Category Archives: Ethics & Christian living

Why Pope Francis is wrong about begging

This week I was at a church in central London, talking with the minister when a man came to the door asking for help. He explained that he was not from London but his wife had just been discharged from … Continue reading

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How I became a Christian – by Andrew Ryland

This is the story of how I became a Christian. To some who know me, this may be a surprise. It’s no secret, I just haven’t been very open about it. Recently I have felt moved to be more transparent … Continue reading

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‘Dethroning Mammon: making money serve grace’ by Justin Welby – a review by Gordon Kuhrt

Mammon is money or possessions when they are enthroned. The author says there is nothing wrong with money in itself, but when it exercises supreme power (is enthroned) it becomes mammon: evil, destructive and dangerous. A Foreword commending the book … Continue reading

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Contemplation in a world of reaction – by Ian Geary

‘There is a pervasive form of contemporary violence to which the idealist most easily succumbs: activism and overwork. The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself … Continue reading

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Cakes, prophets and freedom of belief – by Lizzie Schofield

Ashers Baking Co. in Northern Ireland were taken to court for refusing to decorate a cake with the words “Support Gay Marriage” because it went against their Christian beliefs. The judge ruled this was discriminatory and Ashers lost. With this ‘progressive’ … Continue reading

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Comforting the disturbed, and disturbing the comfortable

There are plenty of reasons why Christianity, especially in Western countries, is perceived as a religion of the rich and powerful. Over the last two thousand years, a huge amount of unhelpful cultural and historical baggage has accumulated around Christianity. The best … Continue reading

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I am a Muslim who believes in Christ’s love for all – by Soraya Deen

I love Christmas. This year we assembled and lit our tree. On Christmas day my Jewish friend came over with her son and we did a gift exchange and had a great brunch. There is no way we forget to … Continue reading

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Five Helps for the New Year

I was really struck by reading these ‘Five Helps for the New Year’ shared on Facebook recently by Mark Bryant, the Bishop of Jarrow. They were written by Michael Ramsey, (right) who was Archbishop of Canterbury from 1961-74, for his clergy. They … Continue reading

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‘A revolution of the heart’ – Remembering Dorothy Day

Today is the 35th anniversary of the death of the radical catholic activist, Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker movement in the 1930s. She was a journalist who, after converting to Catholicism, worked in New York, running a house of … Continue reading

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Christmas Pretox: a pre-emptive strike on festive busyness

‘I want to simplify your lives. When others are telling you to read more, I want to tell you to read less; when others are telling you to do more, I want to tell you to do less. The world … Continue reading

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