Rick Warren appeals for civility


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


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


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


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...]

Evangelicals should support a Mormon’s right to be President


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...]

Help iPhone 5 maps find your business or church

This post will encourage you to stop moaning about all the problems with iOS and iPhone 5 maps and instead start doing your bit to help fix Apple Maps and get your church or business listed so people can find you with their iPhone.Millions of people will soon have an iPhone 5. Millions more will upgrade to iOS 6 despite all the coverage about the deficiencies of Apple Maps. The vast majority will not know that there are ways to go on using Google maps (the easiest of which is to simply visit … [Read more...]

iPhone 5 Maps debacle may not be entirely Apple’s fault

In this post I will explain why in part I blame Google, TomTom and Yelp! Apple have a well-earned reputation for introducing things that "just work."   Unfortunately, there is no way of denying it, even for an Apple fan-boy,  this is not one of those occasions.There is no doubt that the Maps app is beautiful, and that it will surely improve, but at least today, as one writer puts it, the icing is great but there are serious issues about the cake!  Just to begin with, however, if you are wo … [Read more...]