Politics

Faith in Politics Simplified

My 16 year old son Danny is really into politics. He and some friends have started a youtube channel Politics Simplified which aims to explain political processes and ideas to young people. Here is one of their videos about the First Past the Post voting system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNc_o5P38rk&t=62s Recently, they also went to Parliament to interview… Continue reading Faith in Politics Simplified

Politics, Recommended books

‘The Ministry of Truth: a biography of George Orwell’s 1984’ by Dorian Lynskey [review]

When Donald Trump took his oath of office as US President in January 2017, his press secretary claimed the crowd present was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration. Later, when challenged on what plainly seemed to be a lie, she described her statement as ‘alternative facts’. Over the next 4 days, sales of… Continue reading ‘The Ministry of Truth: a biography of George Orwell’s 1984’ by Dorian Lynskey [review]

Politics, Recommended books

Understated inspiration – Citizen Clem: A biography of Attlee by John Bew [review]

There is no shortage of contemporary analysis about the depressing state of UK politics. But the best political writing I have read recently has been a biography of a politician who died over 50 years ago. Reading Citizen Clem by John Bew truly inspired me. Incredible career Clement Attlee had an incredible career. After growing up… Continue reading Understated inspiration – Citizen Clem: A biography of Attlee by John Bew [review]

Politics

Is it the Church’s job to be the nation’s paramedic? – by Andy Flannagan

All over the UK the Church is doing an incredible job. We are running food banks...mentoring teenagers at risk...counselling those in debt... befriending the elderly...sheltering the homeless...running parent-toddler groups... homework clubs...music and arts workshops...healing on the streets...sports camps... working with prisoners...community choirs... It is wonderful, but there is a danger. The church may spend the next… Continue reading Is it the Church’s job to be the nation’s paramedic? – by Andy Flannagan

Politics

Elitism dressed as charity: the injustice of tax breaks for private schools

Tory leaders have a habit of declaring social justice as their key aim when they come to power. Remember Margaret Thatcher quoting St Francis of Assisi 'where there is discord, may we bring harmony' on the steps of Number 10? Or John Major speaking of his vision of 'the classless society'? In her first speech as… Continue reading Elitism dressed as charity: the injustice of tax breaks for private schools

Politics

It is nice when religion and politics are kept apart…

It is nice when issues of religion and politics can be kept apart. Religion is unsullied by worldly concerns. Going to church can be an inspiring escape from reality.  We can focus purely on God and listening to the Holy Spirit. We can reflect on our future hope in heaven.  We can think really theologically. We can… Continue reading It is nice when religion and politics are kept apart…

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The political naivety of evangelical Christians – by Matthew Rhodes

‘Just watched and listened to President Trump speaking at the USA National Prayer Breakfast - has he become a Christian? Very God centred. Impressive. While some have been ranting - maybe others have fulfilled what is required of Christians - to pray for those in authority?’  Gerald Coates Thus the charismatic church leader Gerald Coates… Continue reading The political naivety of evangelical Christians – by Matthew Rhodes

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It’s up to each of us to resist the cynicism of ‘post-truth’ culture

Post-truth was chosen as the Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2016. It's a word which has sprung into prominence mainly due to Donald Trump's election win. I heard a good example the other day on the radio when a US political commentator was talking about Trump’s promise to build a wall on the US/Mexico border. His… Continue reading It’s up to each of us to resist the cynicism of ‘post-truth’ culture

Politics

Love Trumps Hate: responding to the US election – by Stephen Kuhrt

This post is based on a sermon preached by Stephen Kuhrt at Christ Church New Malden on Sunday 20th November 2016. The bible reading was Matthew 7:13-20. What is a Christian response to the election of Donald Trump? Like the Brexit vote in the UK, Donald Trump's win is a massive wake-up call for the… Continue reading Love Trumps Hate: responding to the US election – by Stephen Kuhrt

Politics, Poverty

Wallowing in nostalgia or facing up to the challenges of today?

This week I was invited to an event at Parliament to mark the 50th anniversary of the famous film Cathy Come Home in the company of MPs and its director Ken Loach. In 1966, it was watched by over 12 million people  and had a massive impact on people's views about homelessness. It led to the creation… Continue reading Wallowing in nostalgia or facing up to the challenges of today?