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CONTENTS

This ARCHIVE SITE contains all the Tony Cross articles from the first in 2002 to fairly recently. All articles are numbered consecutively.

Current articles are to be found on

courage.org.uk

The  name and brief description of each article and its number is shown below on the present page.  Scroll down to read the brief synopsis of each article. Some of these articles may be of only historical interest.

Each page marked ARCHIVE contains ten articles : 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 21 to 30, 31 to 40.and so on.

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 Visitors are welcome to use and quote from the articles whenever they wish, but this is on the condition that they ascribe the quote to Tony Cross  and give this website address: tonycrosscolumn.org.uk  

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ARTICLE NUMBER               BRIEF RESUME

1            CONSCIENCE. The place of conscience for the gay Christian. The childhood conditioning we all experience. The need to be tolerant of those who see things differently.

2            GUILT. The way guilt functions in the human personality. Three approaches for dealing with guilt. Steps out of feeling guilty. Love, joy and peace for every Christian.

3            PURITY OF THE FAITH. Comment on the action of the Evangelical Alliance in bringing about the departure of Courage from their ranks. How should we preserve the purity of our faith?

4            FINDING A CHURCH. Problems in fellowship and worship for the gay Christian. Should he stay in a homophobic church? Some suggestions.

5            PRAYER FOR BEGINNERS. An introduction to prayer: starting, continuing, going deeper and the further reaches.

6            A GAY MAN LOOKS AT THE BIBLE. Treasuring your bible as God’s Word - reading it is dependent on the help of the Holy Spirit - don’t put the bible on a pedestal.  Key question: how should we use the bible? A second authority is the Church - all human authorities are flawed.

7            WHO AM I? The crisis of identity we all have.  Henri Nouwen. How an identity crisis leads to a clearer vision. If you are in doubt about your identity, don’t despair! Ask God to help you, and keep on being thankful.

8            FLIES IN AMBER. The evangelical world faces crisis. Old certainties are being superseded. The pressure is on Christians to change their thinking. Core truth and peripheral truth. Cultural considerations.

9            CULTURAL ACQUIESCENCE. An African Archbishop views homosexuality. It is wrong for the Christian to change his beliefs simply because the surrounding culture changes. Instead Christians need to reassess their attitudes towards gay Christians. Study and discussion needed - Church Leaders must lead in this to open real discussions in an open attitude. Is the attitude of the churches connected to the decline in church attendance?

10           FINDING MR RIGHT.  The difference between loneliness and aloneness. The search is part of our maturing. Meeting Christ is even more important.

11           CHURCH AND STATE.  Disestablishment of the Church of England? Three basic questions that need asking. A view is taken - how do we reach for vision?

12           AN OPEN LETTER TO A GAY FRIEND.  Suggestions from an older gay man to a younger gay man who is just setting out.

13           THE GALILEO SYNDROME.  The intolerance of new ideas by those in authority. The problems that new ideas raise for Church Leaders. How big is your picture of God?

14           THEM AND US. The problem of seeing those who oppose you as enemies. A personal apology.

15             INFIDELITY AND THE BISEXUAL MARRIED MAN - PART ONE. The problems for the happily married bisexual man. Can his marriage survive his needs? How a wife may feel betrayed. Lets start the debate - what is the Christian attitude?

16           ON TRUSTING IN GOD.  A short course on how to meditate.

17           RAIN ON THE RIGHTEOUS. Why is life so unfair? One meaning of the cross. Self giving must be spontaneous - Jesus can teach us the secrets of living.

18           THANK GOD IN EVERY CIRCUMSTANCE. Why are Christians so often an unhappy lot - or, at least, appear that way? What the New Testament says. Five ways for gay people to react.

19             JUST AS I AM. When I say ‘I am what I am’, then I begin to get real with God. Then his encircling love changes us. Thank God for who you are - including your sexuality, whatever it is.

20           SLAVES, OBEY YOUR MASTERS. What was right for St Paul may no longer be right for us. Each generation must interpret and apply the good news of Christ for itself. Christ overthrew the religious attitudes of his day - maybe we will have to as well!

