Christian scribes

The scribes and Pharisees were opposed to Jesus and His teaching. Jesus accused them of hypocrisy: 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you close the kingdom of heaven against mankind: for you neither go in yourselves, neither do you allow those entering to have entered’ Mat 23:13. He also exposed the inadequacy of …

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Taking complaints seriously

Too late, Jeremy Corbyn is discovering the effects of not taking seriously the complaints about antisemitism in the Labour Party.  He is now on the back foot and trying to salvage the situation with as much damage limitation as he can muster. Russia and Vladimir Putin are discovering the same.  After thinking they could ignore …

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How far does shame go?

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, said that he has "learned to be ashamed again of the Church (of England)" after three weeks of studying the accounts of sexual abuse by Church of England clerics. How does this compare with Roman Catholic cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who regularly studied the accounts of abuse by Roman Catholic priests …

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Secular puritanism

Secular puritanism is on the rise and it is more aggressive than Christian puritanism.  In the wake of recent sex scandals, secular commentators are expressing their concern at the suspension of due process in the law. ‘The new puritanism’ was discussed in the 15th-anniversary edition of the BBC’s This Week programme.  The new puritanism is …

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President Trump’s poor theology and use of language

President Donald Trump believes in hell and he thinks it can be found in mentally-ill gunmen who shoot school children. He wants to arm trained school teachers to shoot "the hell out of" gunmen running amock.  The world's media has drawn attention to his colourful language, but the media is unlikely to address his wrong …

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Should a public service accommodate belief?

Current UK law forces Christians to promote unchristian material contrary to their beliefs, but Virgin Trains has decided to stop selling the Daily Mail newspaper because it is not compatible with the Virgin Trains brand and its beliefs.  However, BBC Newsnight described it as 'a culture war'. What about Christian beliefs and the Christian brand?  …

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The Seven C’s of Christian action

A Happy New Year to one and all!  Let us begin 2018 by considering the 7 C's of Christian action. It will be good to incorporate them into New Year Resolutions. There have been many books written on Christian doctrine, many biographies of Christians which motivate to Christian action, but not as much about the …

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