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January 18, 2013

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Trevorcoultart.wordpress.com

Andy,

Thanks for this summary of responses to Steve Chalke's article, which I've just read through. It's unlikely I would have found these if you'd not compiled them so conveniently!

Trevor x

JD

I echo Trevor's words too, Andy. Thanks for compiling these responses. Just 2 things of my own. First of all I agree that 'inclusion' is frequently poorly understood and defined. In my view it's a word used, more often than not, to exlude! The rhetoric of 'inclusion' is often used cynically to exclude those who cannot in good conscience accept and affirm same sex unions and who therefore fail to practice the radical inclusivity of the man they profess to follow, Jesus Christ. Secondly I have felt God saying that we require a more robust understanding of His Word. God is always speaking, always revealing Himself. The tendency of 'conservatives' is to box the Word and claim God has said everything He needs to have said already. The tendency of 'liberals' is to forget that God's Word always stands in judgement over us. It is not to be taken lightly. We possess no privilege to make it up. And yet I hear many liberals, to be frank, employing almost wholly secular arguments for their causes. If Christ is risen, and He is Lord, and He does reign, then we have got to get better at listening! Incidentally it seems to me that Rowan Williams always advocated this exercise in listening, and was often derided for it.

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