David Cameron: “I didn’t invent the Big Society, Jesus did”

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UPDATE: In a follow up to the speech outlined below Cameron issued an Easter message that covered some of the same points and included a mention of the Alpha Course! You can watch the video before the original post:In a remarkable speech at a Number 10 gathering of Christian leaders PM David Cameron made a few bold statements in his speech.Cameron began by admitting it was a hard day for him and asking for a few volunteers to help bear his burdens. I believe this took place the … [Read more...]

Nelson Mandela honored by South African pastor, PJ Smyth

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This lunchtime I want to recognise that a giant has fallen. Nelson Mandela was nothing short of iconic for decades. He represents so much that is good, and upright, and that reflects the peacemaker values of Jesus Christ.In a nation where the majority were oppressed by the minority he could so easily have become a dictator, and turned the oppression back on those who locked him up for years.Yet he didn't.Mandela chose reconciliation.Mandela chose humilityMandela laid down his power … [Read more...]

Margaret Thatcher’s death – a Christian’s response

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It was hours after the announcement that I heard the news that the UK's first and only woman Prime Minister had died. In life she was always a figure that inspired love by some and hatred by others. It is alway so with every great leader. I hope that in death her impact on this great nation of mine will be re-assessed by all, no matter what political party we come from.There is no denying the massive impact this woman had on our politics. The Guardian's timeline of her life makes the point … [Read more...]

The British Invaded 90% Of The World

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Joe Carter shared a fascinating study which has demonstrated that The British Have Invaded 90% Of The World. In other words, there are only 22 current nations who my forefathers have not invaded at some point in history. What is really interesting in my nation is that we don't seem to know how to think or feel about our military interventions in years gone by.By all accounts Germans remain fundamentally regretful and embarrassed of their past. The French on the other hand still celebrate … [Read more...]

New Evangelical Archbishop of Canterbury – Justin Welby

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Today they have finally confirmed that the current Bishop of Durham, Justin Welby will become the next Archbishop of Canterbury, head of the Anglican church worldwide. My Church of England Evangelical friends are no doubt very pleased, but we must not underestimate the challenge Welby has ahead of him.The phrase "Bishop of Durham" still sends a chill down the spine of older evangelicals in the UK like me. One of the previous incumbents was infamous, and was so liberal he would not have been a … [Read more...]

Rick Warren appeals for civility

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With the American Election just tomorrow now, I think that Warrens words, quoted in a helpful post from Frank Viola entitled, "20 Reasons Why the Christian Right & the Christian Left Won’t Adopt Me" are well worth reading and considering carefully (along with the rest of Viola's interesting post).This notion of "disagreeing agreeably" lies behind my post on inter-faith and intra-faith dialogue. Whether we are talking doctrine or politics we must learn to be polite to each other at all t … [Read more...]

Ten reasons why every Christian should vote

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I cannot vote in the American elections because I am not American. But if I could, I would. I will not offer a reason to vote for any specific candidate in this post, but  felt I needed to urge those who can vote to do so!  This was prompted by hearing of some who think Christians shouldn't vote at all  and even worse a strange movement exists which has somehow persuaded 1.4 million to pledge to spoil ballot papers by adding Jesus as a write-in candidate.  So why should we all vote (and by vote I … [Read more...]

US Presidential Elections: A nation divided

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I was asked this week what issues in the American Elections concern my constituency of readers, many of whom are American. I think a number will agree with an issue that is not often expressed. For me, as a British observer, one big concern I have is for the unity of your great nation. It seems that with every passing election cycle the divisions grow deeper. Some Republicans dismiss Obama as out to destroy what makes America great, while some Democrats demonize Romney.It might surprise you … [Read more...]

The Christian Persecution Complex?

Over on Twitter I had a very interesting discussion yesterday with another blogger who has just moved over to Patheos. No doubt Jame's original question was probably prompted from a tweet that came from my introductory post here on Patheos. His blog is coming from a very different perspective to mine and is called Future Temple.  Here is what we said, oldest posts at the bottom, and as is often the case in these discussions some of our replies to each other get a bit jumbled, but I think you can … [Read more...]

Evangelicals should support a Mormon’s right to be President

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Be careful what you wish for. Many American Evangelicals are no doubt approaching the forthcoming elections with a sense of apprehension. And well they should, but for different reasons than perhaps they realise. I appreciate that I comment as an outsider on goings on in the USA at what I perceive as a time of national madness that comes round every four years (although with midterms, perhaps it never stops!). But, I think that very separation helps me to see things differently, and after all I … [Read more...]


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