Not sure what you make of God and the Bible?
Here are some things to chew on.
On the run
As for many others, the student lifestyle appealed to Jacob. Away in London on a film course he felt free from the shackles of his parents’ expectations. As far as his upbringing was concerned, Jacob seemed to be a Christian. He’d been attending services each week and involved in different church activities. However, at home … Read MoreRead More
Under a new king
Things happened so fast. “The Queen is dead, Long live the King!” Now with funeral over and mourning ended, we are growing accustomed to life in the reign of Charles III. Our money is changing and our post boxes will change. There is no going back. This sudden experience is like becoming a Christian – … Read MoreRead More
What is she thinking?
Seventy years is a lot to reflect on. Our queen is a very public figure with very private thoughts. What might she be thinking as she looks back on her reign? There will be precious memories. The births of Andrew and Edward. Her silver and golden jubilees. Visits to the commonwealth and beyond. Years with … Read MoreRead More
How much is a life worth?
Not much, if you are Vladimir Putin. His shelling and cluster bombing of civilian areas suggests scant regard for the life of his opponents. Even his own soldiers are expendable, sacrificed as pawns in a bigger game. A mobile crematorium follows them into battle. Little wonder that morale amongst Russian conscripts is low. We instinctively … Read MoreRead More
If only I could control my memory
Memories are precious. The older we get, the more we seek to revisit our happiest days in our mind’s eye. Once there were only a few framed photographs to help a person conjure up a bygone day. Today’s children will have a deluge of digital photos to swipe through and videos to watch. Memories can … Read MoreRead More
“He gave his life . . . so I could live”
Guest post by Hicham, a Christian from France. Today marks the 3rd anniversary of the heroic act of the 44-year-old Lieutenant-Colonel Arnaud Beltrame. On March 23rd 2018 Arnaud undertook one of the ultimate acts of bravery when he offered up his own life to save a hostage in a supermarket terror attack in southwest France, … Read MoreRead More
Did Darwin make atheism credible?
British evolutionary biologist, Prof. Richard Buggs, makes a carefully considered case regarding evolutionary chance. Using his son’s brio set, he outlines why Darwinian scientists are wrong to downplay their dependence on luck. If so much luck is needed, are there reasons, beyond the scientific evidence, why people are reluctant to consider intelligent design? If you … Read MoreRead More
When your saviour needs saving
Critcon 3 sounds like something from a Cold War nuclear crisis. This NHS alert level records that our local hospital is at full stretch. Last February we watched pictures from Lombardy, Italy, with horror. The new coronavirus seemed to overwhelm its health system; there were not enough ICU beds or ventilators to go round. Soon … Read MoreRead More
A life-changing wartime Christmas
Crouched down, seasick and cold, Albert Hewitt peered into the dark Atlantic night. Any enemy submarines around? With swell as high as the dummy funnel he’d climbed, he couldn’t see much. At 4am, the end of his four hour watch, Albert found himself unable to descend, so spent another miserable four hours up there. What … Read MoreRead More
Here we go again
Once bitten, twice shy. Caution characterises this second lockdown. Most, especially the more vulnerable, remain cautious about the virus. But this time there’s a new caution: are we being manipulated by fear? SAGE set out means for “persuasion” back in March. In bold type they wrote “The perceived level of personal threat needs to be … Read MoreRead More