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To preach or not to preach

I’ve just seen a meme which irritates me somewhat. It says: “A Christian is what he lives, not what he preaches”. This is a very close relative of the saying attributed to Francis of Assisi, “preach the Gospel, use words if necessary” (though there is no...

What can we learn from Afghanistan?

Following the American and British forces withdrawal from Afghanistan, over the last week we have watched increasingly disturbing news reports about the resurgence of the Taliban and the way they are taking control of the region and the very real threat that they will...

The Comparison trap

One thing has struck me from watching all the recent conflict and hate all over the world, particularly in Western Democracies, and from listening to some of the rhetoric I hear from people who are fighting for “equality” is this … The ONLY way to discern whether two...

Cancel culture and God’s response to it

Whatever side of the political spectrum you stand on, if you are a Christian, of all people you have the greatest challenge. The ungodly ideology which pervades our world today insists on cancelling and side-lining anyone they disagree with is endemic in our culture...

Public Demonstrations are not a modern phenomenon!

We have seen all sorts of demonstrations on the media over the last few years. People will gather and demonstrate and often such demonstrations will turn ugly. Here are just a few we’ve seen in recent years: Brexit – people both for and against brexit have...

Corporate — or Personal responsibility?

To my Christian friends… I have watched with sadness many memes and posts on social media criticising a particular high profile Christian leader, or church, or denomination and pointing out where he/she/it somehow falls short of “true” Christianity (and usually what...