Is the national Anthem a prayer and should we sing it in church?

Before we leave behind some of the questions that have arisen out of the Jubilee weekend, I’d like to talk about one more thing.  One suggestion made has been that we could at least sing the National Anthem in our church services because it is a prayer. In fact, I’ve seen it argued that this… Continue reading Is the national Anthem a prayer and should we sing it in church?

A tale of two countries – A Jubilee celebration for all?

Apparently, something big has been happening in Britain over the past few days.  Read certain papers (The Telegraph, the tabloids) or watch the BBC and you’ll pick up on it.  The UK are celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee with street parties and pageants, festooning their houses and neighbourhoods with bunting and Union Jack flags.  Those… Continue reading A tale of two countries – A Jubilee celebration for all?

Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

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Here’s some information about debt in the UK. The average debt in the UK was over £1.7 billion at the end of November 2021. The average total debt per household in 2021 was £63,112. Unsecured debt from personal loans was estimated at £208 billion in 2019. As stated in UK personal debt statistics, 63% of UK… Continue reading Make it a real Jubilee – cancel the debt

Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

Yesterday, I began to talk about celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  As promised, here’s why I don’t intend to make a big thing of the so called Jubilee Sunday.  The first thing to say is that my position doesn’t arise out of some passionate republicanism although my sympathies lie increasingly that way.  I’m inclined to… Continue reading Why I won’t be celebrating Jubilee Sunday (if I can help it)

Is the Queen a Christian?

This weekend marks the official celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.  A recent pastors’ discussion on Facebook was prompted by the question “How will you be marking Jubilee Sunday?”  My answer is that “I won’t”.  I’ll write a little bit more about that tomorrow.  Steve Kneale has written here explaining why he won’t.  Personally, I’ve… Continue reading Is the Queen a Christian?