Category: Behaviour

5 ways to live in a toxic world

A few weeks back I posted about living in a toxic world, because of unattractive and nasty things I was seeing: Lack of compassion and loss of community Polarisation and tribalism Triviality The dumbing down of politics The rich control the media A number of political ploys seem to have led us to this point: […]

They said what !!???

These words from christian and political leaders speak for themselves.

How did we get here from there?

Last post I talked about how we seem to be living in a toxic world these days. Events in the two or three weeks since then have underlined this conclusion.

Living in a toxic world

Do you ever think that life used to feel so simple, but not now? That somehow things are more complex, insane and toxic than they used to be? Do you ever feel a little overwhelmed by it all? Perhaps it’s a product of getting older, but I don’t think that’s all it is.

"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 world […]

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 liberal […]

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. But […]

Respect!

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 we […]

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. […]