Words provide little consolation for those affected by Salman Abedi's senseless and abhorrent attack on innocent young people in Manchester last week. The same is true in Egypt where a similar tragedy took place only days later. On 26 May 2017 at least 28 people were killed and 23 were injured when masked gunmen opened … Continue reading Love strengthened by faith helps us know there will be justice for Manchester
This piece was originally published in the Diplomat Magazine (http://thediplomat.com/2017/02/harrowing-un-report-on-rohingya-should-move-the-world-to-action/) A United Nations report on the situation in northern Rakhine State, Myanmar, released on February 3, provides harrowing reading. The report reveals that since a military “crackdown” began on October 9, 2016, more than 90,000 Rohingya have been forced to flee their homes, with an estimated … Continue reading Harrowing UN Report on Rohingya Should Move the World to Action
‘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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Throwing off consumerist Christianity