Who is anti-Semitism a problem for?

I wrote a little while back about anti-Semitism.  I also had a little disagreement with a Christian news editor who tweeted the image at the heart of part of the recent political controversy (the painting removed in Tower Hamlets). It was my view that republishing the offending image was unnecessary we don’t need to show something for people to know it is wrong (you didn’t find people publishing examples of the type of pornography that Damien Green was alleged to have on his computer).  The response I got back was that people needed to see the image in order to decide for themselves whether it was anti-Semitic. Continue reading

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A statement on “Punish a Muslim” Day

It has been drawn to my attention that a letter has been circulating in some areas encouraging people to punish Muslims for the hurt and heartache they have caused.  You can see a copy of the letter, and a response on Stephen Kneale’s blog here.  Continue reading

The Problem with Anti-Semitism

A couple of weeks back, I was talking to Nueva Vida about Jude 16- 19. In the context of that we talked about why we take communion to remember. It is not just an intellectual remembrance, It goes deeper than that. We can remember facts but we can lose the significance, lose the freshness, lose the now-ness. Communion takes us back to that place. This is particularly important for succeeding generations who were not physically present at Calvary. Continue reading

Jordan Peterson “We often get the question wrong”

You can watch a video of a panel discussion with Rebecca Goldstein, Jordan Peterson and William Lane Craig on “Does Life have meaning?” here. The whole video is worth watching.

I just want to highlight here on a fantastically telling quote from Jordan Peterson here:[1] Continue reading

The Subversive City

 

We have an inbuilt, deep seated desire to belong.  Humans are social creatures, we look for company, we seek to build partnerships. We are at our best when we work together.  We have a desire to create, to build, to develop and improve. Continue reading

Original Sin or Original Goodness?

I’ve heard a few people from time to time complain that Evangelicals talk too much about original sin and not enough about original goodness. The complaint is that this leads to a negative attitude to humanity. We fail to see our potential for good. Continue reading

Down’s Syndrome, disability, abortion, euthanasia and the church

Last week, the Church of England Synod debated a motion concerning the rights and welfare of people with Downs’ Syndrome.  We spent a bit of time talking about this as church elders this week.  We used as oSally Phillips on DSur starting point, Ian Paul’s article here. Now, our elders’ discussion is not going to get the same level of attention, nor are we part of the church of England so what the C of E discuss and decide is in one sense “not our business.”   Indeed, whilst Ian was critical of Synod, this was not our primary focus. However, we felt it right to talk about this because: Continue reading