Optimistic or Pessimistic future

I believe that the world is standing at the crossroads. Are we moving to a more united world where the problems of war, extreme poverty and disease are reduced or even eliminated? Or are we are moving towards a world divided by nationalism and racism resulting in war, economic […]

Jesus breaks religious rules

As we live in an imperfect society we need some rules and laws to combat the worst forms of evil.  Religion has its own sets of rules, but Jesus showed us that if we follow his way, love transcends rules. He was born into a Jewish society which had […]

Faith: a window to God

Faith is like a window. We can think of a window in many ways.  We could concentrate on the construction, the design, the curtains, the glass but fail to realise that the purpose of a window is to actually look out and enjoy the view.  A window brings the […]

What is wrong with Religion?

When I was a child I attended Christian churches, which, although they preached the good news of the Gospel, nevertheless taught that we had to strive all of our lives to please God and conform to certain rules.  So I was taught not to drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, […]

Activating generosity

Yesterday we were having a get-together of a support group for a small charity.  We were discussing the challenges of supporting our partners work in combating poverty and creating opportunity for people around the world.  There is no avoiding the fact that we need money to meet the needs. […]

Amazing Grace

The word “grace” has many meanings such as a prayer before a meal, courteousness, or the elegance of a dancer.  But the word takes on a totally new meaning when we talk about grace in the context of God’s relationship with humanity.  I respectfully submit my definition: “Grace is the unconditional love […]

Should we stay or should we go?

The people of the United Kingdom are about to make an important decision.  Should we leave the European Union or should we stay in and try to reform it? I am appalled at the level of debate so far. Scare stories about the economy if we leave. Talk about […]