jonathanbarb

Hello, I'm Jonathan, but you can call me Jono, Barbie, Jbarb, J-dog, Bear, Papa Bear, or Jonathan, if you like. I'm the new ministry intern for Hope Hornby and in particular with the Living Room and pastoral care for young adults. I'm originally from Atlanta, GA, but moved to Christchurch 7 years ago to marry my wife, Joce. The last 9 years of my life I've been serving God in youth ministry (2 years back in GA before moving here), and now I'm moving into a new chapter of ministry as I train for ordination in the PCANZ. Joce and I have a baby girl, Emersyn (Emmy), 2 dogs (Tahi and Chipper), 3 cats (Romeo, Winston, and Peppa), and a bunch of fish (yes, they all have names too, but I won't bore you with all of them). We love animals, and all of God's creation. I love music, movies, sports, acting, and of course, theology. And I love working with people and sharing life experience, the love of God, and whatever knowledge I have on whatever things I know.

The Complexities of Sexuality, Theology, and The Church Blog 5: Marriage pt.3 – Zacharias, Brownson, Write, and Vines

I want to introduce you to a few videos. Perhaps this is the first time you’ve encountered some of these people. You may have never heard of them, you may decide to do some research on them and find out more. But I have found the content of these particular speakers in these videos compelling, enlightening, and interesting. I believe… Read more →

The Complexities of Sexuality, Theology, and The Church – Blog 4: Marriage pt. 2 – Sprinkle and Gushee

Welcome back. Again, as I mentioned previously, instead of offering fully fleshed out essay (either by me or by more qualified people I’m pulling from) my intention is to give you enough variety of Christian content on the matter of same-sex marriage and relationships that to give you something to chew on and discuss with friends, family, and others. Yes,… Read more →

The Complexities of Sexuality, Theology, and The Church – Blog 3: Marriage pt.1 John Stott

For the sake of time (yours and mine), moving forward I’m going to simplify some arguments but give you some examples of theologians and authors, books, articles, and videos to look at and listen to that will assist you in developing further, or perhaps changing your stance and perspective on the matter.   Over the next couple blogs we’ll look… Read more →

The Complexities of Sexuality, Theology, and the Church – Blog 2: Humanness, Sin, and Sexuality

What is human sexuality anyway?   I feel that for years the Church has shied away from teaching about sex and sexuality and has therefore made it a taboo subject. I believe the Church should be active in teaching what God says about sex and embrace the fact that we are humans with a sexuality. Our sexuality is part of… Read more →

The Complexities of Sexuality, Theology, and the Church – Blog 1: Intro and 3 general groupings

Sexuality (and in particular homosexuality, LGBTQI, and same sex marriage (and the Church’s stance(s) on it)) is something I’ve been asked a fair bit about over the years in ministry, and it’s something I’ve given considerable thought and theological reflection to. So, in what will be my final blog series for the Living Room, and my last chance to really… Read more →