This week Steve puts forward the question that has troubled Christians throughout the ages and into today: “If God's grace is real grace – amazing, undeserved, non-discriminatory, in-containable, extraordinary grace – then why wouldn’t it apply to everyone regardless of their geography, their religious beliefs or their capacity to believe in God or not?”
This week Steve begins thinking about salvation and God's grace. Encouraging all of us to think about whether we can reconcile a God of love with the idea that salvation is not for everybody.
Salvation is one of the big questions that “life in our globalised, multi-faith, multi-cultural world”, highlights for the Church.
For some, Christianity presents an implicit "us and them" perspective. ‘Us’ who will be saved and ‘them’ who won’t.
“The message of Jesus was never an evacuation plan designed to offer us an escape from reality. Rather, it’s a transformation plan for our broken and conflicted world.”
A report by Harriet Bradshaw of the BBC looks into the challenges faced by young LGB Christians in the UK and the different paths that they follow.
In 2019, Steve Chalke, founder of Oasis, and the team from the Open Church Network will be travelling to some of the UK’s biggest towns and cities for a series of one-day events to explore the Bible, gender-identity and same-sex relationships.
A provocative question no doubt, and one that has been, and continues to be, seen as an affront to God’s authority. But, as Steve explores this week, contending that God has ultimate control over what happens reflects poorly on God’s character considering how many horrible things happen in this world.
God seems to have a change of heart between the Old Testament and the New Testament. At least that’s what most of us tend to think.
In the past weeks, Steve has been looking at what it means to "Love others" and "Love ourselves," but this week unpacks why it is so difficult for us "to love God."
Some may attribute this to a lack of faith, but Steve sees the issue as much different: "God" has been weaponised by those in power all throughout history. And as such, loving a God, who has been made out to be angry and guilt-inducing, is really difficult.
Following on from last week’s episode, Steve continues to challenge us with what does “Love your neighbour as yourself” actually mean?
‘‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of THE LEAST of these, you did not do for me.” This is the infamous and crushing blow that Jesus delivers to those who refuse to serve and advocate for society’s most marginalised.