Theology & Church

Grace in the face of oppression: what I saw in Egypt – by Martin Kuhrt

Land of the Nile, pyramids, the Valley of the Kings, a centre of early Christianity; Egypt well deserves its status as ‘a cradle of civilisation’. But its glories do not all lie in its past. Its fast growing, population of roughly 100 million people is among the most youthful in the world, with a staggering… Continue reading Grace in the face of oppression: what I saw in Egypt – by Martin Kuhrt

Ethics & Christian living

‘This is for Allah’: overcoming denial about the deadly power of religion

Last night I was with a group of volunteers who have been running a night shelter for homeless people over the last eight months. They come from 13 different churches and a local synagogue in central London. As well as Christians and Jews, a significant number of volunteers are also Muslims. Now in it's seventh… Continue reading ‘This is for Allah’: overcoming denial about the deadly power of religion

Ethics & Christian living

Cakes, prophets and freedom of belief – by Lizzie Schofield

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland were taken to court for refusing to decorate a cake with the words "Support Gay Marriage" because it went against their Christian beliefs. The judge ruled this was discriminatory and Ashers lost. With this 'progressive' ruling passed, I'm off to Golders Green to get my "Support Hamas" bagels; then to… Continue reading Cakes, prophets and freedom of belief – by Lizzie Schofield

Ethics & Christian living

I am a Muslim who believes in Christ’s love for all – by Soraya Deen

I love Christmas. This year we assembled and lit our tree. On Christmas day my Jewish friend came over with her son and we did a gift exchange and had a great brunch. There is no way we forget to celebrate Christmas in our Muslim home. I was born in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is… Continue reading I am a Muslim who believes in Christ’s love for all – by Soraya Deen

Ethics & Christian living

I am Not Charlie: a Christian response to the killings in Paris – by Bob Ekblad

I was deeply troubled by the news of the killings of journalists at Charlie Hebdo, France’s beloved satirical newspaper, by two French Muslim brothers of Algerian descent, Chérif and Saïd Kouachi. I’ve been haunted by footage I saw of these gunmen’s shooting of a police officer in cold blood on a Parisian street where our… Continue reading I am Not Charlie: a Christian response to the killings in Paris – by Bob Ekblad

Ethics & Christian living

We cannot pretend this violence has nothing to do with religion

My next door neighbour is a devout Muslim and he is the best neighbour that it is possible to have. He recently replaced the fence between our gardens. Not only did he refuse to accept any contribution from us for the cost of the new fence, but while we were away he came round and coated our side… Continue reading We cannot pretend this violence has nothing to do with religion

Politics

Would Jesus bomb IS? – by Claire Mathys

Since the UK decided to join other Western countries in airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State (IS), many Christians have been wrestling with whether this decision was the right one. One question is whether bombing is morally justifiable. Another is whether it is strategically wise. Both sit against a backdrop of the 2003 Iraqi invasion… Continue reading Would Jesus bomb IS? – by Claire Mathys