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Gender and the Doctrine of Creation

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The following is a guest post by Sam Ferguson, the Associate Pastor for Preaching and Teaching at The Falls Church Anglican.  He is a PhD candidate at Southeastern Seminary in Wake Forest, N.C.  

As students revolved in and out of the girl’s bathroom a poster of the Genderbread Person greeted them.  Scotch-taped to the tile, the smiling “cookie” offered a clever guide to discovering identity.  Scanning the silhouette figure from head to toe, girls learned that identity is a complex synthesis of how their brain thought, heart felt, and genitals appeared.  A made-for-scissors dotted line encircled the figure emphasizing that they could shape these psychological and biological phenomena into whatever expression they chose. For at least one student the chart’s progressive take on gender was a painful reminder that her teachers still had much to learn: she scribbled across the wall, “I hate this f—— poster! How is it that teachers hang this up but make me, a trans boy, use the girl’s bathroom?!” (more…)

This post was written by Rob Sturdy

Another King, called Jesus.

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 4.52.01 PMThis week marks the peculiar confluence of two events.  One of which the world took notice of, the other of which a global minority took notice of.  In regards to the first, I mean of course the election of the 45th President of the United States, President-elect Donald J. Trump.  In regards to the second, I mean the Feast of Christ the King.  That these two events occur within such temporal proximity is instructive to say the least.  (more…)

This post was written by Rob Sturdy

The Social Reformation

The Ridley Institute, named after the Oxford Martyr Nicholas Ridley, self-consciously places itself within the Reformation tradition of English Christianity, which of course represents the very roots of that expression of Christianity that has come to be called Anglicanism.  Just a little over a week ago, Protestant Christians celebrated Reformation Sunday.  Articles were published.  Even the Pope tipped his hat to Martin Luther and his penetrating insights into human behavior under sin and the need for God’s extravagant grace.  I had hoped to publish something myself last week, nevertheless travels interfered with writing.  So here is my own contribution to Reformation Sunday.  In keeping with the tradition of the English Reformation, which lagged about a decade behind its European counterparts, I offer this reflection a week late. (more…)

This post was written by Rob Sturdy

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