LED 25 – Billy Graham; Is the Netherlands a Narco State?; Dundee- the Death Drugs Capital; The Thought Police and Center Parcs; Apple Removes Easter; The Post; Google and the end of Science.

  Billy Graham This week has been a significant week because of the death of Billy Graham – much has been written about him – most of it positive (although a few religious people and militant atheists have done their best to stick the boot in!) perhaps this from the New York Times is the best from a secular perspective. I also thought this article … Continue reading LED 25 – Billy Graham; Is the Netherlands a Narco State?; Dundee- the Death Drugs Capital; The Thought Police and Center Parcs; Apple Removes Easter; The Post; Google and the end of Science.

LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

Welcome to LED no. 24….as always we try to bring you a mixture of articles and comments, which illustrate and illuminate the world we live in. The Oxfam Scandal –   The stories about Oxfam (and other large charities) are appalling. It’s not just that Oxfam workers engaged in sexual abuse but that Oxfam knew and attempted to cover up. What intrigues me about this is … Continue reading LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

The crime of spiritual abuse: One of the most dangerous ideas in decades

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

Polyamory and polygamy – the next big social change?

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?

Rachael Denhollander and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse in the Church

(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

LED 23 – Suing the NHS; Finance or Freedom?; Trump and Morgan; Ofsted and ‘Muscular Liberalism’; Star Wars on the Sabbath; the Astonishing Rachael Denhollander; Should Christians eat Meat?; Chick-Fil-A; Karl Marx

  This weeks LED has everything from Karl Marx to Chick-Fil-A, Donald Trump, Piers Morgan, Muscular Liberalism, Star wars on the Sabbath, the key Brexit question, and an incredible testimony from Rachael Denhollander.. Suing the NHS. The NHS is important. Very important. I speak as a beneficiary of and contributor to it. But the NHS is in trouble and one of the reasons is the … Continue reading LED 23 – Suing the NHS; Finance or Freedom?; Trump and Morgan; Ofsted and ‘Muscular Liberalism’; Star Wars on the Sabbath; the Astonishing Rachael Denhollander; Should Christians eat Meat?; Chick-Fil-A; Karl Marx

LED 22 – The Kurds/Oxford Uni and Women/Jordan Peterson/the Presidents Club/Extending Adolescence/Copeland’s Plane/the Gospel in Spain

  1) Turkey Attacks the Kurds:  You have to feel sorry for the Kurds.  They were the primary ground troops in taking on Isis on behalf of the West, and now they have been abandoned by us as Turkey takes the opportunity to invade Syria in order to attack them. Turkey is a NATO member and yet, despite warnings, we will do nothing to help … Continue reading LED 22 – The Kurds/Oxford Uni and Women/Jordan Peterson/the Presidents Club/Extending Adolescence/Copeland’s Plane/the Gospel in Spain

War, poverty, the rise of the machines? 10 ‘prophecies’ for society in 2018

This is the first of a two part series published here in Christian Today – looking at some predictions for the year that lies ahead. ————————————————————————————————— It’s always dangerous to claim to be a prophet. Make a prophecy too specific and it is easy to be proved wrong, make it too general and it is impossible to be proved wrong. I don’t claim the mantle … Continue reading War, poverty, the rise of the machines? 10 ‘prophecies’ for society in 2018

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 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.

A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell

For some reason we were not able to put up last weeks sermons yet, so this Sunday I thought I would post this article I wrote for Christmas 2004 on the old Free Church website.  Its interesting how things change but the problems remain the same! – plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose! A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell Let’s … Continue reading A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell