Western silence

Western silence

Why does the West take so little notice of brutal persecution? We suspect the broad reason for the silence is two-fold: (1) Western foreign office departments do not want to anatgonize what they ‘see’ as their Arab/Moslem interlocutors (2) woke theory upholds Islam as...

The Search for the Lilith!

The Search for the Lilith!

Martin Johnson explores the Lilith – and invites some help Mythical or real? The Lilith is a creature found only in Isaiah 34:14. Biblical translators have long made choices that it is either a mythical demonic creature, or alternatively an owl, and if so, usually...

Love – in the Bible

Love – in the Bible

Peter Sammons reflects on the love of God. Part 1 of 2. Unconditional love? Can we really speak about “the unconditional love of God”? Is this idea supported in Scripture, or in the words of Jesus? For some this article (in two parts) will make for uncomfortable...

Love – in the Bible

Love – in the Bible

Peter Sammons reflects on the love of God. Part 2 of 2. Love in the fellowship: a truly New Testament perspective In the first article we noted that the English word love is slippery, with disparate meanings. We explored at some length the reality of agape (love) that...

Mainstream or Progressive?

Mainstream or Progressive?

The morphing of words. Roger Bolton considers.  Mainstream? Last month Christian Comment looked at Financial (banking) industry cancellation of accounts held by customers that banks’ staff do not like. In the UK this has become something of a political scandal. We...

That idea, again

That idea, again

We are not the only ones to ponder - what is the Russian Idea, and where is all this leading? We got there first It is always satisfying when an editor can state ‘we got there first’. Two months ago Christian Comment explored “The Russian Idea” and what it means ...

Farage financial farrago

Farage financial farrago

Roger Bolton reflects on the ‘cancellation’ of Nigel Farage by posh bank Coutts a public figure’s bank account is cancelled what are the broad social implications? what are the specific Christian implications? The basic story For the benefit of any non-UK readers,...

The Love of God

The Love of God

How should we understand the love of God? A problem ..... How can we define the nature of ‘love’ as encountered in the Bible – and in popular Western imagination? American theologian DA Carson wrote “The Difficult Doctrine of Love” back in 1999. In this half hour...

How humans tell stories – seven basic plots

How humans tell stories – seven basic plots

Are there really only seven basic plot themes in Western literature? Basic Plots There are only a handful of basic plot themes in the entire canon of Western literature. Author Christopher Booker argues, in his book “The Seven Basic Plots”, that there are in fact only...

Personal Beliefs – a survey

Personal Beliefs – a survey

Peter Sammons reflects on TFM’s recent personal beliefs survey Background to the TFM Standard Survey As part of its mission activity over nearly three decades, Through Faith Missions (TFM) has used a street survey on personal beliefs. The survey questionnaire itself...

Rye College – and the Cat

Rye College – and the Cat

Another sad case. Another sad case, this time where a child 'identifies' as a cat and receives vocal support from the now notorious Rye College, which in turn is linked to the so-called 'Aquinas Trust'. Children who question the cat narrative are openly abused by...

Living 15 minutes from everything?

Living 15 minutes from everything?

Reflections on modern concept ............ As editor I must apologise. The first half of this article was downloaded from the internet but I cannot recall the source, nor the author. So I apologise and am happy to give credit if anyone recognises this material. The...

Download Heavy Rock Festival

Download Heavy Rock Festival

Dan Holland reports on recent Christian presence at the annual festival Caleb calmed down the crowd and said, “Let's go and take the land. I know we can do it!” (Num 13v 30) Last Year at Download – Getting the contours Last year I felt like Caleb when attending...

Crushed spirits – mental illness crisis

Crushed spirits – mental illness crisis

What might we understand in today’s global mental health pandemic? Roger Bolton considers. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34: 18 Addictive We live in a strange era, where mental health outcomes are being...

Protestant work ethic

Protestant work ethic

Does it make a real impact in economic development? Peter Sammons considers …. Vive la difference …. I first became aware of this concept when, way back in 1984 as I undertook Business Studies at tertiary college, our economics tutor described the concept - briefly -...

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