N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble—and Relentlessly Practical

Between around-the-clock news reports, interviews with public health experts, and pundits hashing out the pros and cons of different disease-fighting strategies, we’re hardly at a loss for information and perspectives on COVID-19. Yet there are still many questions we struggle to answer with complete confidence: Why has this happened? What should we do in response?Continue reading “N. T. Wright: The Pandemic Should Make Us Humble—and Relentlessly Practical”

Prayers for Beirut after huge blast leaves at least 100 dead

Christians are being asked to pray for victims and their loved ones after a gigantic blast tore through Beirut’s port area on Tuesday night, killing at least a hundred people and injuring thousands. The Middle East Council of Churches said it was “devastated Beirut is facing a tragedy”.  “Let’s stand together. Let’s rescue the woundedContinue reading “Prayers for Beirut after huge blast leaves at least 100 dead”

Protesters ‘burn Bible’ and American flag at Portland demonstration

Protesters reportedly burned the US flag and a Bible during demonstrations in Portland, Oregon, over the weekend. A video was posted to Twitter by user @Shelldrayk claiming to show a Bible and American flag being set alight in front of the federal courthouse in Portland. The demonstration on Friday night was largely peaceful until theContinue reading “Protesters ‘burn Bible’ and American flag at Portland demonstration”

Supreme Court Issues a Surprising—and Divisive—Decision on Churches and Pandemic Restrictions

The Story: Despite what appears to be a blatantly unconstitutional infringement of religious liberty, five Supreme Court justices are allowing Nevada to hold churches to a stricter standard than casinos. The Background: Last week the Supreme Court denied a request from a Nevada church that would block enforcement of Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order that limitsContinue reading “Supreme Court Issues a Surprising—and Divisive—Decision on Churches and Pandemic Restrictions”

SF Giants’ Sam Coonrod refuses to kneel for Black Lives Matter: ‘I’m Christian and will only kneel before God’

San Francisco Giants pitcher, Sam Coonrod, has said that he will not kneel for Black Lives Matter because he is a Christian and will only kneel before God. The baseball star was the only MLB player who remained standing as players from the Giants and the Los Angeles Dodgers knelt for BLM prior to theContinue reading “SF Giants’ Sam Coonrod refuses to kneel for Black Lives Matter: ‘I’m Christian and will only kneel before God’”

Critical Theory, Cultural Marxism, and our Cultural Ferment

What is going on out there? Could anyone have predicted a year ago that we’d be where we are now? Terms and concepts we’d thought long dead, like “Marxism” and “the Masses” have been revived for a contentious encore. Newer terms like “Cultural Marxism” and “Critical Theory” now dominate social discourse, even within the Church.Continue reading “Critical Theory, Cultural Marxism, and our Cultural Ferment”

Is UK Hate Crime Law a Precursor of What Is to Come for the Church

Concerns have been raised about the free speech implications of plans to extend hate crime legislation in Scotland. The proposed Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill “seeks to modernise and extend existing hate crime legislation”. One proposed addition to existing laws would create new offences relating to stirring up hatred that apply to allContinue reading “Is UK Hate Crime Law a Precursor of What Is to Come for the Church”

It’s not wrong to say ‘Islamist terrorism’

The former Bishop of Rochester, Michael Nazir-Ali, has defended the use of the term ‘Islamist terrorism’ following reports that it may be dropped by the police. The term is used to describe terrorist attacks in which the perpetrators claim to have been inspired by Islam. These include the 2005 London bombings and the 2017 WestminsterContinue reading “It’s not wrong to say ‘Islamist terrorism’”

Fighting the fourth pandemic: disinformation

Coronavirus, racism and climate change were described as “the three pandemics of our time” by Bishop of Kensington Graham Tomlin, at the UK’s National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast this summer. He was echoing the words of Father Andrew Moughtin-Mumby, Rector of St Peter’s Church in Walworth, from the Church of England’s national online service lamenting racismContinue reading “Fighting the fourth pandemic: disinformation”

Eleven Christians Killed in Latest Attacks in Nigeria

Eleven Christians were killed in an attack on a village in Kaduna state, north-western Nigeria, on Monday. Around 50 armed Fulani herdsmen invaded the village of Gora Gan at around 7pm on Monday evening and set houses on fire, according to Rev Isaac Ango Makama, of the Christian Association of Nigeria. Seven other Christians wereContinue reading “Eleven Christians Killed in Latest Attacks in Nigeria”