The end of Movember

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The month of November is at an end. My upper lip is especially itchy today almost as if it is anticipating its return to freedom from fuzz!It's not too late for you to sponsor this work of art. It is in aid or help for male cancers and in memory of my Father-in-Law who died this past year. This time last year I did not know he was sick. Now he is with Jesus. The least I could do was grow a moustache for a month! … [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...]

Skyfall – James Bond at 50

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Spoiler alert! This post contains a fair bit of information about the plot. If you haven’t yet seen the film, and want to be surprised, stop reading now! The summary of this post that this is in one sense a stereotypical Bond movie, and you will by now know what to expect, no doubt. If you like Bond, then I recommend this film. If you don’t then it is not sufficiently different to draw you in.As usual in the last few Bond files, although he is to use an old English phrase, “a bit of a cad” an … [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...]

Coming out: Is “Evangelical” the new “Homosexual”?

If Christianity is not persecuted in the West, why do many evangelicals feel more scared of coming out than some homosexuals today? Following on from what my protagonist called the "Tweet off", James has posted the following, "With the greatest respect to Adrian, I do not believe it is remotely plausible to maintain that Christians are persecuted, far less hated in the UK. Let’s look at the gross facts: Christianity is the state religion and the head of state is the head of the Church; C … [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...]

Human rights: a fallacy in an age of secular consumerism?

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"Only the Christian faith believes the myth that human beings are special, we are not just objects" claimed Michael Ramsden today in the online stream of the Global:Church forum.  Ramsden travels widely, and has heard leaders from other parts of the world query if it is time to simply drop the whole concept of "human rights."There are two reasons some are making this suggestion. Firstly, especially to those of no faith, people are not inherently special, and we are increasingly urged to view … [Read more...]


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