The problem with porous boundaries

I’ve argued throughout COVID-19 that in a pandemic compliance and non-compliance matters.  The nature of non-compliance is important too. It is actually better to have a self-contained 10% of the population failing to comply if the other 90% are complying at 100%. However, if 100% of the population comply with 90% of the measures orContinue reading “The problem with porous boundaries”

Covid and euthanasia of the elderly

Dystopian Literature often focuses on the concept that elderly people in an ordered authoritarian society will be required to accept that a day will come when they must lay down their lives. [1]For example, in “The Fixed Period” by Trollope, the inhabitants of Britannica near New Zealand legislate that at 67 years old, citizens shouldContinue reading “Covid and euthanasia of the elderly”

Coronavirus and what the data is telling us

This is one of my regular appeals for us to work harder at understanding the Pandemic and to be slower to jump to tribal political responses of either panic or complacency. This week it was announced that the UK now topped the list as the worst hit country for deaths per million.  This led toContinue reading “Coronavirus and what the data is telling us”

Joining a new church in lockdown

Circumstances have compelled us to change churches.  I’m very grateful that there are a couple of other churches that have been very loving and caring, looking out for us as we make that transition but not everyone has that luxury.  Ordinary church members are less likely to have church leaders watching out for them specificallyContinue reading “Joining a new church in lockdown”

Zoom communion revisited

Back when we first went into lockdown, our church decided to use zoom and Facebook to enable us to continue gathering. We recognised that these means were not perfect but we felt that the Scriptural injunction to gather was so important that we should try by every means possible to do so. As a churchContinue reading “Zoom communion revisited”

Lockdown 3 Five questions for the Government that politicians and the media are not asking

In terms of volume, the COVID-19 debate in the UK is dominated by two extremes. These tend to reflect traditional political divides, the libertarian right versus the liberal left, the Brexiteers versus the Remainers. It is as though COVID-19 is another proxy for old battles.  On the onside, lockdown obsessives insist that nothing less thanContinue reading “Lockdown 3 Five questions for the Government that politicians and the media are not asking”

To stop a crisis like the pandemic you need to identify root causes

So here we go again. In any crisis there are three types of people. There are those who don’t think there is a crisis. “What’s all the fuss? ” They ask before accusing those wanting action of sinister motives. Then there are those running around shouting, panicking and trying anything and everything. Sadly, the COVIDContinue reading “To stop a crisis like the pandemic you need to identify root causes”

Prioritising the non-vulnerable may help protect the vulnerable

The primary assumption with rolling out vaccines is that you want to make sure that the highly vulnerable get the vaccine first, so you start with the over 80s and then the over 70s and those with medical conditions. There is a lot of wisdom in that.  However, a comment by our local Public HealthContinue reading “Prioritising the non-vulnerable may help protect the vulnerable”

Why I started preaching longer sermons again

At the start of Coronavirus when we all moved church services online, the majority view was that we needed to preach shorter sermons (in fact our services overall were shorter).  I agreed with this approach and followed it. I believe it was the right thing to do. You see, all the evidence seemed to pointContinue reading “Why I started preaching longer sermons again”