It’s the phrase that I suspect most Christians dread to hear but it’s one that I suspect is most used among believers too. Tim Wilson recently asked on twitter which particular Christian cliches irritate us the most and the phrase “I’m saying this in love” and presumably variants on that theme came up. Why does… Continue reading “I’m saying this in love”
Every so often, I pick up a book with it’s hot new take on this or that particularly theological issue. The author claims to have a fresh, new perspective that will enable us to understand a Bible passage or book, or a doctrine in a new way. I’m wary of such claims, novel ideas rarely… Continue reading The missing endorsement
Among the weird and wonderful stories showing up in the so called main stream news this week was this one about champing. “What on earth is that?” I hear you ask. Well, apparently it’s a new craze, based on the idea of glamping where historic churches (CH amping … get it?) are opened ip for… Continue reading Nope, Champing will not save the church
Don’t worry, I’m not about to get into a debate or discussion about the details of Prince Harry’s book. I’ve chosen not to buy or read the book. The little I’ve heard in press commentary has put me off. It doesn’t sound like something I’ll find helpful and I suspect that will be true for… Continue reading Spare
One of the annual winter traditions in the UK is doom headlines about the NHS collapsing. This winter has been particularly grim with high levels of COVID, flu and other illnesses. Add into the mix key worker strikes including by nurses and ambulance drivers and it sounds like a lot of hospital A&E departments are… Continue reading Saving the NHS – one small step
Wow, I’ve managed to get through a long period without writing anything about COVID. Whilst some people are still wearing facemasks and posting their test results and whilst others contiine to refuse vaccination, generally the subject has quietened down. However, in the past few weeks, COVID debates seemed to have burst back into life again… Continue reading Covid, China, variants and travel restrictions
According to recent census reports, Christianity is now a minority in the UK. Those identifying as Christian has fallen below 50%. “Christians” are still the largest grouping at 46.2% with 37.2% describing themselves as having no religion at all and the rest being split between other significant faiths such as Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism and Sikhism.… Continue reading The census results – is Britain a Christian country?
The Supreme Court has ruled that the Scottish Parliament does not have the power to call another referendum on independence. Obviously, the SNP and their supporters are upset and disappointed by this. They have every right to campaign for independence and wanted the opportunity for a new vote. I’m not sure that they’ve got reason… Continue reading No, the Supreme Court’s decision on a Scottish Independence referendum did not mark the death of democracy.
Allegedly, Twitter is going to implode and collapse. Already, I’m seeing the predictable comments about how “this feels just like the Y2K bug all over again.” Similar comments were made during the pandemic The implication is that we are dealing with a hysterical, over inflated scare story or even a hoax. This is because back… Continue reading Why we fire fight … There’s little gratitude for prevented problems
Well another Prime Minister has gone. I just popped upstairs for a few minutes to wrap Sarah’s Birthday present and came back downstairs again to find it was all change. Here are a couple of initial thoughts. First that response of anger and sadness at the utter mess is right. The people harmed most by… Continue reading Responding to the Prime Minister’s resignation