‘This project is not only wrong, it’s doomed. It’s wrong because of the million people that will directly suffer… I believe that this will be a millstone around this government’s neck for many years to come… It will be a constant source of anger and betrayal among those people who will be directly affected... There…Read more The New Heathrow Runway is No Catastrophe, Aleppo is.
Rembrandt painted this image of the Prodigal Son at the end of his life. His life followed a story of riches to rags. His early adulthood brought fame, popularity and wealth. Henri Nouwen describes how Rembrandt’s self-portraits during this period reveal him as a man ‘hungry for fame and adulation, fond of extravagant costumes… and…Read more Challenging preconceptions about Christianity
This is a poem I wrote for Tearfund Rhythms blog on the link between sex trafficking and pornography: No choice in the matter, The game is on, Been here before - no need to stop. Only an image, What’s the harm? ‘Girls as objects?’ That’s the norm. Deeper, deeper, Reels you in, Sex contorted: a…Read more The Slave Driver
2014 has been a year of religious persecution. Meriam Ibrahim in Sudan, Boko Haram in Nigeria, and IS in Iraq have all hit our news screens, highlighting that even today there are medieval levels of persecution around the world. The reality of this persecution poses two challenges to us as British Christians. The first is…Read more The Challenge of Religious Persecution
This summer, I had the privilege of spending a month in Africa. The bulk of my time was spent at an Iris global ministry base in South Africa called Footprints. For those of you who have not heard of Iris, they are a charity founded by Heidi and Rolland Baker, a ministry which has planted…Read more Throwing off consumerist Christianity
We need to wake up. The tragedy of Meriam Ibrahim, a woman sentenced to hang for marrying a Christian, has brought into sharp focus the full extent of religious persecution worldwide. The Times reported two weeks ago that 100,000 Christians are martyred every year – more than at any other time in history. A secret,…Read more ‘Wake up, O sleeper…’
‘This course is called the ‘transformation of the ancient world,” the lecturer pronounced, ‘because that world was ancient. Life was totally different to the modern day. You and I struggle to imagine an era before the agricultural revolution. What it meant was that a considerable body of people were needed to provide for the few.…Read more Our Habit of Forgetfulness…