We’re expecting a full public inquiry to follow the COVID-19 pandemic and that is generally seen to be a good thing. Some people want an inquiry because they believe that there are people culpable either through intent or at least wilful neglect and they should be held to account. Others are looking for lessons learnt… Continue reading I’m not convinced we need a public inquiry on COVID
We moved church during the 3rd lockdown. It wasn’t an easy time to do it because it meant that our new church family were having to meet online. A pre-recorded service with a few songs and a talk was followed by coffee time on Zoom. Then we joined in a community group in the week… Continue reading Seeing in 3D
Yesterday I published this article from Ash Cunningham in response to my article about Vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial which Ash had prior sight of. I don’t want to prolong a debate but I did think it might be helpful to clarify one thing from the conversation and that might in turn help us to… Continue reading Vaccine conversations -Am I a truth suppressor?
Back in 2011 we were looking at the possibility of moving to two Sunday morning congregations. I’d personally been convinced by the passionate persuasion of a couple of leaders, however there were still some members that were unsure and some that were outright opposed. At one point I was even accused of personally seeking to… Continue reading vaccine hesitancy and vaccine denial
Today’s headlines included reports that Sajid Javid has told care workers that if they won’t be vaccinated, they should move on and get another job. Next week we’ll be running a little series of articles concerning vaccine hesitancy including a guest post from Ash Cunningham who has a different perspective to mine. Ash picks up… Continue reading Should care home workers lose their jobs if they are not vaccinated?
When I put together my initial advice on church risk management as we came out of lockdown, I advised that we needed to divide the risks into those driven by objective measures – how likely is our church to become the cause of a COVID-19 outbreak leading to hospitalisations – and subjective measures, how do… Continue reading COVID-19 anxiety and church life
Over the weekend we saw a crisis start to take shape. It was in effect self-inflicted. Warnings that there might some pressure on fuel supplies led to panic buying and over the weekend the pumps ran dry. In this article on Sunday, I commented that it would be peculiar if the crisis we were facing… Continue reading Do we need to make Scripture relevant?
Over the last couple of days, I ran a little survey on twitter asking people when was the last time they’d heard pastors addressing specific contemporary issues. You can see the results here and I’m planning to share a few articles later this week with further analysis and discussion of them. One thing that came… Continue reading Preaching in the middle of a crisis
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?
One of my concerns during the pandemic has been the way that truth has so often been the first casualty. The debate has often been polarised between two extremes. On the one hand you’ve had the zero COVID lobby determined to prove that our governments are intentionally trying to kill us, at the other end,… Continue reading Responding to a bit of anti-vax propaganda