Every little helps

It’s November and I’m sad. Over the years I have come to dread November, because if anything goes wrong, it goes spectacularly wrong in November. Perhaps this was a self-fulfilling prophecy, perhaps it’s SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), but it always seemed to...

Why the news needs to be good

The Queen rarely makes comment on matters of public debate, but a few weeks ago she gave a message of support to the British newspaper industry, praising traditional media outlets. She said that “having trusted, reliable sources of information, particularly at a time...

Christians in a Post COVID-19 World?

As we begin another period of lockdown with the number of cases of COVID-19 and the number of deaths rising relentlessly, people are losing hope. There is concern about the effects on employment, the economy and our individual freedoms.There have been positive...

Thinking about the colour of my skin

Galatians 3:28 is one of the better-known verses in the Bible: “There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Christians, rightly, rejoice at its liberating truth – all joined ‘in Christ’...

Back to the Future?

In Chapter 10 of St Matthew’s Gospel, we find the second of Jesus’ great sermons in that Gospel. He has picked his 12 apostles and he is sending them out with a set of instructions. What does he say to his missionaries then – and now?Firstly, Jesus says that they are...

A Taboo Conversation??

Two statistics in the public domain are, each in their own way, startling. One, the mounting figure of Covid 19 deaths in the UK, now standing at over 45,000. The other, the number of abortions carried out in the UK in 2019 – over 209,000. The former gets daily...