to be shown is grace

Clifford Longley The Tablet Is it time for the bishops to make a ‘bonfire of their vanities’?

Posted by Peter Owen on Saturday, 20 January 2018 at 11:00am GMT | TrackBack
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I welcome Andrew Lightbown's piece on Tim Farron. I would add that the seeming contradiction between Farron's voting record and his personal beliefs is resolved by his liberal convictions: everyone should be free to behave as they like, provided it causes no harm to others. I can see why Lightbown omitted this: it will carry little weight with those whose identity lies in being traditional/conservative, and who are in love with power.

As for distinguishing between first-order and second-order issues, St. Paul sets us a glorious example. Being multi-cultural, he had worked out what elements of the Gospel were essential and needed to be applied in each area he visited. He then varied his approach according to local culture and his audience. (The Hyde Park Corner setting of Mars Hill; a riverside gathering of prayerful women) He had also sorted out his priorities, and held to those. This helps explain some of the seeming contradictions in his letters. In one and elsewhere Paul encouraged women to minister publicly, but advised Timothy to be cautious where the public ministry of women would invite persecution. Similarly, he could advise Onesimus' owner that his slave was now a brother, but never campaigned against the institution of slavery.

I disagree with Farron's views on homosexuality, and wrote to him during the election campaign to say that after many years of Bible study I could see no bar in the scriptures to faithful homosexual relationships. I really wish Farron hadn't said what he did in that recent Premier Radio interview. He's very fallible, like the rest of us. But I still admire his dedication to working for everyone's freedom to be who they are and live as they wish without interference from the rest of us. HIs graciousness towards those who disagree with him would be an excellent example for church people to follow.

Posted by: Janet Fife on Sunday, 21 January 2018 at 9:46am GMT
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