First published on Christian Converser We attempt herein to incorporate our idea of what is important for the Church as a whole. What matters a great deal to the Church as a whole is for it to include members of a wide range of backgrounds. This is essentially what diversity in the context of society… Continue reading Christian Converser: What is Diversity within the Church?
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus Just in this past quarter, Touchstone Publishing (a division of Simon and Schuster) have released Linda Kay Klein’s compelling personal critique of the complementarianist evangelical sexual purity movement which became prominent in the 1990s with the resurgence of complimentarian theological beliefs in organisations such as the Southern Baptist Convention.… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Complementarianism vs Egalitarianism in the Church – An examination of theological beliefs on sexuality in light of Linda Kay Klein’s new book.
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/108603420/time-to-come-out-hi-im-sarah-and-im-intersex This is an important issue and it is one that I believe the Church as a whole has yet to come to grips with in terms of an appropriate response to people who are intersex. However, it is important to note that the tacking of the letter I… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: “Hi, I’m Sarah, and I’m intersex”
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus Whether you agree or disagree with the political causes on matters of sexuality like this, they are issues that the Church needs to come to terms with. One of the most pressing issues facing the evangelical church today involves dramatic shifts in our culture’s perceptions regarding human sexuality. While… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Understanding Transgender Identities: Four Views
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus Currently, knowledge of intersex issues is being overshadowed by the furore over transgender and gender identity spectrum. WHAT DOES INTERSEX MEAN? Amie first married when she was young, and had her first child more than 20 years ago. Instead of having one X chromosome and one Y chromosome, as… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Victoria, Victor, Victory – a US family lovingly raise their second intersex child
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus The biggest sexual abuse scandal in the western Churches historically has been in the Roman Catholic Church. A Church which made itself out to be morally superior to all others and which has also enjoyed considerable political power for centuries. In the early 21st century a pillar of the… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Moral corruption of politics and sexual abuse scandals goes hand in hand. So why do Christians get into politics?
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus This is an interesting commentary in the New York Times about purity culture and the potential harm it causes. A key point is that many churches still teach some form of purity culture, because nothing else has come along to fill its place. Evangelical teaching on sexuality is still… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Opinion: How Should Christians Have Sex?
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus This afternoon in New Zealand, the Government introduced the Abortion Legislation Bill into Parliament for its first reading. We watched the debate live on national TV. Our position is that we feel there is little need for this legislation, but the issue is just one of a number of… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: NZ Abortion Legislation Bill
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus Our revised statement appears below. This has been updated to address new focuses for our present and forthcoming ministry. We are excited to see new developments and opportunities for the development of our ministry that we believe are starting to open up. This section is divided into two parts:… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Revised Statement of Beliefs and Principles
First published on Christian Sexuality Focus The 2019 Christchurch local body elections were marred by accusations brought against a sitting councillor in the Central ward, who was standing for re-election. It soon emerged that the complaints had been brought against them months earlier, but the Mayor had decided to support her protege by keeping quiet… Continue reading Christian Sexuality Focus: Christchurch Councillor Code of Conduct Campaign