COVID-19 and the ethics of mask wearing

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Regular readers of Faithroot.com will have seen my occasional risk assessment and advice posts concerning COVID-19.  In summary, my position through the summer has been that churches should seek to move cautiously towards full re-opening. In the short term this would mean Continuing to allow additional capacity to provide extra space for people to meet… Continue reading COVID-19 and the ethics of mask wearing

The crucial point about the Chaplain’s sermon on gender and sexuality

You may have seen this article in the news, it’s about a school chaplain who has been sacked following a talk in which he told pupils that they should not be forced to accept LGBT ideology. I want you to notice a couple of things here. That he did not question the right of LGBTQ… Continue reading The crucial point about the Chaplain’s sermon on gender and sexuality

Do we worship freedom?

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When he wrote Escape from Reason, Francis Schaeffer talked about how we have divided the word in half, below the line is the natural world and above it is the supernatural, what we look to for meaning, what in effect we worship. Once we remove from God from above the line we replace him with… Continue reading Do we worship freedom?

After Brexit: This is the beginning of the debate not the end

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The Brexit transition period is over and so today, some of those who have remained opposed in principle to the UK leaving the UK have announced their intention to re-join. This is their democratic right and Brexiteers who campaigned for many years to leave should respect their right to campaign for what they believe in,… Continue reading After Brexit: This is the beginning of the debate not the end

What does it mean to “just focus on protecting the vulnerable”?

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a point of view gaining momentum in certain quarters which is that we should never have had a full national lockdown and that we should be lifting all restrictions now so that the young and healthy can be free to live their lives without interference.  Instead we should… Continue reading What does it mean to “just focus on protecting the vulnerable”?

Why I won’t be joining Christian Concern in taking the Government to court

A number of Christian leaders have joined with Christian Concern For Our Nation in taking legal action against the government for pursuing lockdown and the closing of church buildings during Coronavirus. I want to explain here why I disagree with the action and won’t be supporting it. First of all, on one level, I respect… Continue reading Why I won’t be joining Christian Concern in taking the Government to court

The problem with test, track and trace

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One of the big questions asked about the UK’s response to COVID-19 is why we did not respond in the same way as South Korea. It’s a good question. If any country represents a true outlier in terms of significantly lower death rates, then South Korea is the best candidate. I recently noted in an… Continue reading The problem with test, track and trace

#Coronavirus – why do the rules have to be so strict?

You are driving down the street and you see one of those road signs, it has a red outer circle and on the inside it says 30. What does the sign mean? That’s obvious isn’t it? It means you could probably get away with driving at 40 miles per hour! There is something about our… Continue reading #Coronavirus – why do the rules have to be so strict?