Articles 

When heroes fall

There has been a spate of tragic news for Christians of various stripes recently. Most shockingly has been the news that Jean Vanier was an abuser of women. Lauded for his compassion and work amongst those with disabilities, this Canadian Catholic and founder of L’Arche, seemed to be a male version of Mother Theresa and destined for sainthood. No longer. Yet I found this paragraph in Bethany McKinney Fox’s tribute to Vanier sortly after his death last May to now be very prescient. He knew, what we did not. In…

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A prediction coming true

Keeping a blog has a way of keeping you accountable if you keep it up for long enough. I’ve probably been wrong about a bunch of stuff but I’ve conveniently forgotten those. I’m choosing instead to remind you of the ones I’ve got right. I posted this in August 2011. Looking somewhat beyond the issue of gay marriage, many think (inside and outside the church) that the next shift in societies view on marriage will be the legalizing of polygamous marriages, after all, ‘We should fight for privacy as an…

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Some follow up

Yesterday I posted an essay asking Christians who might be tempted to vote for Donald Trump in the November presidential elections one simple question: where is the line? I thought I’d follow that up with some links to related articles. The two most important ones are these by David French: Will Somebody Please Hate My Enemies for Me? Remember, the Christian command to love your enemies came from a savior who was an entirely innocent man about to be executed by his enemies, yet he was also dying for them…

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One simple question

I recently submitted a chapter for a book about the upcoming US election. My submission wasn’t ultimately included in the project so I’m posting it here. It is directed primarily towards Republican voters. Feel free to discuss. On November 3rd 2020 I won’t be voting for Donald Trump or the Republican Party. In case you’re tempted to stop reading right about now, I won’t be voting for the Democratic Party nominee, either. As a citizen of both the United Kingdom and Sweden, I’ll be watching not participating. When it comes…

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Christian Living 

Why Do We Read Scripture?

It’s a good question and Andrew Wilson has a good answer. The question I was thinking about recently was this: Why do we read Scripture? What is it that we are trying to achieve as we do? What are the marks of reading it successfully (a horrible word in the context, but you know what I mean)? Here is one wrong answer, and five right ones. We do not read it to earn, instead we read it to learn, discern, turn, burn and yearn!

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Links 

The Curiosity Index: Week 8

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks which if I find the energy I’ll write about but I think I’m starting to find the time to write here again. Anyway, hope you find something of interest The Week’s Postings Tuesday: The Curiosity Index: Books edition (again)Wednesday: Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)Thursday: Book Review: A Utopia like any otherFriday: The battle for biology heats up Related Reading All these posts relate to the book review on Sweden as a utopia. As we say here varsågod (you’re welcome). Church Planting in Secular Scandinavia…

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Gender 

The battle for biology heats up

I predicted some years ago that society would face a battle over biology as transgender activists seek to change laws in their favour. There was always an inherent contradiction but the ideology doesn’t care about coherence or consistency. So, we are witnessing an increasing battle between feminists, sportswomen and some scientists on the one side and transgender/woke activists on the other. What is interesting though is to see who has control of the media – who gets to produce the next heart-warming movie about a man becoming a woman or…

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Reviews Sweden 

Book Review: A Utopia like any other

A Utopia Like Any Other: Inside the Swedish Model by Dominic Hinde My rating: 4 of 5 stars Sweden, for a relatively small country, occupies a rather large role in global discussions. It is held up as either an example of statist groupthink or an ecological utopia. Swedes themselves would never call it a utopia but they would also unquestionably say the world would be a better place if everywhere else was more like Sweden (just with better weather). In this highly readable book, journalist Dominic Hinde takes you on…

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