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
It’s Saturday, the day after Good Friday. Jesus is in the tomb. The women can’t do anything because it is the Sabbath. They are bound by their religious beliefs to keep God’s Law. The disciples are bound by fear, they are terrified and in hiding. They are carrying a weight of shame and guilt. Continue reading
“O Holy Night” was originally a French carol and is based on Placede Cappeau’s poem “Minuit, Chretians!” (Midnight! Christians). Adolph Adam composed the music in 1847. It was written to celebrate the renovation of the church organ in Roquemare.
There are at least three English language versions of this now, including a recent version by Sovereign Grace Music.
I love the words in the third verse of perhaps the most familiar version by John Dwight Sullivan . Continue reading
When David committed adultery with Bathsheba and had her husband murdered, he thought he had got away with it but God saw and God was not pleased. In 2 Samuel 12, God sends the prophet Nathan to pronounce judgement. David repents (you can read his confession in Psalm 51). God forgives David, his life is spared. However, he is told:
It used to be said that pet owners begin to look like their animals. I don’t know if that is really true, however, it has also been said that we (as individuals and as a society) begin to look like and behave like our idols. Continue reading
We have seen the danger of prejudice including “implicit bias.” This includes:
- The danger that if I have an implicit bias against others I may misjudge them, I may mishear them. I may fail to see what they have to offer, fail to encourage them in their gifts and fail to hear truth from them.
- The danger that I may experience of perceive implicit bias from others means that I will hear everything they have to say as loaded, subjective and prejudiced. I may miss the truth when it is spoken by them. I may mistrust them and reject the love that freely offer.
Here are some reflections on how we can move forward. Continue reading
A few weeks back the Bishop of Burnley went to the New Wine Conference and challenged the hearers on their attitude to the poor. There was a bit of media reaction and a bit more social media reaction. Continue reading