21           DEEPENING THE DIALOGUE.  The problem is deeper than homosexuality - it is resistance to change. Five ways for gay people to react.

22           CRUMBS FOR DOGS. Jesus and the Gentile woman - he was a ‘normal’ human being as well as divine. Distinguishing the cultural from the core.

23           CHOICES, CHOICES, CHOICES. Free will. How do we ‘decide’? Deciding to trust God. How do we regard pain and suffering? As for me, I choose the Lord.

24           NOT A QUESTION OF MORALITY. Being gay is not a moral choice - that still needs recognizing by some, but the tide is turning. Dangers of suspending debate in order to ‘move on’. Three possible future scenarios - the Church of England is in real danger of splitting.

25           LETTING GO.  Letting go of the past - cutting ourselves free with God’s help. Especially important for those in two minds about their sexuality. Accepting our gayness (or otherwise) and paying the price. And accepting the gains, too.

26           BEING IN CONTROL.  Almost an instinctive response of us all. It  clashes with our response to God. Being tolerant of the views of other Christians. The Holy Spirit will lead us in love if we will let Him.

27           WALKING BLIND - THE USE OF PRAYER DAY-BY-DAY.  The use of prayer by us individually, each day

28           THE INSPIRED WORD OF GOD.  How do we read our bibles? What does ‘literally true’ really mean?

29           SPIRITUALIZING THE BIBLE.  How do we manage this? And why? A three stage process.

30           IS HOMOSEXUALITY AN OBSESSION? What actually is an ‘obsession’? How do we grow out of an obsession and into maturity?

31           THE GOLDFISH BOWL. We Christians are very much on view these days. Four barriers to effective Christian living.

32           EXPERIENCE.  Considered so vital for us - was it vital for Christ? A better way to live.

33             SOME BRIEF MUSINGS ON INTIMACY. Breaking open our closed boxes - living in relationship.

34             INFIDELITY AND THE BISEXUAL MARRIED MAN,       -   PART TWO.       Examining the situation for the husband and for the wife, when the husband discovers that he is gay. How should they proceed? Some suggestions.

35             ACCEPTANCE. A universal need all our lives. How being a Christian helps.

36               ‘......HE CAUTIOUSLY PULLED BACK’ The are parallels between what happened when Peter visited the Gentile Church and the present situation in the Church of England

37               DID CHRIST THINK THE WORLD WAS FLAT?  How are we to grasp the idea that Christ was both divine and human?

38               HOMOPHOBIA  What is homophobia and how prevalent is it? Can it be changed and if so, how?

39               SIN SEPARATES - OR DOES IT? Maybe it is too facile to simply say that sin separates - the love of God is deeper, broader, higher and more enduring than we realise.

40               NOT CONDEMNED, BUT SIN NO MORE. John 8.11. What did Christ mean when he told the woman taken in adultery to go and sin no more?  Did he not condemn her either?

41             CRUCIFIED....AND RISEN A brief meditation on the Cross

42             LEGITIMATE DEVELOPMENT. The desire to worship is inbuilt in humans, but they must constantly be aware of the need to re-interpret in their own language and world view.

43             STRING THEORY. The latest attempts to find a ‘theory of everything’ prompts us to look again at the picture the church presents to the man in the street. Don’t we need to modernize ourselves a little bit?

44             SLIDING BACKWARDS? A personal experience of how God rescues us when we begin to draw away from Him.

45             UNTOLD WEALTH  Our Christian lives are sometimes needlessly impoverished

46             HERESY What do we do about the Christians with whom we disagree as regards doctrine or practice?

47             THE PINK ROUBLE Homophobia in Russia - and the need for gay people to meet with gay people

48               JEWISH CHRISTIANITY - the battles in the early Church.

49               RECEIVING AT THE SAME TABLE Taking communion with Bishop Gene Robinson

50               BISEXUALITY - PART ONE  Can we reach a working definition of bisexuality? What is the greatest mistake that heterosexual people make about bisexuality?

51               BISEXUALITY - PART TWO  Does a bisexual husband commit adultery? What is the difference? Why did God give us the gift of sexual enjoyment?

