Posts Tagged "Marriage"

When singleness is a gift…

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Blog | 7 comments

With Valentine’s day falling on a Sunday this year, many churches will use it as an opportunity to celebrate love, marriage and relationships. And fair enough. But in this post I would like to be a little counter intuitive and invite us to think about the singles in our midst. For some, Valentines day can feel like anything but a celebration. Not that we should fall into the trap of thinking that every single person would prefer to be in a relationship. Many are happily and intentionally single – and really wouldn’t want it any other way. For others, it is the way things...

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Fireproof and Crazy Stupid Love: Comparisons and Contrasts from a Christian Worldview Perspective – By John Mayne

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Budding Theologians | 1 comment

The relationship between Christianity and the arts is fascinating. The arts were once a sphere dominated by the church, but they now often seem to be a ‘God free’ zone. However, underlying assumptions about the world and reality drive most artistic portrayals, and should be examined and discussed. John Mayne does this very helpfully in his comparison and contrast of two films, Fireproof (written with an explicitly Christian script) and Crazy, Stupid, Love – which while without a clear Christian mandate, often resonates with Christian values and ideals. I think you will find...

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Same Sex Marriage: Ethical and Pastoral Reflections

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Blog | 21 comments

A few weeks ago I participated in a forum looking at Sexuality and the Church. A particular focus of the day was on same sex marriage and the ethical and pastoral implications that it invites us to consider. I’ve had more than a few requests for the paper I presented, and have been asked to repeat the talk a number of times (twice in this week alone). So I thought I would share it on the blog as well. Please feel free to post comments – and they certainly don’t have to be in agreement with what I have said – or with what others may (or may not) say (though agreement...

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For better, but not worse: Marriage and Divorce in the 21st century

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Blog | 10 comments

I still remember the day. A woman had moved into the town where I was pastor, and on arriving at the church, announced that she was trying to build a new life for herself.¬†She and her husband had separated after 30 years of marriage. He was now living with a much younger woman, and she doubted he would ever return to her – though she would be happy if she was wrong. She wasn’t. After 18 months of agonising and of all attempts at reconciliation failing, she filed for divorce. On the day her case was to be heard in court, she asked if I and another person from the church would go...

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