“A little child shall lead them”?

I usually post matters that I have researched carefully and can present in a reasoned and calm way. This may be more of a rant, or a bleat, or a lament. We all know who this is In just 12 months, Greta Thunberg has come from total obscurity, just another teenager, to become a worldContinue reading ““A little child shall lead them”?”

Human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires (James 1:20)

It is no news that people seem to becoming more polarised politically these days. But it is sad, unhelpful and unnecessary. It is particularly sad when christians fall into this. And it seems to be particularly common when discussing issues relating to terrorism and Islam. Like this last week …..

Disturbing thoughts about christians and politics

Have you ever wondered how christians, who believe more or less the same things about Jesus and God, believe widely divergent things about politics and public morality? Specifically, if you are more conservative politically, do you wonder how more liberal christians can possibly think and vote as they do? And if you are more liberalContinue reading “Disturbing thoughts about christians and politics”

Loss and grief and rejection pulverize a heart

Truth and love are both basic virtues for christians. The Bible tells us God is love, and Jesus is the truth (1 John 4:8, John 14:6). But sometimes truth and love seem to get in each other’s way. Or maybe it is what we think is the truth and what we think is loving. ButContinue reading “Loss and grief and rejection pulverize a heart”


I wrote last week of the grief I and many others had felt at the death of champion cyclist Mike Hall and the termination of the inaugural India Pacific Wheel Race. In the week that has followed, I have been enormously impressed by the dignity, sensitivity and camaraderie of the cycling fraternity. I think weContinue reading “Respect!”

Giving flowers, living in the opposite spirit

Spiritual principles series Dealing with refugees is one of the most intractable problems facing governments across the western world. Not only is it difficult to control the number of people seeking asylum from crossing borders, but there is the fear that among the asylum seekers may be Taliban of DAESH fighters bent on suicide terrorism.Continue reading “Giving flowers, living in the opposite spirit”

Christians and abortion

Difficult issues series In the previous two posts I have considered when in human evolution human life began, and when in pregnancy human life begins. In both cases, there were considerable uncertainties. This naturally brings us to the polarising topic of abortion, and christian attitudes to termination of pregnancy. This is a “hot button” issue,Continue reading “Christians and abortion”

Did Jesus endorse a centurion’s gay relationship?

Difficult issues series This one’s been around for a while, but I hadn’t seen it until recently, so maybe you haven’t either. When Jesus healed a centurion’s servant in Matthew 8:5-13 & Luke 7:1-10, the Greek word pais is used and translated as “servant”. The word pais had several meanings, including young boy or son,Continue reading “Did Jesus endorse a centurion’s gay relationship?”

If God knows everything, why pray?

Spiritual Principles series There are several different types of prayer – several different types of conversations we may have with God, if you like to look at it that way. Sometimes we need to ask for forgiveness, sometimes we want to thank him or tell him we love him, sometimes we just want to meditateContinue reading “If God knows everything, why pray?”