Category Archives: World events

Was God’s will done in the US election result?

Like many, I’m still reeling from the US election result. Right now, and from right here, the world’s future looks more uncertain and more troubled than ever. God clearly didn’t answer my prayer not to let Trump be elected president, … Continue reading

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Please don’t let Trump in!

I’m not sure if this is more a heartfelt last-ditch appeal to the good people of America, or a desperate prayer to God. I’m not really expecting this blog to make a difference – but I have to do something, … Continue reading

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New Year – new hope or no hope?

Happy New-ish Year to you all. If Christmas is the most stressful season, New Year is surely the most depressing (particularly for natural pessimists like me). Once the celebratory fireworks have faded, the January skies look even blacker and bleaker … Continue reading

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I’m a monster, you’re a monster – reflecting on ‘Jihadi John’ and Jimmy Savile

There’s been a lot of talk about monsters recently on news and comment channels. So Jimmy Savile, abusing his celebrity status to prey sexually on vulnerable children, was a monster. Mohammed Emwazi aka “Jihadi John”, beheading innocent civilians and aid … Continue reading

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Jesus is Charlie?

The ‘Je suis Charlie’ slogan and hashtag can hardly have escaped many people’s notice this last week. It arose in the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo killings, as a sign of support and solidarity – of personal identification with … Continue reading

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2014 – review of the year

So, a slightly belated Happy New Year to you all. Before we move on to new things, how was 2014 for you? For me it was a fairly challenging year that I’m not entirely sorry to bid farewell to. Continuing … Continue reading

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Three cheers for an Archbishop who admits doubts

In a light-hearted but personal interview in front of hundreds of people in Bristol cathedral last weekend, [Archbishop] Justin Welby said: “There are moments, sure, where you think ‘Is there a God? Where is God?’”. (www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/sep/18/archbishop-canterbury-doubt-god-existence-welby) So Archbishop of Canterbury … Continue reading

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God bless you, Vicky Beeching

For those of you who are thinking ‘Vicky who?’ let me give some brief background. Vicky Beeching – acclaimed Christian singer-songwriter, worship leader, Oxbridge-qualified theologian, contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Thought for the Day programme. Currently in her mid-thirties, Vicky … Continue reading

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In memoriam Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela. The world – or most of the world – mourns his passing. Humanity – or most of humanity – bows its head in respect. This piece is not to shed any great new light on his life – … Continue reading

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