On the agenda
It was certainly a rather different kind of show on Premier Radio last week when they ran a one-hour documentary telling the story of transgender Christians.
“Transgender issues have often been left out of lesbian, gay and bi-sexual discussions within the church,” says Dave Rose, Programme Director. But this programme was going to change all that.
Stefan, a trans male from a traditional Jamaican background said: “God knows your journey. God knows exactly what you’re going to do throughout your life because he planned it for you. So God knew I was going to be transgender; I’m fulfilling my purpose.”
The documentary heard from theologians, scientists and writers, many reflecting the traditional perspective that Dr Christopher West made: “Maybe we don’t heal the problem by changing the body; maybe it’s a spiritual problem and there is a healing for the soul.”
However, in a programme that was timely and revealing, Stephanie, a trans female who transitioned in 1979, believes churches have a duty to be inclusive.
“We as Christians need to examine our own motives about why we are rejecting people. God never rejected anybody and The Word tells me he wants everyone to be saved – everyone – so whatever you are, God wants you to have an opportunity to be saved,” she said. very special,” he said.
“I’m prepared to accept he was the Son of God, I do believe that there’s a God out there and I do believe he was the Son of God.”
Although Mr Paisley was at the other end of the ecclesiastical spectrum, it was this shared faith that helped the two to find common ground. Now who said faith was divisive? A remarkable archaeological discovery was made in France last week. A fragment of silex was found near Bergerac (in the Dordogne region) that contained a 35,000-year-old engraving that bore a remarkable similarity to the Twitter logo.
Perhaps ancient Gauls had a premonition about the very modern way of communicating, but it raises interesting questions in the Indiana Jones world.
First, would Twitter claim longer roots than we first thought? (The company was launched, helpfully, a decade ago this week, on 21 March 2006).
Or could there be a more significant implication?
The archaeologist William Skyvington (an Australian living and working in France), wondered: “This discovery probably suggests that the French government might look into the possibility of acquiring this prestigious company and declaring it a part of France’s national heritage.
“That would mean, of course, that all tweets, from then on, would have to be written in classical French, and approved by the Académie française.”
Let’s hope the Brexiteers don’t make an issue of this one!