Recommended books

The five best books on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

I have been taken aback a bit by the response to my last post was on the Secularisation of Martin Luther King.  A few people who have got in touch admitted that they did not even know MLK was a Christian, let alone a church minister. Over the years I have gained a lot from reading… Continue reading The five best books on Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement

Politics, Theology & Church

The secularisation of Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King remains a hero to a wide range of people. But alongside the appreciation of his life and work, there is a consistent tendency of commentators to downplay or eliminate the Christian faith that King's civil right's activism was rooted in. A Baptist Minister Many people don't even know that King was, and always remained, a Baptist… Continue reading The secularisation of Martin Luther King

Social commentary

‘Will we be extremists for hate or for love?’

The brutal killing of the soldier yesterday in Woolwich is a shocking example of religious extremism leading to hatred and violence. In a bid to defend the vast majority of peaceful Muslims who completely condemn this kind of violence, I have read many comments which say that 'this has nothing to do with Islam'.  Understandable as… Continue reading ‘Will we be extremists for hate or for love?’

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