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The Trusting Twenties

The Trusting Twenties

We need a decade that warms our rapidly cooling relationships
Decades are neatly packaged by advertisers and

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The Prophrt And The Politician

The Prophet And The Politician

Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point is to change it observed Karl Marx.
It is hard to disagree with this, unless we don’t think

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On Being An 09-ER

On Being An 89-ER

Some years have the edge on others - and then there is 1989. Where to begin with that?
The collapse of repressive communist rule in eastern

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The Dawn Of Illiberal Intervention

The Dawn Of Illiberal Intervention

If a government is butchering its own people, should other countries use force to stop them?We make instinctive responses to this. For some,

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When Consent Cannot Be Given

When Consent Cannot Be Given

Safer Internet Day 2019, on February 5, concentrated on the importance of young people giving free and informed consent to their

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The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

The Wrong Place At The Wrong Time

God is to be found in the worst places of the world. He is waiting for our prayers to linger with him long after

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Opening Up

Opening Up

Giving people the capacity and confidence to share faith is our most pressing challenge. In the middle of a complex argument over Israel’s fate in Romans 10,

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Day Of The Dissident

Day Of The Dissident

The world was richer by far for two frail, principled lives which ended in July 2017. Irina Ratushinskaya and Liu Xiaobo: born within a year of each other;

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Jesus And The Strongmen

Jesus And The Strongmen

Puffed up by the sycophancy of courtiers, the literature of autocrats is verbose and boring. The contrast with Jesus could not be starker.

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The Acid Reflux Economy

The Acid Reflux Economy

The trickle up effect is burning our throats and making us choke in protest. Where is the inherited tradition of Christian protest when we need it?

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Laughing In The face Of Terror

Laughing In The face Of Terror

The subversive underground tradition of joke telling is not just a brave response to terror, but a profoundly spiritual one

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Trolls And Tribulations

Trolls And Tribulations

When we keep people who are not like us at a distance, they tend to become undifferentiated and dehumanised. We need to remain open to diverse

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Is Post-Truth Pre-Fascism?

Is Post-Truth Pre-Fascism?

Lies advance slowly and hypnotically like a gentle incoming tide on a summer’s beach day, but they wipe all traces of the castles we have built in ......

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Burnt Out

Burnt Out

The Church ought to have much to say that is affirming and encouraging for those who are mentally unwell, but it frequently falls into a trap

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Samantha And The Power Of Lament

Samantha And The Power Of Lament

To lament in worship is not the same as being miserable.

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Stranger danger

Stranger Danger

When a society no longer believes in a tradition which calls it to love the alien, what exactly guides it?

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Drone Kill

Drone Kill

A sharply scripted, effortlessly acted film about war's new landscape asks all the right questions for which

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IN THE NEWS - The Drifting Boat

The Drifting Boat

The Mediterranean exodus is a complex social and political problem, but it is possible to get a working grasp of what is happening if we want to

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In The News -Obama's Covert Wars

Obama's Covert Wars

Honest, respectful debate is in short supply about the big issues of life; instead we hear the echo of our own sealed cave.

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The Deaths Of Others

The Deaths Of Others

Who is the neighbour we are called to be attentive to? We are overdue a difficult conversation around this. Without it, we will either get compassion fatigue

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