After the first and highly successful Live Aid, Bob Geldof turned to his fellow organiser Midge Ure, and asked, ‘Is that it?’ It was his reflection on the success and joy of Live Aid – a reflection which became the title of his autobiography. Many of us can identify with this. We have this sense of something missing. We are aware of living in the … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 6 – Life in the Shadowlands
This article was first published on Christian Today here – Every time there is a manifestation of human evil, whether it’s an abuse scandal in the church, paedophilia like Jimmy Saville, the Weinstein affair, or the perversion of charity in Haiti, the response is the same: never again! We must set up an inquiry, make new laws, change the culture, wear Me Too badges/dresses; and … Continue reading #MeToo: 7 lessons for the movement from slave trader John Newton
The Ecclesiastes series continues in Christian Today Sometimes we do not appreciate the freedoms and benefits that Christianity has given us in the West. It is like a child who has never known hunger and is therefore not so appreciative of food. In the West we have a Christian legacy that, although much of the heart has gone, still provides a ripple effect. One of … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 5:8-20- The secret to a contented life
This weeks Ecclesiastes column in Christian Today – perhaps appropriate for your worship tomorrow? Solomon has identified many of the problems that we face in life today – the meaninglessness of it all – and he has shown that all of our solutions don’t bring real meaning. He had visited the courtroom, the marketplace, the travellers’ way and the palace. Now, in Ecclesiastes 5: 1-7, he … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 5: What is the nature of true worship?
Todays Christian Today Article There appears to be an epidemic of abuse in today’s world. Whether its Jimmy Saville and the BBC, Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood, Oxfam and the charities industry, or the apparently endless stories of abuse within the Christian church, it seems as though hardly a day goes by without a new revelation of yet another scandal. In a world of ‘safe spaces’ … Continue reading The crime of spiritual abuse: One of the most dangerous ideas in decades
After spending a great deal of time discussing and debating the pros and cons of same sex marriage, first of all being assured it wouldn’t happen (after all, we already had civil partnerships) then being assured it wouldn’t affect anyone, I received a letter from Her Majesty’s Government. To be precise, from the office of the then prime minister, David Cameron. In response to my … Continue reading Polyamory and polygamy – the next big social change?
(this was first published on the Christian Today website) Rachael Denhollander is my new heroine. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite as brave, compelling, articulate and gospel centered as her testimony in the Larry Nassar trial. But it’s what I read later in an interview the former gymnast gave to Christianity Today in the US that really got to me. She said: ‘Church is one … Continue reading Rachael Denhollander and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse in the Church
(An edited edition of this article was first published on Christian Today here – ) Since the government is the highest authority known to secular man, it must be the solution to every problem. Including the problem of loneliness. Thus Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to a report from the Jo Cox Commission, has appointed a minister for loneliness, Tracey Crouch. Loneliness is not a … Continue reading The Cure for Loneliness – the Cord of Three Strands – (Ecclesiastes 4:7-12)
The late Christopher Hitchins in his last book made one of the saddest statements I have ever heard: ‘I don’t have a body, I am a body.’ If that were true then the company in Arizona that believes in cryonics might be worth checking out. It freezes human bodies at minus 320 degrees in the hope that some day in the future they can unfreeze … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3: The Naked Ape and Eternal Life
This article first appeared on Christian Today Like my colleague Joseph Hartropp, I love the Netflix drama The Crown. It’s big budget, beautifully produced and the dialogue and plot are West Wing sharp. None more so than in episode six of season two, which features the relationship between the young Queen Elizabeth and the American evangelist Billy Graham, on his first visit to the UK in 1954. It was … Continue reading The Queen and Billy Graham