What our Afghan friends need right now

Yesterday I wrote about where the battle for Afghanistan was lost. I argued that the fate of the Afghan people was sealed at Doha when the US signed a deal with the Taliban. Consider the impact of that.  The people knew well what a return of the Taliban would mean: torture, rape, slavery, death.  Yet… Continue reading What our Afghan friends need right now

We cannot pretend that Afghanistan is not our responsibility

Here are the words of Joe Biden, the US President seeking to shift blame and responsibility away from himself and away from us in the West. Now, we may have different opinions on the rights and wrongs of going into Afghanistan. As I’ve said before, I was sceptical, reluctant, cautious but on balance believe the… Continue reading We cannot pretend that Afghanistan is not our responsibility

God’s Man in the Whitehouse?

It’s inauguration day in the States and Joe Biden will officially succeed Donald Trump as US President around about 5pm GMT. I usually like to watch the US election result and the inauguration just as I like to stay up for General Election night here.  It’s probably the closest our friends across the pond get… Continue reading God’s Man in the Whitehouse?

The Rule of Law

What makes a democracy? Is it simply that people get to vote for their political leaders and their policies? Well, not quite. Even dictators are fond of plebiscites (the traditional reason given by older politicians against the use of referenda) and some of the most brutal and corrupt regimes officially have elections. Those tend to… Continue reading The Rule of Law

Graciousness in victory and defeat #Election2020

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In the early hours of Wednesday morning, President Trump made a short speech, claiming that he had won the US Presidential election and accusing his opponents of attempting to steal the election. On Saturday night, with all States now called, it became clear that in fact Joe Biden had won.  Normal protocol is that the… Continue reading Graciousness in victory and defeat #Election2020

What does not change

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This is based on an article I wrote just after the Brexit vote. Today the US goes to the polls in the US Presidential election. For good or bad the election will affect most of us in some way, all around the world. However, we should keep the result in perspective If the Gospel is… Continue reading What does not change

The US presidential election – how do you choose?

I’ve posted a couple of articles about the US Presidential election already and I’ll probably include a few more as we get closer to the 2nd November.  Although I’m posting from Britain, I do get some US readers and there are of course some American citizens entitled to vote who live here (although they will… Continue reading The US presidential election – how do you choose?

John Piper is right -the US Presidential Election is about character and pride first

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John Piper has been raising eyebrows this week. In an article, he argued that pride in a presidential candidate is as dangerous and likely to cause death as having a president with a liberal attitude to abortion laws. The surprising thing is that this in effect puts him at odds with his generation and his… Continue reading John Piper is right -the US Presidential Election is about character and pride first