Articles 

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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Technology 

Social media hasn't got any better for 2020

Social media is now ever-present or omnipresent feature of modern life. Not all that long ago it was touted as a means to bring the world closer together and now it’s seen as a tool that is used to drive us ever further apart. In this short article, I’ll share some links to good articles that highlight the danger, present the options and give some wisdom as to how to handle the two-headed beast that is social media. These were the 5 key trends from social media going into 2019…

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Articles 

The transgender battle heats up

A blog is a record of your public musings and thoughts. I imagine if I searched through all the posts on here and pulled out all the predictions there would be a fair few wrong ‘uns. However, every now and then you call one right. Here’s four observations I made about this issue in June 2015 (and I can go back to 2012) Transgender is the new front-line for progressive politics Feminism vs Transgenderism The transgender debate will have consequences for the church This will change things I reckon I…

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Gender Links 

The Church & Gender II (Bumper links edition)

In my previous set of links I outlined three main areas of conversation around gender & the church.  The differing views on the role of women in the church This one on men and women in society The next one on the transgender movement So usual disclaimers about not endorsing and not trying to be comprehensive blah blah blah. Let’s get to it. On men, women & society Why Christians Need to Support Women’s Rights and Religious Freedom in the Muslim World The Gender War Is On! And Fake Why…

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Links 

The Curiosity Index (28.08.2018)

Do We Really Want Our Christian Prime Minister Making Christian Decisions? Stephen McAlpine:  The self-confessed Christian politician is called upon to release asylum seekers on the basis of their Christianity, but required to ignore or privatise their Christian faith’s conviction in the public square when it comes to other human rights matters related to Imago-Dei, such as abortion or euthanasia. Politics and Religion in India This article is a few years old now but it still gives a helpful background to the complex relationship between religion and politics. Indian secularism, by…

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Parenting by Paul David Tripp Reviews 

Book Review: Parenting

At least once a year I try to read a book about parenting. If I read too many books on parenting, I get confused and overwhelmed by all the different suggestions. I simply can’t introduce too many ideas or strategies into my parenting all at once. One book a year, take some good ideas and work hard at making them a part of your daily approach to raising your kids. Parenting by Paul David Tripp isn’t that kind of parenting book. In fact as much as it dealt with children it…

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Christian Living 

Devotional: Your children are a blessing

But Jesus said, “Let the children alone, and do not hinder them from coming to Me; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these” Matthew 19:14 Our children are a blessing from God, even on days when it may not feel like it – like the day I found my two little ones hiding under the sofa with a box of icing sugar and a teaspoon each. But with blessings come responsibilities. As mothers, it is our responsibility to share our faith with our children so that they…

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Christians, the early church & child abuse

One of the great tragedies of our day is that the church (and I use that in its widest form) has increasingly become known as a place where children have been abused. There are too many scandals, too much secrecy, too many cover ups of abusers using the cover of priesthood and religion. It is religion at its very, very worst. The church cannot, must not, tolerate the abuse of children. It wasn’t always this way. In fact in its earliest days Christians were famous for the opposite – the protection…

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