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December Magazine Article

It's time to start thinking about Christmas.  Here's my attempt at for our December church magazine.


“Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:11 NIV)
It's nearly Christmas. No really it is! We're in December and in no time at all it'll be Christmas Day. I don't know about you, but I'm not ready yet. I haven't done the cards. I haven't bought the presents and I've no idea about Christmas lunch. But of course, that's not what Christmas is all about.
Christmas is about a virgin who became miraculously pregnant. A baby born miles from home in less than hygienic circumstances. Angels making announcements all over the place. Visitors from the fields and from far away. It's an amazing story and right at the centre is Jesus. Who is this baby who arrived in such a dramatic way? Why are we still remembering his birth 2000 years later and 2000 miles from where it happened?
I think the an…

A Future Church of England: Being Missional with Respect to Women Bishops and Homosexuality

So the Pilling report is out and is suggesting the possibility of blessing same-sex partnerships in the Church of England and the General Synod has voted for a proposal on Women Bishops.  Lots of people will draw lots of links, but I have been thinking about one in particular.  Both proposals are often argued for on the basis of mission.  I.e. we must have women bishops and bless same-sex relationships because it is good for the mission of the church, stops it being out of step and looking weird.

Conservative Evangelicals, such as myself, naturally turn to the Bible and argue that by falling short of God's standards for the church it undermines the mission.  But I want to consider the argument a little differently.  The missional argument takes a rather one-dimensional view of our society.  I minister in Muslim-majority parishes, where, if I understand it correctly, the majority would oppose gay marriage and women in religious leadership would at least be a significant issue.

For …