The decision before the decision…

Preparing our hearts so we make the right decision in the heat of the moment

Sometimes in life we have to make quick decisions; this is why many jobs require rigorous training so that certain things become second nature to us and then if the crunch comes quite suddenly, we know what we should do. This is also true in our spiritual lives and especially… Read more.

Pride – What’s the harm?

How should we respond in the light of God’s good design for us

Each June, a month of celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ‘Pride’ takes place across the UK. The idea began with the Stonewall riots in 1969 and continued with Pride marches, which spread across the USA. Initially they were protests calling for ‘gay rights’. But today we see parades… Read more.

LGBTQIA+

Asexual, bisexual, pansexual, demisexual, homosexual etc etc…

These terms (and many more) seem to be everywhere. We often get asked on forms for information about our sexual orientation or identity or you may get asked at school or college in PSHE lessons or at other times. What does it all mean? Is this what defines us? Must… Read more.

Who cares if I’m a boy or a girl?

The Bible is very clear, right from the beginning, that God created male and female

Increasingly, when you fill in any kind of form you are asked what gender you identify as. Some people find this confusing and difficult to answer. Going through puberty and becoming an adolescent is about the journey from being a child and cared for by your parents, to becoming an… Read more.
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Social Media and Gender Identity

Social media plays a big part in all of our lives (and probably even more so since COVID 19).

Social media has many benefits – it allows us to keep in touch with people when face to face contact is not possible, to get an instant update on what is going on, and to stream church services on platforms like YouTube and hold Bible studies and prayer meetings by… Read more.
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Created Male and Female

As Christians we believe that God has created us in His image, and male or female. But what does it mean to be male or female?

So God created mankind in His own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 Chromosomes When an egg is fertilised by a sperm, the resulting zygote has 46 chromosomes. These are in pairs and one of those pairs (known as… Read more.
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Sex and Gender – is there a difference?

We hear people talking about ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ all the time but what do they really mean? Do they mean the same as they always have?

The meaning of words frequently changes over time and words mean different things to different generations or different cultures. A good example of this is the word ‘sick’– to me it means someone is unwell or means a pile of vomit. However, to my teenagers it means something is impressive… Read more.
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Is Jesus a bigot?

It is fashionable to call Christians bigots because they stand opposed to the prevailing sexual ethics and seek to point people towards a better narrative.

Is Jesus obstinately or intolerantly devoted to His own opinions? Did He treat members of other racial or ethnic groups with hatred and intolerance? [1] Jesus was firm and uncompromising in His teaching He certainly offended particular groups of people, which resulted in extensive, strong and ultimately violent reactions to… Read more.
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Speaking the Truth in Love

Have you ever been accused of one of the following: bullying, homophobia, bigotry or discrimination?

Have you ever been accused of one of the following: bullying, homophobia, bigotry or discrimination? These words are now frequently used in our society when someone disagrees with you about a moral issue! The context is usually where someone maintains a right to a certain view or lifestyle and then… Read more.
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What is wrong with masturbation?

Some people claim that it is a natural response to natural desires. The Bible challenges us to think differently.

You may have heard of masturbation (self stimulation) being presented in a positive way as a normal healthy activity. It is claimed that it can help young people ease anxiety and, after or even during puberty, relieve sexual frustration. So is there anything wrong with this teaching? What is a… Read more.
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Why save sex for marriage? – a testimonial

I remember when I was a teenager, that so many of my class mates seemed to be having sex, it was almost like I was the weird one for wanting to wait until I was married.

A few years further down the line at university, there were guys I liked, and some of my non-Christian friends would ask, “Have you slept with him?”. “Of course not”, I would answer, to which they would inevitably ask “But how will you know if he is worth going out… Read more.