Films & music

‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ – a film by Peter Jackson [review]

I will never forget talking with an old school friend in the pub after he got back from the first Gulf War in 1991. He had left school at 16 and joined the army just as I went into the Sixth Form.  In the Gulf he served as an officer in a tank regiment. At… Continue reading ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ – a film by Peter Jackson [review]

Social commentary

I don’t Vow To Thee My Country: the difference between patriotism and nationalism

This week a lot of people will sing the hymn ‘I Vow to Thee my Country’ at Remembrance services. The hymn, which combines the words of a poem by British Diplomat Sir Cecil Spring-Rice with a beautiful tune by Gustav Holst, is enormously popular.  And having been sung at both the wedding and funeral of… Continue reading I don’t Vow To Thee My Country: the difference between patriotism and nationalism

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

Social commentary

Is war a necessary evil? – by Danny Kuhrt (aged 11)

War is the worst thing known to man. People dying at terrifying rates. The Chance of dying at any second. It is a horrible thing. Yet, sometimes it is necessary. You cannot let sometime storm into your country, kill everyone, abuse you and become powerful for being evil. When Hitler invaded Poland, they couldn’t just… Continue reading Is war a necessary evil? – by Danny Kuhrt (aged 11)