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Caesar’s Gold

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the ways that Christians respond to the politics of the age. When I was pastoring in an area in the north of Newcastle, I would be intentional about leading us in prayer for the local MP and councillors and encouraging people to view them as co-workers in our shared desire to see the good of the area. I believe we have a clear biblical mandate to pray for our leaders, be good citizens, submit to the rule of law. But that can feel hard to hold in tension when there are world leaders who seem...
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Giving Up The Gun

After every mass shooting in America, The Onion runs the same article; ‘No Way To Prevent This,’ Says Only Nation Where This Regularly Happens. It’s a sad indictment of the continued failure of American legislators to do anything to stop the tide of gun violence. My heart breaks for the people caught up in this, those who grieve, those whose children or parents are never coming home. I’ve often written thoughts and decided against sharing because I’m British and want to stay in my lane – however, this time I decided to post. I may not be American, but I’m human and every act of terror...
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Remembering to love

It’s general election day here in the United Kingdom. Many of us will have been through this cycle many times and yet this campaign has seemed in some way different; it’s been more ideological and has at times appeared to get even more heated than normal. Glance at either the press or social media and you’ll find plenty of aggression and vitriol, usually written from the perspective of a perceived moral high ground. All too often when we don’t understand the choices of others, we dismiss their opinion and sometimes even attack their character. As James, the brother of Jesus, writes: ‘Out of the...
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