Christians should be working for non-discrimination in faith schools because the Gospel is a message of sacrificial love not selfishness, says Simon Barrow. The Accord coalition's proposed reforms offer a constructive way forward.
Everyone is focussing on the PM's votes dilemma, says Simon Barrow, but all the parties are suffering from the diminution and regionalisation of their support as people continue to be disillusioned with the system.
Christians have lived in conformity to the ethics of Caesar too long, says Simon Barrow. As Christendom fades, fresh possibilities for peace emerge from a renewed understanding of what it means to be the Body of Christ.
Some sections of the Anglican Communion are convinced that only their narrow vision of what is permissible in faithfulness to the Christian message is adequate, says Simon Barrow. But they are confounded by the biblical texts they claim loyalty to.
'A love genuinely lived by a people joined to Christ for the sake of the world' is how Simon Barrow defines the mission of the church. It is about something more transformatory than projects or agencies alone, he says.
Now Cameron is up and Brown is down. But there is something unstable about the media-driven leadership swings and roundabouts, says Simon Barrow. Even so, the Prime Minister will have a job wooing the public.
Religion that binds others with condemnation and superstition is far from the heart of the Gospel, says Simon Barrow. The church needs to face its arguments and seek to be a place of healing if it is to rediscover its global role.