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The Tony Cross Column started life on the Courage site in early 2002, and, after a while on its own site, has returned here. It attempts to address issues that are of interest to all gay Christians.

In order to keep the articles reasonably short, no subject is examined too deeply – each is more of a brief incursion from a gay standpoint. The articles are written from the male point of view, and it is hoped the author’s experience of life both as a Christian and as a gay man will prove of help to the reader.

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194 The Anglican Church discusses women bishops (July 2010)

193 Closets and homophobes (June 2010)

192 Time to move beyond the legal (May 2010)

191 Gay Bishops and the Covenant (March 2010)

190 Nuances, interpretations, applications and disagreement (March 2010)

189 The fatal moment (March 2010)

188 How tolerant should we be of intolerance? (February 2010)

187 Who will sign the Covenant? And which Covenant? (February 2010)

186 The God of Wonder (February 2010)

185 Positive thinking? (January 2010)

184 What does the proposed bill against homosexuality in Uganda tells us about the Ugandan Church? (December 2009)

183 Liberal Christians (September 2009)

182 The Shepherd waves his crook (July 2009)

181 The authority of scripture (July 2009)

180 It's natural (Part Two) (June 2009)

179 It's natural (Part One) (June 2009)

178 How do you get out of a big tent? (June 2009)

177 A concatenation of events (June 2009)

176 Disputes in churches - the Church of Scotland (May 2009)

175 Autonomy-in-communion (May 2009)

174 New Testament parallels with today (May 2009)

173 Changing homosexuals to heterosexuals (March 2009)

172 Celebrating a life (February 2009)

171 A short stay in Switzerland (January 2009)

170 Our creative God (January 2009)

169 The huge benefit of being gay or lesbian in today's world (January 2009)

168 When is a marriage not a marriage? (December 2008)

167 Aggravating the tension? (Septamber 2008)

166 Four reasons to become a Christian (September 2008)

165 The first big schism (August 2008)

164 Well, it’s all over! (August 2008)

163 It’s getting personal (July 2008)

162 The worst sort of schism (June 2008)

161 The subject of gay marriages (June 2008)

160 There’s bound to be some fighting along the way (April 2008)

159 Love and intimacy (March 2008)

158 The Sharia row (February 2008)

157 The Covenant - Part Two (February 2008)

156 Living respectfully with the diversity God has given. (January 2008)

155 A tidal wave of shocks around the world - good! (January 2008)

154 A meditation for Christmas (December 2007)

153 Just a kind of arrested development? (December 2007)

152 Batten down the hatches - dirty weather ahead (December 2007)

151 The Street - Thursday 22nd November (November 2007)

150 Piggy in the middle (November 2007)

149 Not a perversion, not an illness (November 2007)

148 The worldwide divide (November 2007)

147 Making Jesus the centre of your life - the only way to freedom. (October 2007)

146 The call to postpone Lambeth 2008 (October 2007)

145 Here we go again (September 2007)

144 Choice (September 2007)

143 What is church? (September 2007)

142 The stark alternatives (September 2007)

141 Q - a lost gospel (September 2007)

140 Another gay bishop? (September 2007)

139 The direction of society (August 2007)

138 The way society warps gay people (August 2007)

137 To the Episcopal Church of America: Stand firm! (July 2007)

136 Four departures (July 2007)

135 What sort of God? (July 2007)

134 The evil of disunity (July 2007)

133 Examining the covenant idea (1) (July 2007)

132 Four Journeys (July 2007)

131 Interpretation (June 2007)

130 Have you learned to let go yet? (May 2007)

129 Looking ahead (May 2007)

128 Internalised homophobia (May 2007)

127 Burning in hell - for ever? (April 2007)

126 Our providential way (April 2007)

125 Shamed by the women (March 2007)

124 Not acceptable (February 27)

123 Assertive paranoia (January 2007)

122 God in control? (January 2007)

121 Sleepwalking into captivity (January 2007)

120 Wandering around Galilee (December 2006)

119 Active Acceptance ((December 2006))

118 Punishment and retribution (November 2006)

117 Living a lie? (October 2006)

116 Hardwired (September 2006)

115 Welcome or inclusion? ((August 2006))

114 What matters (August 2006)

113 An open letter to American Anglicans (July 2006)

112 The difference between fudge and compromise (July 2006)

111 Eliminating the gay affirming churches (July 2006)

