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Surviving the first post-coming out Christmas

With a delightfully odd mix of octogenarian great-aunts, straight-talking toddlers and angst-driven teenagers, it’s not uncommon for the Christmas dinner table to play host to the odd moment of tension or colourful conversation.  Happily, these episodes are often more amusing than agonising and are just part and parcel of the family Christmas experience.  But sadly, for some LGB+T people – particularly in Christian families – this time of year can provide as much tension as it does turkey with all the trimmings. 

Luther, the state and misunderstanding scripture

Luther asked the questions that the 16th century Church really needed to grapple with – and because of his courage the world changed forever.  But none of this means that he didn’t make mistakes.  Did his ‘two Kingdoms theology’ – which called for separation between Church and state lead to a world where Christians started to turn a blind eye to secular evil?  Could this even have shaped a German Church which ailed to speak out against Nazism in the 1930s?