Ethics & Christian living

Good Friday? Coronavirus, conspiracies and the cross

In recent weeks I have been sent a number of videos which share conspiracy theories about the ‘real cause’ of Coronavirus. Often they blend an pretty incoherent mix of pseudo-science (e.g. about the 5G mobile network), along with some character assassination (e.g. Bill Gates or Barack Obama) and a dollop of ‘end-time prophesy’ (often from… Continue reading Good Friday? Coronavirus, conspiracies and the cross

Ethics & Christian living

This Easter, more than ever, light can shine in the darkness – by Gordon Kuhrt

Some years ago my wife Olive and I led a holiday group to Corfu at Eastertime. The local people there certainly knew how to celebrate. The week before Easter was packed with events, especially on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. But the highlight for me came late on the Saturday evening – the night before… Continue reading This Easter, more than ever, light can shine in the darkness – by Gordon Kuhrt

Sport

Cheating cricketers and the message of Easter

I’ll never forget my first match for my University Cricket Club. I was 19 and nervously excited. I had played a lot of league cricket down south but now I was playing alongside teammates from the northern leagues. They were a tougher breed. In the changing room before the match, I was genuinely taken aback… Continue reading Cheating cricketers and the message of Easter

Theology & Church

‘I am neither an optimist or a pessimist’ – the hope of Easter

  "Mission begins with a kind of explosion of joy. The news that the rejected and crucified Jesus is alive is something that cannot possibly be suppressed. It must be told. Who could be silent about such a fact? The mission of the Church in the pages of the New Testament is more like the… Continue reading ‘I am neither an optimist or a pessimist’ – the hope of Easter

Politics

‘He was so nearly a good man’: Tony Blair on Pontius Pilate

Tony Blair's Christian faith is most commonly associated with a comment which was not even made by him.  His press secretary, Alastair Campbell famously said 'We don't do God' because of his concerns about how easily faith and religion are misconstrued in public life.   But, in contrast to the banal nonsense that David Cameron wrote… Continue reading ‘He was so nearly a good man’: Tony Blair on Pontius Pilate

Politics

David Cameron’s Easter Message: wrong on so many levels

David Cameron has written an Easter message to Christians. It has been published by Premier Christianity as 'an exclusive' which they summarise as 'Prime Minister David Cameron speaks up on the significance of the Christian faith.' Danny Webster, a moderate and sensible commentator on faith in public life, is savage in his critique: David Cameron’s Easter message… Continue reading David Cameron’s Easter Message: wrong on so many levels

Ethics & Christian living

Lent: the best time for a bit of R&R

Today is Shrove Tuesday so tomorrow Lent will begin.  At a church we visited on Sunday, the minister spoke about Lent as ‘a time of preparation for Easter, the most important Christian festival’.  My 7 year old son Tom turned to me aghast and said (a bit too loudly) "Easter?  More important than Christmas? I think Christmas is loads… Continue reading Lent: the best time for a bit of R&R