Like many others I have been concerned and disturbed by the scenes and news from Gaza – at least 62 dead, including a number of women and children. I have also been concerned by the reactions. On the one hand there are those who regard this as yet another proof of the evil apartheid Israeli state, on the other there are those who see … Continue reading Gaza, Israel, Politicians and the Church – Some Questions
Light Engaging Darkness is a weekly post that tries to give a summary and comment on current cultural events, from a Christian perspective. It’s important to say that these are personal opinions and not an attempt to say this is THE Christian view. Some things are clear in terms of the Bible – others are not. All I am trying to do is try to think … Continue reading LED 19 – Is May the New Maggie? – Anti-Semitism in Sweden and Westminster – Women’s Football – Wrongful Birth – Sinclair Ferguson on Education – Transmania continues.
Light Engaging Darkness 5 – 1) Feel the Hate – Barcleona, Finland and Charlottesville – The world seems full of violence and hate. one person killed in Charlottesville by a far right extremist, another two in Finland and 14 in Barcelona by Islamists. What has astounded me, and it really shouldn’t because now we should expect it, is the different reactions from most of … Continue reading LED 5 – Barcelona, Charlottesville – Glasgow Pride – Love is Love – Sarah Champion – The Real Modern Slavery – Google’s Tolerance – Endeavour – Is the Church like an Empty Whisky Bottle? – Kris Kristofferson
Have a look at this poster? It is a pro-Corbyn, anti-May poster erected in Bristol this week. I guess you could just say it is part of the rough and tumble of election politics, although I regard it as indicative of the simplistic dumbed down politics we are being forced to endure. Apart from that can you see anything offensive about it? Notice … Continue reading Why Anti-Semitism Matters in the British Election
Last week I predicted that Israel would be a major issue in 2017 – it was not exactly the gift of foresight, its 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and the existence of this one small state has been a major issue ever since the Second World War. But nonetheless I was surprised to see the ‘prophecy’ coming true with a week! The headline … Continue reading Who Faces the Greater Threat- Sir Alan Duncan or Israel?
My film reviews are like bus’s – you wait ages for one, and then two come along at once. But I could not wait to write this one. We went to see ‘Remember’ last night at our usual venue, Dundee Contemporary Arts…the small cinema two was virtually empty..but the handful of us who saw this remarkable film were stunned. It has possibly the most stunning … Continue reading Remember – a Review
Visit to the Scottish Parliament- 10th Feb 2016 I was asked to speak to the Scottish Parliament sub-committee on religious freedom. Although I never stick to a text the following is the substance of what I said and a few reflections on the whole experience – which tells us a great deal about the state of Church and Society in Scotland today. “It is my … Continue reading Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets
Wednesday 21st Jan to Friday 23rd January This is my final blog from Oz – although to be strictly accurate I am writing it as we fly over Tehran. We left our hotel at 5pm Thursday and by the time we get home to Dundee, it will have been 41 hours from door to door. Australia is a long way away – or if you … Continue reading Australia – Where Europe and Asia Meet – Australian Days Six – the Final Days