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Is God Violent?

‘O man of God, I plead with you, let my life, and the life of these fifty men, be precious in your sight. I know that fire came down from heaven, and burnt up the two captains and their squads of fifty men each.’ -2Kings 1
King Ahaziah, son of the late king Ahab, sends a captain with 50 soldiers to go fetch Elijah who is sitting on a hill. Like the king, this captain and his soldiers have no fear of God. They arrogantly command Elijah to obey the message like he’s the king’s lapdog. As a result, God drops fire on them. The king then sends another 50 up the hill in an equally proud manner – and God equally napalms the lot of them. Lastly, a third captain goes up in humility, falling on his knees, and asking for mercy. This man and his soldiers live.
Last century, Arthur Wallis – at the beginning of his landmark book, God’s Chosen Fast – wrote, ‘When people do not like the plain literal meaning of something in the Bible they are tempted to spiritualise it, and so rob of its potency.’ Wha…

Deconstructing Men : a response to Eric Pazdziora

I awoke this morning to see that a few FB friends had tagged me in a BLOGthat’s making the rounds. As I’ve written on the issue of gender imbalance in the British church before, they thought I may be interested in this article that seeks to deconstruct the ‘muscular Christianity’ movement. And they were right.
I had not heard of Eric Pazdziora before, but apparently, he’s quite an accomplished pianist, writer, and blogger. His gift for word artistry certainly comes through in this article and overall, he makes some fair points.
I welcome his deconstruction of muscular Christianity on a personal level. We have such a movement here in the UK just like they do in the States. I’ve never felt entirely at home in them. I’ve felt uncomfortable largely because of who I am. On Myers-Briggs, I’m an INFP. Typically, that’s a woman’s personality. Among other things, it means I’m a feeler more than a thinker.
I'm also not the typical sporty male – I write poetry more than play football. I'd …

Generation Ahab

'Ahab did more of what YHWH considered to be evil than any king who lived before him.'  -1 Kg 16
It was a wicked culture. Now I know we like to pretend that all cultures are equal and that one isn't better than any other. We say that cultures are just different. But that's not true. Some cultures are more perverse than others. 
Here, a wicked generation had created a wicked culture. And though many people were culpable to some degree, one man was responsible above all.
Ahab is said to have been more wicked than all the previous Israeli kings combined. It had been 58 years since the kingdom was torn in two after Solomon, and the 10 tribes had been ruled by a succession of 7 bad men. But now Ahab led the nation in creating a toxic culture that exceeded his apostate forefathers. It was a poison to all, a generation steeped in a darkness greater than any midnight. How had this happened?
Religion, Sex & Power
Call in the usual suspects. 
To start with, Ahab imported Baal wors…

Christians joining the Pirate Party

Among UK Christians the image of Pirate Party members is of grown boys who still live at home, wear Spider-Man pyjamas, and want to illegally download films without paying for them. So why would I, as a Christian minister, seriously consider supporting them?
First of all, let’s get a clearer picture of who they actually are. The first Pirate Party was started in 2006 in Sweden and it’s there that they’ve had the most success with two Pirate candidates being elected to the European Union. Their values are freedom of expression, direct democracy, and copyright reform.
While Theresa May's government works to be able to read your WhatsApp messages – surveillance laws that are not opposed by the Labour Party – the Pirates believe in the right of free people to freely communicate without Big Brother watching. Are the Lib-Dems any better?
Castration by Microphone
It's not fun to see a man get castrated. Yet this is what the world beheld as journalist Eleanor Garnier sliced off Lib-Dem…

Dear Alt Right, You have a Rainbow

Dear Alt-Right,
Please allow me to introduce myself. I am a slave. Not that it matters much. It’s who I belong to that’s of far greater importance.
It seems that you have something that belongs to Him. I’m writing to ask that you politely return it. I don’t know if your grandmothers ever taught you the moral imperative, ‘Thou Shalt Not Steal’. Well, my Master is quite partial to that law – as He gave it.
You have recently acquired a rainbow. You're using it as a new symbol for your movement. You say the colours represent the various races and how they are best separate and not muddied together. 'Let the blacks, Latinos, Jews, whites, Arabs, and Asians all have their different corners and celebrate their own holidays' you say. 

I am not writing to comment on your politics as such. If a man wants to celebrate nothing but his own ethnic group, I feel no obligation to critique his tastes. But as quaint as your idea of racial segregation might be to some, I am writing to ask that y…

Considering Consent

There’s been a flurry of articles recently blowing about the Evangelical blog-o-sphere about how rape is bad. Apparently, there are some Christians out there who didn’t know this and who were unaware that this has no place in a holy marriage. They have now been duly informed.
What is Consent?
If by saying that spouses ‘must give consent’ our self-appointed internet guardians simply mean that rape in marriage is damnable, then there is no disagreement. If they are arguing that rape victims need the support of their faith communities, there is no disagreement. If there are trying to point out medical conditions can affect things, well, yes. I don’t personally know of any minister of any theological stripe that says otherwise. Granted, if we search the internet we may find a loud redneck preacher somewhere saying rape is ok. But from the way the blogs were written, you’d think these messengers were giving the Christian world a fresh revelation.
One of the reasons that these articles are so …