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Cover of "Transgender" by Vaughan RobertsContinuing to look at this much-talked-about subject, below is a short synopsis of Chapter 2 of the book "Transgender" by Vaughan Roberts, published by thegoodbook company, ISBN 978-1-78498-195-2 which can be obtained from your local Christian bookshop or by going to the website. The cost is just less than £3. 

Chapter 2:

Roberts begins his second chapter, entitled ‘The iWorld’, by highlighting the ‘profound individualism’ that now marks our culture. He traces the roots of this to the priority given to human reason over divine revelation at the time of the Enlightenment, but also notes that the initial confidence of Enlightenment thinkers that reason would lead us to the truth has gradually dissipated so that ‘our culture has now largely rejected objective truth, at least when it comes to big issues, such as meaning and morality.’ For many, truth has become subjective with the result that we will not let any external authority whatsoever tell us what to believe. ‘It’s up to us to draw our own conclusions and live our own lives.’

Cover of "Transgender" by Vaughan RobertsThe topic of Transgender is one which is constantly in the news media. Much is being said about this and about the approach that Christians take to what is a sensitive topic.

As an introduction, the book "Transgender" by Vaughan Roberts is helpful and we will be publishing short precis of the chapters in this and coming blog items.

The book is published by thegoodbook company, ISBN 978-1-78498-195-2 and can be obtained from your local Christian bookshop or by going to the website. The cost is just less than £3. 

A short summary of chapter 1 follows:

In the opening chapter of this brief (80 page) booklet, Roberts introduces us to the ‘next big social, ethical and cultural question that has come to dominate the headlines,’ and asks how Christians should respond. He believes that we should not shy away from public debate on the question, but that as we engage it is vitally important that we do so ‘with great sensitivity and compassion,’ remembering that it is not primarily an issue but people that we are talking about: precious individuals, each created and loved by God, ‘most of whom are simply trying to cope with feelings that may well cause them great distress.’ 

As the Church of Scotland launches "Together We Pray", here are some thoughts from Rev Hector Morrison, one of the Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland:

For me, one of the greatest encouragements from the 2017 General Assembly came on the first morning of the Assembly with the Council of Assembly calling the church to pray for God to renew us.

This call from a significant Council of the Church would have been encouraging at any time, but it was particularly welcome for me as the Lord had been speaking to my own heart for some time about the need for myself – and believers in the Church more widely – to ‘covenant together’ to pray for the Church. Indeed, so excited was I to find this in the Council of Assembly’s deliverances that I shared with the Assembly some of the Scriptures that had been speaking to my own heart from 2 Chronicles 15, especially vv 12 and 15: ‘They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord, the God of their fathers, with all their heart and soul … They sought God eagerly, and he was found by them. So the Lord gave them rest on every side.’ We would want members of our church to engage with this call to prayer, and as Covenant Fellowship Scotland we would like to encourage members of our church to go as far as to ‘enter into a covenant to seek the Lord’ in the place of prayer as we seek the presence, power and blessing of God to be realised in a fresh way among us. What that covenanting will look like for us as individuals, groups and congregations is for us to discern and decide upon with the Lord’s leading and guidance (rather than have it prescribed for us by CFS or any other body).

As we take up this call to prayer we do so recognising that, alongside prayers of adoration, worship, thanksgiving, supplication and intercession; confession of sin and repentance will also be part of what the Lord calls us to.

The Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland met recently to discuss the way ahead. One of the key points to come out of these discussions was to recognise again the deep sense of calling that so many have for God's work within the Church of Scotland and for its renewal and unity.

As Trustees we were challenged by the question "are we using the tools that God gives us as Christians; His Word the Bible and the power of prayer, individual and gathered?" James 5:16 is often quoted in part but it is worth looking at the verse as a whole; "Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective."

We are heartened and encouraged to see the launch of the "Together We Pray" initiative from the Church of Scotland which will run over the coming months until May 2018. We will be fully supporting this and highlighting the various elements of this on our website and on Facebook in the weeks ahead as they are launched.

We would ask that, as the Trustees commit to praying about the future shape and work of Covenant Fellowship Scotland and how best it engages with the whole of the Church in congregations across the country, you would do three things:

  1. pray for clarity and vision for the Trustees of CFS and our core calling of working in the Church of Scotland for reformation and renewal
  2. pray for the Church of Scotland itself and, in particular, for "Together We Pray", that it might be a time when many of us reinvigorate our prayer life and lay hold on the Lord, recognising our own failings but coming in the righteousness imputed to us by the work of Christ and believing, as James says, that our prayers will be powerful and effective
  3. visit our website and Facebook page and encourage others throughout the whole of the church to do the same - we will be focusing on providing information and encouragement through these channels on a much more regular basis than we have for a while

Thank you for your continued support.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 3 (view here), Trueman explores the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16; and then focuses on the Indulgences Controversy that provided the spark that lit the fuse that led to the Reformation.

Luther’s Biography (Continued)

In the first part of this lecture Trueman continues to explore the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16, in particular with regard to his question ‘Where can I find a gracious God?’ which we might translate as: ‘How can I get into a state of grace?’

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 2 (view here) Trueman provides us with a biography of Luther up till the eve of the Indulgences Controversy which provided the spark that set the fires of Reformation burning;

Luther’s Biography

General Context

Unlike the other main Reformers (Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, etc) who all belonged (culturally) to the early modern era, Luther was a medieval figure. He and Zwingli were born just weeks apart, yet there was a vast cultural gap between them.