Going for Gold

By Jonathan, TfT Director.    This article was first published in the Winter 2012 newsletter.

medalMany of us, I’m sure, will have been greatly inspired and uplifted by the determined and focussed efforts of our Olympians and Paralympians during London 2012, and now the Commonwealth Games have begun in Glasgow. Even people who wouldn’t describe themselves as ardent sports fans were moved to tears, as they witnessed individuals and teams demonstrating huge measures of skill, strength, courage and discipline in their pursuit of a gold medal.

We know, of course, that the Games themselves are only a very small part of the story. Yes the medallists’ success is certainly down to them getting it right on the day and performing to the very best of their ability when it really counts. But their winning runs, swims, throws, matches, lifts, dives, rides and bouts are the culmination of years of arduous training, disciplined dieting and meticulous planning.

Book Review: True Friendship

True Friendship
by Vaughan Roberts
Published by 10Publishing
November 2013
95 pages
£4.99 (Kindle edition £2.49, available from 10ofthose.com)

We really liked this book.  With only 80 pages divided into six chapters it does not take long to read. This small book does not attempt to cover the topic of friendship in great detail, but rather acts as a stimulus for reflection both as individuals and in groups. As its author writes in the introduction,

You will gain most from the book if you pause to think and pray as you read.

The Church - Problem or Solution?

By Jonathan, TfT Director.     This article was originally published in the Autumn 2012 newsletter.

church groupIn the course of my work within True freedom Trust I’ve listened to a number of very sad and sometimes quite disturbing accounts of how individuals struggling with issues of same-sex attraction have been treated within their church. Many of us will have our own stories of being harshly judged, or rejected, or misunderstood by our brothers and sisters in Christ.

I’ve encountered parents who’ve been asked to leave a church because their son or daughter has embraced a gay identity. I’ve met church leaders and youth workers who’ve been hounded out of a fellowship because they’ve admitted to struggling with same-sex attractions, even though they’re fully committed to living according to the biblical teaching on sexual purity. I’ve come across many single people who feel immense pressure to get married from Christians who are unaware of their struggle (and sometimes from those who are aware!) I’ve spoken with young people struggling with their sexuality, who’ve left the church because of homophobic or insensitive comments made by their youth leaders.