I’m not planning to make this a regular feature, but I want to draw your attention to a couple of the articles that Stuart James at eChurch has written this week.
Those of you who are regulars to this site will know that I’m a big fan of Stuart and his blog. There have been two times this week that I’ve found something on Twitter and thought, “That would be a really interesting subject to write about”, and then within an hour Stuart has posted something up at eChurch. Sometimes I look at other people’s articles on an issue and they give me inspiration to find my own slant on it, but on these occasions I’ve come away thinking that there really isn’t anything more that I would want to add.
The first article is on Malcolm Bowden’s appearance on 4thought.tv after the Channel 4 news on Wednesday. I often watch 4thought.tv as it sometimes gives Christians a chance to talk about their faith in relation to a particular issue and present a slice of the gospel. The down side is that 4thought.tv invites people from all sorts of backgrounds to voice their opinion. This is perfectly fair, but occasionally you will get someone calling themselves a Christian with, how shall we put it – ‘unorthodox’ views who can potentially damage people’s perceptions of what Christians are really like.
This was one of those occasions. This week has been depression awareness week and 4thought’vt have been airing views from a faith perspective. Malcolm Bowden stared by stating that he is an evangelical Christian then went on to say that true Christians never get depressed. He said some more controversial words after that but I’ll leave you to read it at eChurch. Stuart has blogged quite a bit on mental illness, so he knows what he’s talking about.
Do make sure you watch the clip linked to at the end of the article of Debbie Harvey though as this is a truly inspirational testimony.
The second article is about the Gideons in Scotland offering to give copies of the New Testament to each police force with its respective badge branded on the cover. The Gay Police Asscoiation (GPA) in Scotland has called for the police forces to refuse the offer on the grounds that the Bible condemns homosexuality. Following the GPA’s statement, UNISON has joined in speaking out in agreement with the GPA.
Stuart does an excellent job of filling in the picture and providing an intelligent thought provoking response that asks some important questions.
Please go and have a look!