France, Le Pen and the Far Right

The French Presidential election heads into round two after Easter. The French electoral system relies on a two-stage approach. A kind of slowed down Alternative Vote system if you like. Instead of casting a second preference vote, you get to vote again to decide between the two front runners and have an opportunity to reflect… Continue reading France, Le Pen and the Far Right

What if Putin really believes his own propaganda?

Over the past few days, western leaders have expressed concern that Vladimir Putin’s regime are making false claims about biological and chemical warfare labs in Ukraine which are allegedly being funded/supported by the US.  The fear is that this is paving the way for Putin to launch his own chemical weapons attack possibly as a… Continue reading What if Putin really believes his own propaganda?

The Canadian Truckers’ Convoy: Be careful about what/who you advocate for

Have you ever found yourself stepping in to support someone who has appeared to be the victim only to be rather embarrassed when the facts come out?  It’s important to take time to check the facts. Over the last few weeks, the Canadian Truckers’ Convoy have been presented as heroes fighting for freedom. Their protest… Continue reading The Canadian Truckers’ Convoy: Be careful about what/who you advocate for

When people are trying to influence church direction with conspiracy theories

I’ve written previously about the challenges with responding to conspiracy theories in relation to COVID19. I was recently asked how I would encourage church leaders to respond when those conspiracy theories are being pushed by people within the church with a view to shaping the church agenda. My response is as follows. First of all… Continue reading When people are trying to influence church direction with conspiracy theories

Taking the man out of mandatory vaccines

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From time to time I publish guest articles on faithroot.com. This article comes from Ash Cunningham, assistant pastor at Grace Church Cheltenham and is in response to my article yesterday on vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial which Ash had prior sight of. I’m no Ghetto Barbie I hope that the following article wasn’t entirely prompted… Continue reading Taking the man out of mandatory vaccines

What are they teaching?

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The professor who takes in the Pevensie children in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe famously asks “What do they teach in schools these days?” Well, whatever is being taught in schools, we have quite a good idea of what is being taught in our universities and by whom. We know because academics quite… Continue reading What are they teaching?

How ‘nice’ are the anti-vax conspiracy theorists?

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Did you know that amongst other things, the book of Revelation prophesies the advent of big pharma and the plot by these multi-nationals to take over the world in the face of a global pandemic? Here it is in Revelation 18:23 “all nations were deceived by your pharmacy” There you have it.  The big pharmaceutical… Continue reading How ‘nice’ are the anti-vax conspiracy theorists?

That Hideous Strength (book review)

No, not the third in the CS Lewis Sci-Fi Trilogy, although the title is drawn from that book. This is Melvin Tinker’s analysis of the cultural dangers that the church and indeed Western society more broadly are facing today. Unsurprisingly, the primary cultural dangers identified by Tinker are the post-modern approach to tolerance that blurs… Continue reading That Hideous Strength (book review)

Why it is important that we treasure the truth

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What do you do when you hear something, a big claim which if true has massive implications but for which there is no evidence, it is just someone’s claim? Surely the right thing to do before you start to spread the claim is to check your facts. Is there evidence or are you spreading a… Continue reading Why it is important that we treasure the truth