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A summary of Christian action

A Christian friend has raise the important point where Christians can find answers to pressing questions in public life. In testimony to him and his acknowledgment of this concern I have decided to gather together some former blogposts for reference. There are lobby groups in England and Australia but Scotland needs a reformer and Christian …

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Identity politics, identity media and identity debate

People are becoming familiar with identity politics but its faulty principles goes very much further than politics. It has demeaned debate itself. Identity politics, identity media and identity debate is interfering with critical thinking and reasoned debate. Identity debate amounts to identifying an opinion or position with an obnoxious person and thereby concluding that the …

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SNP personnel under the spotlight

The Alex Salmond inquiry in the Scottish Parliament shines a much-needed spotlight on SNP personnel, although the trial itself will keep certain evidence under wraps, which Salmond claims is necessary to publish in order for him to tell the 'whole truth' under oath. It has focussed attention on the husband and wife teaming running the …

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Repurposed medicines

Repurposed medicines are well-known medicines being used for a new purpose. Sometimes a new medication's side effects prove more useful than its original purpose. Amiodarone was originally developed to treat thyroid disease, but its 'side effect' on the heart proved so useful that it is now a heart medicine with side effects on the thyroid! …

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Exposure and censorship

Exposure is more effective than bombing. Today is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp by the Russian Red Army on 27 Jan 1945, which has given rise to the annual International Holocaust Memorial Day. It is worth noting that Heinrich Himmler ordered the SS to halt mass murders by gas in …

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Losers but why?

Many people are reporting the loss of multiple followers on Twitter. Following the permanent suspension of US President Trump's twitter account, it now appears that Twitter is suspending or removing many other Twitter accounts. This manifests itself in people losing followers. Twitter had earlier permanently suspended Steve Bannon for inciting violence, but people report having …

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The being and character of God

"I am that I am."The God of the Bible: Exodus 3:14 Secularism Secularists do not believe in God. Neither do Christians believe in the multitudes of false gods that are worshipped around the world. Such gods are an embarrassment to the pious as well as to the rational mind, but their existence is enough to …

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Advocacy begins with parenting

Everyone needs an advocate. An advocate is someone who supports you by speaking on your behalf. Parenting There are many advantages to having parents to look after you. Many children have lost one or both parents and they are often disadvantaged thereby. This shows the value of someone to look after one's interests. Advocacy and …

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Justice needs advocacy

"The existence of an appeal system is no safeguard of justice in the absence of adequate advocacy."Donald Boyd It is commonly assumed that the right of appeal corrects injustice in a system. This is not true. It is adequate advocacy that begins the process of justice. If one does not have access to adequate advocacy …

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Reformation and flying kites

Reformation and revival are not the same thing. We need both. We regularly hear about the need for revival but not often about the need for reformation. Revival without reformation is likely to be man-made rather than arising from the Spirit of God. Some people try to generate revival by flying kites. Flying kites is …

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Learning basic apologetics

Apologetics is not apologizing but it is the technical term for defending Christianity against its detractors. It is similar to being ready to give a reason for your Christian hope 1Pe 3:17. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the fundamental apologetical fact of the …

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Julian Assange and the lack of natural justice

The extradition proceedings against Julian Assange resume in court next Monday and are expected to last several weeks. It is a disgraceful case of political persecution on British soil. An unconvicted journalist, Assange has been held in Belmarsh prison, a top security institution, in inhumane conditions. It took about a year for an unconvicted man …

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My YouTube channel

Today is the second anniversary of my brother Andrew's death. It is also the 49th anniversary of my reading the whole Bible for the first time on 22/8/1971. I have read the Bible daily ever since and now I spend several hours a day on my Bible commentary, making its teaching accessible to ordinary people, …

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Riding the coronavirus downturn

The coronavirus pandemic is teaching national Government to move towards the standards of government in the biblical Millennium. There is much room for improvement, but the unprecedented Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme announced today by the British Chancellor of the Exchequer is a step in the right direction. It is a financial package "unprecedented in the …

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The benefits from coronavirus

People are frightened by coronavirus to such an extent that some people are in denial that it will come to their area. Many forget that God is in control and that there are benefits from God's providence. International benefits Climate change, international terrorism and epidemics have the benefit of knocking international heads together who do …

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Medicine cannot make up for stupidity

The success of modern medicine has made some people behave in a reckless manner, risking their own life and the lives of others, in the false belief and mistaken hope that medicine can save them from any of the consequences of their risky behaviour. Coronavirus The coronavirus outbreak is an example. The USA has repatriated …

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Important questions answered

There are some important questions that need to be answered. Thankfully, the Bible answers them. Imagine what it would be like if we did not have these answers? Well, it is not very difficult to imagine because multitudes of people live their lives without even asking these questions, far less seeking the answers. However, life …

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A summary of the New Testament in the Christian Bible

I recently summarised examples of Jesus’ extraordinary conversation in the Gospel of John. I hope it will be helpful to have a brief summary of the New Testament. Background – language and layout The New Testament was written after the Lord Jesus Christ appeared on Earth. In contrast, the Old Testament was written before He …

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There is a Christian Party

"There is a Christian Party – I like that!" When Donald Dewar, the first First Minister of the reconstituted Scottish Parliament in 1999, launched the Scotland Bill in 1997 he announced: "There shall be a Scottish parliament," and added: "I like that!" Similarly, "There is a Christian Party – I like that!" You can add …

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Representative democracy

Brexit has demonstrated the importance of voting for the person whom you want to represent you in the House of Commons. The current situation of a minority Government bound by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has highlighted the following issues: Direct and Representative democracy Should an MP honour the wishes of the country in a …

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Why we need Christian voices in public life

A "Christian Voice" is a Christian articulating a Christian perspective on issues. It is not enough to have a Christian perspective, but one needs to articulate it. The Scottish National Party measures everything in terms of Scotland, the feminists in terms of gender, the homosexuals in terms of sexuality, the Greens in terms of the …

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When did BBC Question Time last change your mind?

Does the BBC flagship programme Question Time change anyone's mind? The standard of debate on BBC Question Time is poor and getting worse. We were told years ago that we needed female politicians who would bring civilised debate to male-dominated politics. I never believed it and I have seen no evidence that it has done …

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Those who think that religion and politics do not mix

There are those who think that religion and politics don't mix.  The truth is that their religion and their politics don't mix.  However, Christianity and politics mix quite easily together, and it is Christianity which gave us western democracy as we understand it and delivered us from the irreligious dogmatism of the 16th-century by recovering …

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False doctrine and the need to expose it

The concept of false doctrine has been lost in this age when everyone is allowed to have their own opinion as if each opinion is equally valid. This so-called liberal position is, however, simply a transitional phase during which our society moves into a new paradigm where secular opinion will impose its false doctrines upon …

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Infallibility back on the agenda

Three mistakes within five minutes on the BBC lunchtime news today. Reporting on the EU Commission's mistake in triggering Article 16 of the Northern Ireland Protocol last Friday over its disagreement with AstraZeneca about the rollout of its coronavirus vaccine, raising tensions on the island of Ireland, followed by the EU holding fire, the BBC …

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