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Original goodness, rather than original sin, should inform a more human approach to Christian faith and life.
In a new series of online study resources developed for the Open Church Network, Steve Chalke argues that the popular doctrine of Original Sin, that has informed much of Western Christian thought for over 15 centuries, misappropriates the biblical view of God’s relationship with humanity and has resulted in untold misery for generations of church goers.
Naming ceremony for Henry Karl Stafford
Henry is here today:
- To thank God for the gift of his life and health
- To dedicate himself publically to serving Jesus who – through his life, death, resurrection and example – taught us how to love God and our neighbours as ourselves
- To call on us – his friends – to commit ourselves to supporting him in his life and journey of faith
- To ask God’s blessing on him in the years ahead
Henry: My Story
Steve Chalke has helped the Church to engage in the debate around LGB+T inclusion and same-sex marriage. Steve’s article, A Matter of Integrity, published in 2013, called the Church to grapple with the issues of sexuality and inclusion. He has called for Christians to face what he describes as the central issue, asking “what does real, Christ-like, inclusion look like?”
Steve’s article marked the first time in history that a well-known evangelical Christian leader publicly declared their support for loving, faithful and committed same-sex relationships.
Hope imagines what is possible and won’t give up until it happens...
Hope is bold. It says that things don’t have to be the way they are...
Hope stands up for the forgotten and the lonely and the ignored...
We've developed Awe & Wonder reflection resources for each of the 9 Habits. Here's a reflection resource about Hope, which can be used alongside the church resources that you can find here.
“It happens often. It can be over a coffee, in a bar, on a train, at an airport, during a conference or after a church service. In recent years, I seem to have lots of conversations with people – young and old – who, from very different starting points, all want to talk about exactly the same dilemma; the Bible. Some begin by explaining that they have no confidence in the Bible, which they have dismissed as irrelevant to their questions about life.
"Most of the time, most of us find ourselves immersed in the mundane, preoccupied with getting by, anxious about deadlines; there are bills to pay, emails to write, phone calls to make and trains to catch. We're racing through life but falling asleep on the inside.
The Oasis 9 Habits are an invitation to live a different way – a way characterised by being compassionate, humble, patient, honest, joyful, considerate, hopeful, forgiving and self-controlled. The Open Church Network will be bringing you a range of resources, designed to help churches, church leaders and church members (of all ages) to explore the 9 Habits - in Sunday morning worship, in schools and in community groups.
It was 8 o'clock on Monday morning.
I was standing by Lambeth North station.
And I saw a new London coming down from the heavens.
I saw a teenager leaping out of bed with joy,
laughing with the freshness of the morning.
I saw elderly ladies skipping down Kennington Road.
I saw children paddling in the River Thames.
I saw a football match in Kennington Park and the teams were mixed people
from every people group: asylum seekers And taxi drivers, policemen and