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How Would Jesus Vote?

‘We don’t do God,’ said Alistair Campbell, somewhat famously, cutting off a Vanity Fair interview with his then boss Tony Blair. It’s turned out to be one of his most memorable quotes from his tenure but the irony is, of course, that Prime Minister Blair was an active Christian who prayed into his decisions. At the same time politicians from both sides of the house will mention their own faith in God. And agitators will film videos where they point at the whole system and explain what Jesus would have said about it all. So where do we get any clarity?...
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This Girl Can

I remember the first time I blogged about International Women’s Day it was quite by accident. I had been on my way to the refectory at university to buy some lunch when I was approached by numerous girls telling me which way I should vote in the day’s student elections. I knew nothing about the issues on campus but I knew a good smile when I saw one and voted accordingly. On my return to my desk I posted my experiences along with the inevitable conclusion that Emmeline Pankhurst had not went far enough: Men should be disenfranchised because we were far too...
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Lost in Wonder

There’s a sweeping trend online at the moment for sentimental stories; you know the kind? They usually whisk you off to a video; the title will tell you that you’re going to be amazed, your life will be changed, and you will be awestruck and filled with wonder as an unknown person wows the whole internet. And you’ll watch something sentimental for thirty seconds then get bored and go on with your day. Can I ask the question; have you ever been truly awestruck by what waited on the other side of the hyperlink? For me the effect of all of these things...
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William Tyndale

The dramatisation by the BBC of Hilary Mantel’s Booker Prize winning novels, Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, has brought Tudor England and it’s characters into the forefront of the public’s conciousness at the moment. Figures like Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, and Thomas More are having their reputations analysed in the public eye as the media seeks to explore the balance between fiction and history. One figure mentioned in those books, however, towers above the rest for me: William Tyndale. When Elijah was on the run from the power crazed insanity of Jezebel, he cried out to God saying that he...
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Peace Has Come

It had actually been a really good day up until that moment; not perhaps the perfect day, but its average was definitely high. The trains were all running late but by good fortune I managed to get on an alternate that would get me home earlier, so I dropped my bag and my bones onto the first seat I saw and sighed contentedly. It was around about this point that it happened. Someone acknowledged my existence. Not just a nod either, actual verbal recognition of my presence near them on the train. And they had children. The future flashed before my...
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