Why I have (finally) decided to vote ‘Remain’ in the UK’s EU referendum

UPDATE: turns out I missed the most important argument for remain. It makes it easier for the gospel to spread by church planters continuing to be free to relocate across the continent. Not for the first time Terry Virgo has shown me the way.  Right up to today, I have been undecided  about how I should vote in the referendum on whether or not the UK should leave the EU. But this weekend I have made up my mind. And I am voting to remain.There are several things that have swayed my … [Read more...]

“Donald Trump, you’re fired!” UK parliament debates banning controversial candidate

The silence of American evangelicals concerning Trump has been deafening, with some notable exceptions. It is in my view time that Christians spoke with one voice: this man does not speak for us. Yesterday, following a record breaking petition which I was only too happy to personally sign, an unprecedented debate occurred under the watchful gaze of Big Ben.Now admittedly the said debate was not binding on the UK government, and there was no vote at the end. But I can think of no other … [Read more...]

Paris Terror attack: We are at war. But not against Islam

We wake up this morning to news of great tragedy in Paris. Before we went to bed, we knew there had been attacks. Today we learn that over 120 are dead. More than 200 have been wounded, at least 80 of them seriously. There were eight attackers. Bullets were sprayed. We are told at least seven attackers blew themselves up with suicide vests.This, not on the streets of a Middle East hotspot of terror, but of a capital city of a major Western power.When I woke there had been no official … [Read more...]

What if the creditor nations decide to apply grace to Greece?

The world waits with bated breath as Greece and the rest of Europe are locked in an impasse. Greece says, "Enough is enough, we can't cope with more austerity, we need debt relief." Germany and others refuse to budge, presumably because they feel that if they grant relief to Greece, then Portugal, Italy, Spain, and Ireland will be next in line.But Germany itself was the recipient of the grace of debts cancelled, as this article from back in 2013 in the Guardian explains so eloquently. How … [Read more...]

The EU’s shameful abandonment of Mediterranean Search and Rescue

I woke this morning to hear that the UK (and the rest of the EU) have decided to stop search and rescue operations in the Mediterranean. The Italian navy has been patrolling and rescuing 150,000 people who were at risk of drowning as they tried to get from Africa to Europe as migrants.The claim is that the existence of such a safety net only encourages the migrants to risk the dangerous journey. But will migrants really be aware of the withdrawal of these patrols? Will those packing them … [Read more...]

Has the UK government breached the Human Rights Act in recent school regulations?

The Christian Institute have made public a legal opinion they commissioned from John Bowers QC regarding recent changes to the school regulations that seem to require religious schools to cease being religious schools. For More Information UKChristian School reports closure threat Is a UK government body harassing Jewish and Christian schools? Bowers argues that the regulations breach the Human Rights Act, stating: "Under the second sentence of Article 2 of the First Protocol parents have a … [Read more...]

One hundred years ago today the dream of human progress died

The Victorian era was the time of great advance. Continual industrial revolution. Civilisation. As the 20th Century began, mankind was full of hope. The bold notion grew that the Human Spirit would itself evolve and leave behind its savage impulses.Then, one fateful day a war began so terrible that it was called the Great War, and touted as the war to end all wars. Europe, so long seen as the seedbed of democracy and civilization descended into barbarity.And just in Britain almost … [Read more...]

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

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

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

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...]


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