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This is the third of three posts about the ancient Hebrew prophet Micah, based on sermons I preached at St Brides Liverpool. This one is about what we mean by peace. It focuses on Micah’s vision of everyone sitting under … Continue reading
Harvard Professor Michael Puett’s lecture last night was as challenging as it was entertaining. The title was ‘Chinese Philosophy and the Meaning of Life’. I had no idea that the strongest values of western culture were about to be turned … Continue reading
John Vaillant’s shocking description of the recent fires in California, hotter than anything seen before, melting everything in urban landscapes, should wake us up to the future awaiting us all if we carry on with our destructive lifestyles. Now, the … Continue reading
This is the second of 3 posts about the ancient Hebrew prophet Micah, based on sermons I preached at St Brides Liverpool. This one is about the relationship between justice and fairness. The first describes how Micah lived in a … Continue reading
Antisemitism with Jeremy Corbyn, anti-Islamism with Boris Johnson: how do they compare? This post is not about the issues themselves but about the way they are being publicly debated and what this tells us about our declining public ethics.
This is my sermon for Rogation Sunday. The word ‘rogation’ comes from the Latin for ‘to ask’. There is a tradition of praying for the crops to grow well and produce a good harvest.
More air strikes. America attacks. Britain and France meekly follow Trump’s lead. Britain’s four RAF Tornados may not be the biggest part of the initiative, but it means we’re metooing. Most of the public discourse is about surface isssues: who … Continue reading
The recent revelations of sexual abuse horrify us, particularly when the victims were children. It is one thing to feel horrified, another to respond in a constructive way. Much of the public response has sounded to me like Guardian readers … Continue reading
How dare it snow, and mess up our plans? What went wrong? Okay, you and I know that nobody is to blame. No human, anyway. So why do we call it bad weather?