How should Christians respond to the military action in Syria?

Yesterday, the US, Britain and France launched a military attack against Syria in response to chemical weapons attacks against Syrian civilians believed to have been perpetrated by the Assad regime? Military action has divided public opinion here in the UK. Gone are the days when war and airstrikes were a convenient way for beleaguered governments to galvanise public support and distract attention from domestic politics. Continue reading

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The answer to terror

The aim of terrorism is to cause fear, panic and terror. That’s where it gets its name from.  Over the past few months, we’ve been learning from the book of Revelation that this world is often frightening, chaotic, messy, senseless. Terrorism is just one expression of evil – a world in rebellion against its loving creator. Continue reading

The Wedding Feast (Revelation 22)

Power has won another round

Freedom’s shaking, gagged and bound

But we’re not so far away

And all these mighty little men Proclaiming dollars, sterling, yen But we’re saving for the day Continue reading

Responding to terrorism – living now in the light of God’s Revelation

We went to bed on Monday night to the news that an explosion had been reported at an Ariana Grande gig in Manchester. We now know that it was a terrorist attack leaving 22 dead and 59 injured, many of them children.  The UK terror alert has been raised to critical meaning that another attack is feared imminent. Continue reading

Singing in the midst of suffering (2) How do I stop from seeking revenge?

So, Revelation 15-16 means I can sing now instead of seeking revenge. How do I do this?  Here are a few suggestions I hope you will find helpful. Continue reading

The Bruised Reed means… (1) Recovery for the abused

Some of us will identify with Isaiah’s description of “a bruised reed.” Reeds were useful for all sorts of things including making rope, sandals, baskets etc. but a reed that was bruised was weakened and damaged, likely to snap with the potential to cut and harm the person holding it. Continue reading