110 The communion we once loved (June 2006)

109 The God syndrome (February 2006)

108 Get out of the box! (February 2006)

107 Brokeback Mountain (January 2006)

106 Morality for gays (October 2005)

105 Tackling terrorism (September 2005)

104 In harmony together or split? (August 2005)

103 Expanding our thinking (August 2005)

102 Growing up gay (August 2005)

101 Not in Machu Picchu (July 2005)

100 The dilemma for Christians today (July 2005)

99 Real Choice (July 2005)

98 On Being Content (January 2005)

97 The moment of truth (July 2005)

96 A schism-making divide? (July 2005)

95 Law or love? (May 2005)

94 Made for communion (April 2005)

93 Comments on the Windsor Report Number six (March 2005)

92 The Windsor Report - Number Five (February 2005)

91 Tension and the gay Christian (February 2005)

90 The Windsor Report - Part Four (February 2005)

89 How to approach a postmodernist - Part Two (January 2005)

88 How to approach a postmodernist - Part One (January 2005)

87 The Windsor Report - Part Three (January 2005)

86 Engaging with postmodernism (January 2005)

85 There must be boundaries (December 2004)

84 Playthings of the gods? (December 2004)

83 The Christian Hope (December 2004)

82 Facing up to postmodernism. (November 2004)

81 Comments on the Windsor Report - Number Two (November 2004)

80 The crumbling certainties (October 2004)

79 The authority of Scripture (October 2004)

78 Comments on the Windsor Report - Number One (October 2004)

77 Come unto me . . . (September 2004)

76 The Fatherhood of God (September 2004)

75 A day in the life of a disciple (August 2004)

74 Control freak? (August 2004)

73 Failure (August 2004)

72 Abba – Father (August 2004)

71 Capernaum (August 2004)

70 Childlikeness (August 2004)

69 Missing church (August 2004)

68 Transformed (July 2004)

67 Discrimination? Don’t mention the word. (July 2004)

66 A sense of continuity (July 2004)

65 Some issues in Human Sexuality, Section 4.4.34 (July, 2004)

64 The ‘S’ word (June 2004)

63 What is Christianity? (June, 2004)

62 A dialogue about homosexuality (June 2004 )

61 Sowers and reapers (May 2004)

60 Two years ago (June 2004)

59 Good Friday (April 2004)

58 They wanted to keep God for themselves (April 2004)

57 Clutching and letting go (April 2004)

56 Trying to pray (April 2004)

55 Drawing a line under . . . (April 2004)

54 In the playpen – Part Two (March 2004)

53 In the playpen (March 2004)

52 Bisexuality Part Three (February 2004)

51 Bisexuality Part Two (February 2004)

50 Bisexuality – Part One (February 2004)

49 Receiving at the same table (January 2004)

48 Jewish Christianity (January 2004)

47 The pink rouble (January 2004)

46 Heresy (January 2004)

45 Untold wealth (December 2003)

44 Sliding backwards? (December 2003)

43 String Theory (November 2003)

42 Legitimate development (November 2003)

41 Crucified…and risen (November 2003)

40 Not condemned, but no more sin (October 2003)

39 Sin separates - or does it? (2003)

38 Homophobia (2003)

37 Did Christ think the world was flat? (Part One) (September 2003 )

36 ‘. . . he cautiously pulled back’ (Galatians 2.12) (August 2003)

35 Acceptance (June 2003)

34 Infidelity and the bisexual married man. Part Two (June 2003)

33 Some brief musings on intimacy (January 2003)

32 Experience (December 2002)

31 The goldfish bowl (2002)

30 Is homosexuality an obsession? (2002)

29 Spiritualizing the Bible (November 2002)

28 “The inspired Word of God” (December 2002)

27 Walking blind – the use of prayer day-by-day (2002)

26 Being in control (October 2002)

25 Letting go (September 2002)

24 Not a question of morality . . . (October 2002)

23 Choices, choices, choices (August 2002)

22 Crumbs for dogs (September 2002)

21 Deepening the dialogue (September 2002)

20 Slaves, obey your masters (October 2002)

19 Just as I am (August 2002)

18 Thank God in every circumstance. For what? (August 2008)

17 Rain on the righteous (August 2002)

16 On trusting in God (August 2002)

15 Infidelity and the bisexual married man. (July 2002)

14 Them and Us (August 2002)

13 The Galileo Syndrome (July 2002)

12 An open letter to a gay friend (2002)

11 Church and State (April 2002)

10 Finding Mr Right (May 2002)

9 Cultural acquiescence (May 2002)

8 Flies in amber… (2002)

7 Who am I? (April 2002)

6 A gay man looks at the bible… (April 2002)

5 Prayer for beginners (2002)

4 Finding a church (2002)

3 The purity of the faith (2002)

2 GUILT (2002)

1 Conscience (2002)

 


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