In 1636 Samuel Rutherford was sent into ‘exile’ in Aberdeen from his congregation in Anworth in the Scottish Borders for a couple of years. Although he was banned from preaching he kept in touch with the people back ‘home’ through a series of letters. These beautiful and pastoral letters are now considered spiritual classics – ‘When we are dead and gone let the world know … Continue reading It’s a Bargain! – (Letters in Exile 1)
This weeks column in Christian Today The difference between seeing the stranger and being the stranger Refugees fleeing the Middle EastChurch Response for Refugees Parting is such sweet sorrow. This week I closed the door and turned the key for the last time in the house that has been our home for 27 years. Saying farewell to the place you have lived, and the church … Continue reading Living Like a Refugee
Right now the EU countries are meeting and desperately trying to find a way to save Angela Merkel’s skin. Having invited 1.2 million refugees into Germany she is finding that the price is a heavy one. Meanwhile in Sweden a far right anti-immigrant party is about to become the main opposition party – in Italy and Malta refugees have been turned back. The EU nations … Continue reading What should the Church do about Refugees?
Welcome to the final Light Engaging Darkness for this year… Refugees Welcome in Scotland Amidst all the bad news stories I am glad to see this one – it makes me proud of my country. Scotland agreed to take 2,000 of the 20,000 Syrian refugees coming to the UK within five years. Todays came news that we did it in two and are preparing to … Continue reading LED 20 – Refugees in Scotland; Saving the Jews; Anti-Nazis in Dundee; Banning Franklin Graham; Another Brexit Bus; Feminism; Bermuda and SSM; A Christmas Carol
I posted the following article on Christian Today this week. You can get the original here. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/camerons.drone.strike.in.syria.means.the.death.penalty.has.returned.to.britain/64210.htm I have to say that I have been surprised by the vehemence of much of the response. I have no objection to Christians and others disagreeing with what I say and seeking to correct me. I could well be wrong. But what really bothers me is the way … Continue reading David Cameron, Drones and the Return of Capital Punishment