Church is when you work with Islamic Relief. Genesis 12
We were devastated last year by the scenes of unprecedented migration as people fled the devastation and horror they faced in Syria in search of safety. We wanted to respond as a community, as one community. So we worked with both Christian Aid and Islamic Relief to set up a project called 'Harvest for Hope’.
But I believe that it’s more than disaster which binds us together. I believe there is a deeper theological root that will challenge the perceptions and ideologies that shape how we approach people from other faiths.
Church is a story of hope. A story of meaning. A story of purpose Matthew 6
When I was fourteen my life was utterly transformed by my local church. The youth group that I attended helped me see that my life was wrapped up in a greater story. It lifted my ambitions beyond those my school had set for me
I chose to believe a story of hope, transformation and forgiveness instead of the story of limitations raised around me based on class and background.
Since then I have been motivated by the example and sacrifice of Jesus to tell everyone else about this great story, and find ways to make it accessible to everyone
Church is when you work with the LGBT community1 Corinthians 13
The issue of how we engage and respond to engage with the LGBT community has caused much debate and divide within the church. One of the things that I’m known for is my position on inclusion and a few years ago I wrote an article on the subject called ‘A matter of integrity’.
I was calling the church into a discussing, to once again explore what they Bible has to say on the subject.
I honestly believe that by taking scripture seriously and grappling with it at the deepest sense reveals some short-comings in the way we have understood it - which has in turn lead to the tragic and on-ging rejection of the LGBT community.
Church is when you reach out and serve others Luke 10
I’ve slowly come to understand life differently. Brining new shape, new meaning and hope to my journey so far. The flawed, broken story I knew and been given a cosmic overhaul - a new context - as I realised that my place was amongst the great story. God’s big story.
Following Jesus isn’t about a check-list or the ‘right things to believe’ or a doctrinal hit-list. It’s a lifestyle that lives and breathes, stretches and grows, reaching out with an open hand, not a clenched fist - to my neighbour and indeed, to my enemy.