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Nothing but…

I subscribe to a number of email newsletters which provides a good overview of the news. I get links to great pieces and can see at a glance what’s happening in the world. I find they give me the best articles (mostly US & UK) and news in a digest form. One of those emails was today a really interesting insight into why the news is FULL of just three stories all interconnected. You should subscribe too. This is from John Ellis. “A number of subscribers have emailed to say…

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The next generation

In Alfonso Cuarón’s brilliant 2006 film Children of Men humanity is infertile. It is a grey, hopeless world of decay as the last generation of humanity struggles to figure out what to do in a world that quite literally has no hope. The world of 2020 is not infertile but it definitely has a problem with babies. Ethical issues such as abortion, surrogacy and sperm donors add to the picture. But throughout the northern hemisphere and certain parts of the south, the world is ageing and birth rates are declining.…

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Not my ways

You may see an uptick in posting over the next few days as I’m in self-imposed quarantine. I have over the last few days developed most of the symptoms of COVID-19. It feels like a mild case of flu but the most noticeable symptom is an intensely tight chest that feels constricted and ‘hot’. But I’m fine and so is my family. I won’t know for sure whether it is this virus or not because Stockholm health authorities are only testing those sick enough to go to the hospital. So…

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Still the greater threat

It’s been a gloomy week on this blog, I’ll be the first to admit, having already written about COVID-19 and plagues of locusts. So I thought I’d round off a cheery week with another post about nuclear weapons. In summary, I believe the world is likely to get more not less nuclear weapons with a new country going nuclear about once a decade. Several of these states will have cult-leader like paranoia and so the hesitation in using them will at some point be crossed. Nuclear weapons are morally unjustified…

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A plague

In January a plague hit the world that hasn’t been seen before. It will affect hundreds of thousands of people, supplies of food will be disrupted, local economies endangered and lives will be lost. The poorest and most vulnerable will be hit hardest and the weakest will die. Here we are in March and there is no end in sight to this plague which has spread from its source to cause worry and distress in neighbouring countries. It’s not COVID-19. No, this is locusts. Vast swarms the size of giant…

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Don’t panic

This message might be a little too late really but it seems rich, comfortable people are all in a dither about this coronavirus. There are 68 million people in the UK and 321 cases of coronavirus. Somebody who can be bothered can tell me what percentage that is but it’s not very big. Sweden with a much smaller population has had 260 cases so the percentage is higher but it’s still really small. In Sweden, there is a cultural habit that might help us out: Yet I’ve had friends and…

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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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