King David: As shrewd as a serpent?

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When I read 1 Samuel 29 I have a number of unanswered questions. At the top of the list is "Would David really have fought against King Saul alongside the Philistines he had been hiding with?"It is hard to imagine that the answer would have been yes.David told the Philistine king he would have been a loyal subject and fought his fellow Hebrews. The king believed him, but others reminded him of David's long-forgotten past as a slayer of Philistines, and their view prevailed.This is the same … [Read more...]

Are people of faith no longer welcome in Britain?

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Here we have another guest post from education expert Gill Robins.G K Chesterton once observed of a friend that ‘he thought that the object of opening the mind is simply opening the mind. I am incurably convinced that the object of opening the mind ... is to shut it again on something solid.’ In the last few days, it rather seems that the Department for Education (DfE) together with our Secretary of State for Education, have become advocates of the permanently open mind, and the outcomes hav … [Read more...]

State of the nation: seventy years of religious education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill RobinsSeventy years ago, the 1944 Education Act enshrined in law the statutory requirement for UK schools to provide religious education. Every day was to start with a daily act of Christian worship and religious education lessons were compulsory in all schools. Parents could opt their children out of RE and collective worship.Has anything changed? In law: very little, apart from a cursory nod in the 1996 Education Act  towards the m … [Read more...]

Compulsion or context: the future of Sex and Relationships Education

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This is another guest post from education expert, Gill Robins:Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is currently something of a mot du jour. There have been regular calls from a range of groups for an overhaul of SRE education programmes and on 21 October, a Ten Minute Rule Bill was introduced to the House outlining proposed changes to the current law.As the current law stands, Primary schools must deliver all aspects of sex education contained in the science curriculum that relate to … [Read more...]

How Ofsted appears to be systematically breaking the law

UPDATE: Education minister Nicky Morgan states clearly to The Times on Sunday: Faith schools ‘must teach gay rights’ despite the legal position below.Back in May, Ofsted had to abandon an inspection of a Muslim school because the parents objected to the kinds of questions the inspectors were asking primary school children. As the Guardian reports, the parents were quite vocal: "One of the parents said to them, and all of us agreed, this is a safeguarding issue, we are not comfortable about a … [Read more...]

The Shocking Hypocrisy of the Labour Party over Faith Schools

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This is the third of a series of guest posts by education expert Gill Robins. In this article she exposes the agenda of the UK's Opposition party against faith schools. This is following a statement by Shadow Education Secretary, Tristram Hunt.A note for my American readers: the Opposition is the second largest party in Parliament, and a Shadow Secretary is their spokesman whose role it is to probe weaknesses in their  Government counterpart and set out policies the Opposition would like to e … [Read more...]

The Gospel Gap: Janet Mefferd interviews Adrian Warnock

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A few days ago I connected with Janet Mefferd and she interviewed me about the need for a greater understanding of the gospel,  even in church congregations. I really enjoyed the conversation. It is clear that Janet loves the gospel and understands the problem of the gospel gap, which led to us wanting to write Hope Reborn. You can listen here: … [Read more...]

Ofsted and Beis Yaakov High School – an assault on religious freedom

In this second guest post by education expert Gill Robins, she uncovers damning evidence of Ofsted's religious bias. It seems to me that thanks to the DfE's new regulations, and the way they are being interpreted, Jewish schools are quite frankly being bullied. The distress of the young girls being grilled by inspectors was real, and it is sounds very similar to that experienced by other Jewish, Christian, and Muslim schools. If I had been one of their parents I would have wanted to report the … [Read more...]

Is this the beginning of the end for ALL Christian education?

I know what some of you are thinking. You see this as a UK-only problem. Well, all I can say is that the strategies that are being utilized over here will surely be utilized in the USA also. In fact, perhaps they already are. Equality legislation sounds innocuous enough, but it seems that, at least according to one article I found online, perhaps it is already beginning to be used in some cases against US education establishments.The concern is that the secular elite will increasingly demand … [Read more...]

Beware the real Trojan Horse: Muslim children also harassed by Ofsted

I am absolutely candescent as a parent that any stranger would think it was appropriate to go into a classroom and ask young children what they thought about sexuality, and for that matter their personal religious views.This article, which I excerpt from below, was pointed out to me to on Twitter. It got this issue correct over a month ago. How the inspectors involved are not being visited by the police and asked questions themselves about what makes them think they can put young children … [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...]

Martin Luther’s contribution: so important that God himself foretold it

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We stand in the debt of those servants of God who prompted the Reformation. I am unashamedly Protestant. I believe that the work of Luther and Calvin among others was critical in recovering the gospel itself, which had largely been lost for centuries.Yes, cynics would say all we have done is replace a single pope with thousands of them, all thinking they have infallible interpretation. There has indeed been great division. But the Reformation restored mankind's direct connection with the … [Read more...]


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