Does my vote count?

voteIf you live in the United Kingdom you must know by now that we are about to have a general election. I say this for the benefit of my overseas readers, because in the U.K., newspapers and television are full of election coverage. Yet the election comes at a time when interest in politics is at an all-time low. Recent scandals have tarred all politicians with the same brush. Most of the parties are fighting for the middle ground, and people feel that there is not much to choose between them. So why should I bother to vote? [Read more…]

Towards an alternative economy

compassion2We live in a capitalist economy, based on exchange of goods and services using the medium of money. When we buy or sell something, we make an agreed exchange of value. In theory nobody wins and nobody loses, but in practise the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Is there an alternative?

If we all valued other people as much as we value ourselves, a culture of giving could create a different sort of economy. An economy based on ‘loving our neighbour as ourselves’; where as we look after the interests of others, we can feel secure in the knowledge that others are looking after our interests. I know that this seems idealistic, but bear with me as we explore the matter further. [Read more…]

Jesus and non-violence

Vision refreshedThere is a cost to being opposed to violence. The cross stands out as the ultimate price of non-violence. Jesus allowed men of violence to nail him to that cross and apparently triumph over him. But the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was the ultimate triumph of love over violence.

Violence is the actions of men or women against other men and women, involving physical or psychological force, in an attempt to gain power over other people.

  • In children it results in bullying
  • In evil men it results in criminality
  • In despots it results in oppression
  • In nations it results in war.

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Does God love everyone?

God loves everyone

Mumbai slum street scene

In my last blog, I stated that God loves everyone, unconditionally and that love is the very nature of God. I believe that with all of my heart, but it is good to be challenged now and again. After publishing last week’s blog, a long-term friend came round to see us. She had just read a book about God and natural disasters and was disturbed by what she had read.

Accepting the challenge, I downloaded the book to my kindle and read it all in a day. The book was written by a well-known bible scholar. (I will not mention his name because I don’t want to attack him publicly.) The book addressed the age-old problem of “If God is a God of love, why does he allow natural disasters”. [Read more…]

Choose love – change our world

RosesLove is arguably the strongest force in the universe – but love is a choice. We can choose to love or choose not to love. The possibility of love is built into our nature, but is not automatic. We are not robots, mindlessly obeying instincts. In a universe, ruled by the laws of physics, voluntary love stands out as distinctive. In a creation full of random events, love is not random but is a deliberate choice. That is why I say that love is the strongest force in the cosmos.

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Is God in control of everything?

cross-roads

Which way should I go?

Last week some of my family attended the funeral of a friend who had died at the age of 51 years old from a heart attack. Was it in God’s plan? I don’t believe that God planned for his life to be cut short. I don’t believe that God wanted that. I don’t believe that his premature death was a punishment in any way.

  • Does God plan that every 3/4 seconds, a child dies of preventable diseases?
  • Did God plan for half a million people die in an earthquake in Haiti?
  • Did God condemn 400,000 Vietnamese boat people to drown at sea whilst seeking a new life in a better country?
  • Did God plan for me to have a stroke 10 years ago?

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The Kingdom of God is around us

oak-treeThis blog article is a repeat from the my first article in March 2012. I was in Sri Lanka, and having time on my hand, started a blog. I have since published 161 articles, and have had 30,000 hits on my blog from around 150 countries.

Here is the original article, just tweaked a little.


 

The Kingdom of God is at hand

We look around us and see a world in great need, and we look forward to a day when the world reflects God’s nature. We ask,

Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven“.

The question is, “When is this going to be true in reality, and are we meant to wait passively for it?”

But the reality can be here and now. The kingdom of God is AT HAND. It is for now. It is among us. The complete fulfilment may be yet to come, but it has already started. [Read more…]

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