Category Archives: Politics

Palm Sunday’s two processions

This is my sermon for Palm Sunday, based on Matthew 21:1-11. I was brought up to think of Jesus’ procession with the donkey and the palm branches as one of the most colourful stories in the Bible, but without the … Continue reading

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President Trump: some distheological causes

Syriza, Podemos, Le Pen, Brexit, now Trump. What’s happening? As long as the debates are conducted in black and white, each side too angry too understand the other, we will not find a satisfactory way forward. This post describes some … Continue reading

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On Remembrance Sunday, what do we remember?

The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month was when the Armistice was signed at the end of The Great War, the war to end all wars. So Remembrance Day was the day when work stopped at … Continue reading

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Daniel Blake and the purpose of life

I went with some friends to see I, Daniel Blake last night. It’s many years since I last saw a film, and I was wondering whether I would be bored. Bored I was, as we sat through all the prior … Continue reading

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As a Christian I’m a citizen of the world

Prime Minister Theresa May’s statement reverberated around the UK: If you’re a citizen of the world, you’re a citizen of nowhere. My guess is that this vicar’s daughter is totally unaware of the role Christianity played in getting people to … Continue reading

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Brexit unmasks moral failure

Friday’s Church Times contains some interesting articles about the Brexit situation. One is by Philip North , the Bishop of Burnley. It’s behind a paywall but here is the relevant bit: History suggests that, whenever there is economic uncertainty or … Continue reading

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How do we identify ourselves?

Thomas Mair, the killer of Jo Cox, when asked in court to state his name, gave it as ‘Death to traitors, freedom for Britain’. You couldn’t find a stronger way to identify yourself as British. In all the debates on … Continue reading

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What will Thomas Mair’s legacy be?

The murder of Jo Cox would have been a tragedy even if she had not been such a good MP, or an MP at all. Whenever a healthy young person dies our hearts go out to the family; but when … Continue reading

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In or out or shake it all about?

The talks were organised by the European Movement and I was invited as a speaker on behalf of the Green Party . There are left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying in, and left-wing and right-wing arguments for staying out. The … Continue reading

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Pentecost for everyone

Whoever you are, the forces running the world are on your side Parthians, Medes, Elamites… Cappadocia… the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene… If you have ever stood up in church to do the Bible reading on Pentecost, you will … Continue reading

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