52               BISEXUALITY - PART THREE Could it be that the bisexual has an understanding which could help in the present impasse in the churches? Three suggestions for the way forward.

53               IN THE PLAYPEN  God really is in command of the whole universe, and is constantly closer to each of us than a brother.

54               IN THE PLAYPEN - PART TWO What are the implications for the Christian of God being in charge of his creation?

55               DRAWING A LINE UNDER... Trying to stop the discussion - but some subjects are just too important to stifle discussion like that.

56               TRYING TO PRAY. Problems with prayer. How to widen and deepen your prayer life.

57               CLUTCHING AND LETTING GO.     All through life we clutch at the familiar and the safe, but God will not allow us to settle down like that.

58               THEY WANTED TO KEEP GOD FOR THEMSELVES. How easy it is to settle down with our ideas about God and to fence ourselves in.

59               GOOD FRIDAY. Some thoughts about the meaning of the Cross

60               TWO YEARS AGO. A reassessment of the Column after two years.

61               SOWERS AND REAPERS. The inevitable result of our decisions.

62               A DIALOGUE ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY. as implied

63               WHAT IS CHRISTIANITY? Channels of love

64               THE ‘S’ WORD. It is not easy to say sorry - or forgive.

65               SOME ISSUES IN HUMAN SEXUALITY, SECTION 4.4.34. as implied

66               A SENSE OF CONTINUITY. Time is a funny thing - and eternity?

67               DISCRIMINATION? DON’T MENTION THE WORD! Comments on a recent answer to the Press given by the Archbishop of Canterbury

68               TRANSFORMED. God changes our minds.

69               MISSING CHURCH.   How to survive as a Christian after leaving your church.

70               CHILDLIKENESS. What is the simple gospel?

71               CAPERNAUM. Jesus Christ - human and divine.

72               ABBA - FATHER.. Knowing God as Father means taking up our cross.

73               FAILURE.  Using our failures.

74               CONTROL FREAK? Putting our trust in God control.

75               A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A DISCIPLE. Implied

76               THE FATHERHOOD OF GOD. Going deeper into the mystery of God

                     our Father

77               COME UNTO ME..   What was Jesus offering?.

78               COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER ONE.

79                 THE AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE. Implied

80                 THE CRUMBLING CERTAINTIES. The world seems to be

                           going downhill..

81                 COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER TWO.

82                 FACING UP TO MODERNISM. Getting in tune with the current outlook.

83                 THE CHRISTIAN HOPE. Looking at some aspects of Christian hope.

84                 PLAYTHINGS OF THE GODS? Are we living in some computer simulation?.

85                 ‘THERE MUST BE BOUNDARIES’  Do we have to draw these lines in the sand?

86                 ENGAGING WITH POSTMODERNISM. Interpreting our faith for postmodernists

87                 COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER THREE

88                 HOW TO APPROACH A POSTMODERNIST - PART ONE

89                 HOW TO APPROACH A POSTMODERNIST - PART TWO 

90                 COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER FOUR

91                 TENSION AND THE GAY MAN. (Extra length article) - a look at some causes of tension for a gay Christian and some possible responses.

92                 COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER FIVE

                                                   -  ISSUES FOR THE PRIMATES TO CONSIDER

93                 COMMENTS ON THE WINDSOR REPORT - NUMBER SIX

                                                     - NEWRY AND SINCE

94                 MADE FOR COMMUNION The walk to Emmaus and the meaning of communion.

95                 LAW OR LOVE?  Christ leads us out from following conventional rules and standards

96                 A SCHISM-MAKING DIVIDE? How Christian is it to separate from other Christians?

97                 THE MOMENT OF TRUTH. The Cross, seen as a moment of truth.

98                 ON BEING CONTENT.  How was it Paul was content despite his busy life?

99                 REAL CHOICE. Maybe the world has to be as it is in order to give us real choice.

100                THE DILEMMA FOR CHRISTIANS TODAY. What should the churches do next?

101                NOT IN MACHU PICCHU . Explaining why there were no articles for six months                                                                      

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