John Stott (27 April 1921 – 27 July 2011) Round up of memorial posts

I suspect that by now almost everyone who reads this blog will already know that John Stott passed away two days ago.It is impossible to overstate the influence Stott had on the evangelical world in the 20th Century. I thought I would here share some quotes and a round up of useful links form around the net. John Stott Ministries has a website where you can read more about him. Third Way have a comprehensive interview with Stott from 2005.John Piper's personal reflection on Stott's life … [Read more...]

10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan

As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, and deals with the consequences of such massive devastation caused by the last one, not to mention the risk of a major nuclear incident, how should Christians respond? Please understand that none of this is intended to claim that we have all the answers to such a disaster. In fact, like Job's friends' initial response, often the best thing we can do is say absolutely nothing, and share people's pain.I write this article with … [Read more...]

What kind of revolution will this turn out to be? Will it make a difference to men like Said Musa?

There is no doubt that we live in extraordinary days. The Middle East is full of revolutionary uprising. Crowds are overthrowing regimes that have been in place for decades. But what do the people really want? And more importantly perhaps, when the dust has settled, new constitutions have been written, and new laws have been firmly established, what will these countries look like? Will all the dominoes topple, or will the might of existing leaders in some nations defeat the popular … [Read more...]

911 Nine years on

This is now the third time I have posted this article. In many ways, nothing much has changed as the years have gone by. I have therefore lightly edited the article but republish it today more or less as I originally published it.The world will never forget 911. Each year I say it, but it still feels in a way like yesterday, despite the fact it is an age ago. We now live in the post 911 world. I am not American, and until early 2003 I had never been to New York. On 9/11, I didn’t lose a loved … [Read more...]

Boys lacking men to inspire them to mature

Every now and then you read an article that says it right. This Guardian article is one such article and describes boys as follows: "A lazy youth becomes a burden to those parents, whom he ought to comfort, if not support. But you can no more rouse them, with all of their fine arguments, than you can a log. There they lie, completely enchained by indolence… Business tires him; reading fatigues him; the public service interferes with his pleasures. Ask him what he has done with his morning – he … [Read more...]

Abby Enck, Age 8: Social Entrepreneur

This post is from Brett and Alex Harris, those dynamos who keep reminding kids that they can achieve great things with their life: Abby Enck is only eight-years-old, but her story provides an excellent blueprint for rebelutionaries on how to make a difference. This shy girl found a cause close to home (supporting her brother who has cerebral palsy) and took one small step to meet that need (raising $4.50 selling lemonade to buy crayons).Once she had developed a successful model, she multiplied … [Read more...]

Why I plan to vote Conservative in the UK Election Part 1 – Social Justice

At the outset of this series, I do want to make a few points.  Firstly, this whole set of posts represents merely my own point of view. I would not want you to assume that everyone in the local church I attend agrees with, or should agree with, what I am about to say.  Nor would I want you to think that anything I say implies that all Christians should hold to these opinions.  In the UK we have a long history of Christians supporting and being involved in all the major political parties, and I st … [Read more...]

911 Eight Years Ago

I wrote the following article, originally titled "911 THREE YEARS ON" Now we can add five more years and nothing much has changed. I have therefore lightly edited the article but republish it today more or less as I originally published it:The world will never forget 911. A year ago I said it felt like yesterday, and it still does. I am not American, and until early 2003 I had never been to New York. On 9/11, I didn't lose a loved one or a friend. But I remember seeing the second plane hit the … [Read more...]

Religious Persecution Is Alive And Well In Nigeria And India

The age of martyrdom is far from over. Living in the West we may feel relatively insulated from such things but our brothers and sisters around the world wake up this morning to the knowledge that their lives are at risk because of their faith. We can feel powerless to help. But help we can, if nothing else by our prayers, by being informed, and by supporting the work of organizations set up to help the oppressed. As a child I remember being inspired by the work of Open Doors with Brother … [Read more...]

Swine Flu Apparently Reaches The Warnocks

The Swine Flu global epidemic is the first of the 24/7 media era. It seems the mainstream media can't quite seem to decide whether to whip us all up into a panic with stories of children dying or lead us to total complacency with stories of swine flu parties and reassurance that the majority of deaths "had underlying medical problems anyway," as though that makes it OK somehow!The reality is of course somewhere in between. There are healthy people dying. Not in large numbers. Over the coming … [Read more...]