Tag Archives: church

Gender Inclusive Language and God

I wonder whether you’ve read the recent news about those within the Church of England who wish to begin addressing God as ‘She’? Of course, this is no new idea; the femininity of God is suggested in a small number of places in scripture, and occasionally, cults have arisen which emphasise God’s feminine nature. (1) In this case, a group which meets at Lambeth Palace with the snazzy name of the “Transformations Steering Group”, is calling for a rethink on language about God and is seeking to have changes made to the liturgy; changes which are, in some places, already taking place on an informal basis, with ‘He’ being changed to ‘She’ for example, when talking of, or addressing, God. The Daily Telegraph on 31st May, 2015 notes that ‘Hilary Cotton, chair of Women And The Church (WATCH), the group which led the campaign for female bishops, said the shift away from the traditional patriarchal language of the Book of Common Prayer is already at an “advanced” stage in some quarters.’ (2) Read more »

Put On Your Sunday Clothes?

Many years ago, most people used to dress in their best clothes when attending church services on Sundays. In many modern churches, this practice has stopped, and indeed, it seems that many people ‘dress down’ when going to church, wearing jeans, tee-shirt, trainers etc. The song ‘Put on Your Sunday Clothes’ from the musical Hello, Dolly! must have become meaningless to most modern churchgoers. Read more »

When to Leave a Church

Although King’s Evangelical Divinity School is an academic institution, we believe that theological studies have practical impact. One of the ways we encourage students to engage in applied theology is to raise questions in our e-campus discussions. I asked students to explain when a member may be morally justified to break fellowship with his/her church. The ensuing discussion was both spirited and insightful.

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Leaving a Church

Recently, I’ve become inadvertently involved in a discussion in what is (strictly speaking) a student area of our ecampus forum. I was scanning new messages one day and found myself intrigued by the heading ‘clerical collars’ in the student ‘cafe’. I just had to enter and have a look, and since that time (when I joined in the debate) the basic discussion as to whether ministers should identify themselves has developed into one on ‘liberal’ churches etc, and whether we (i.e., evangelicals) should remain in such churches. This morning, I wondered whether this might not be a good topic for wider discussion and so I make this post. Read more »