Social commentary

Gaza, London, Streatham and the randomness of violence

After a meeting this Thursday, I got the underground from London Bridge station back to my office. As I walked onto the platform, a man spat on the ground just as I walked past. Instinctively I glanced up but I continued walking along the platform and a few yards on, I stopped to wait for… Continue reading Gaza, London, Streatham and the randomness of violence

Ethics & Christian living

Learning from those who never got there: what Bonhoeffer and King teach me about reaching 40

Last month, I was 40.  It's a time to stand back, to reflect and take stock...and invest in moisturiser.  Especially when one of my son's friends thought I was 60! In recent years, two of the biggest influences on me have been the writings and example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Martin Luther King.   In some ways,… Continue reading Learning from those who never got there: what Bonhoeffer and King teach me about reaching 40

Ethics & Christian living, Recommended books

‘Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve’

‘Long before and after Jesus, prophets and philosophers have been trying to reconcile the fullest individuality with the most just community.  Greatness of servanthood may have been as good an answer as any ever found.  The best woman or man was the one who did the most for the community.’  Stewart Burns To The Mountaintop:… Continue reading ‘Everyone can be great, because anyone can serve’

Ethics & Christian living

When good people do nothing

"All it takes for evil to flourish is for good men to do nothing" Edmund Burke ‘This city desert makes you feel so cold, it’s got so many people but it’s got no soul’  Jerry Rafferty, Baker Street Last Friday I was getting the tube home from work and as normal, I got on the… Continue reading When good people do nothing

Faithfulness Matters

The price of everything…and the value of nothing

Again, thanks to everyone who has got involved with the campaign. If you are new to this please read the Open Letter to Ross Williams, like this on Facebook group and, if possible, make a call to Global Personals on 01753 27 12 80 to raise your concerns about their website and these adverts.   The right motives I… Continue reading The price of everything…and the value of nothing

Social commentary

The unpredicted tinderbox: 3 factors which fuelled the riots

It’s very difficult talking about the reasons for riots during or immediately after they have happened. People who blame things like poverty, racism, alienation, or the classic ‘there is nothing for the kids to do around here’ sound like they are giving easy excuses for terrible behaviour. Most people are simply expressing their anger and… Continue reading The unpredicted tinderbox: 3 factors which fuelled the riots

Theology & Church

The right kind of religious extremism

Following the killing of Osama bin Laden,  a quote attributed to Rev. Martin Luther King, has been widely circulated via Facebook and Twitter: “I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy.  Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to… Continue reading The right kind of religious extremism