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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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Sex, porn, marriage & divorce

I was trying to think of a snappy title and I couldn’t so I just put all the key words in the headline. But it also captures a simple fact that all four are a feature of modern life whether we like it or not and they are all increasingly tangled up. Let’s start with pornography which is freely available in vast quantities to anyone who wants to look at it. Here are a few reasons why (without referring to the Bible) that we should be wary of porn. The…

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Scandinavia’s reign as the happiest place on Earth is ending

Sort of. According to WIRED: When it comes to happiness, Scandinavia – a group of countries made up of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden – seriously outperforms its peers. In the last five editions of the World Happiness Report, no Scandinavian country has ever appeared outside the top ten. The last time a Scandinavian country didn’t make it into the top ten was the first report, in 2012, when Iceland came in at a comparatively miserable 20th happiest country in the world. (In the last two reports, it has…

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On Secularism (bumper links edition)

I’ve collected a huge number of articles and posts on a variety of topics that have caught my eye over the past year. I had at one point intended to write some thoughtful essay or comment on each one but as time passed and the number of links grew that became unrealistic. Yet I’m loathe just to delete them all so for my benefit and possibly yours I’m storing them here on my blog for future reference. Today’s collection is all about secularism – the idea that that societies are…

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The Church & Gender III (Bumper links edition)

This is the third in a series of link posts The first was on the role of women in the church The second was about men and women in society This one is all about the fast moving transgender movement Disclaimers here about non-endorsements et cetera et cetera On transgender & technology The Transhumanism Revolution: Oppression Disguised as Liberation. Consider this paragraph: Contrary to popular perception and much of the transgender movement’s own rhetoric, transgender activism is not about compassion and dignity. Although transgender advocacy is couched in the language…

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The Curiosity Index (20.04.2018)

Too many men I find these demographic insights and their implications for the future fascinating. But it’s also going to be tragic for millions. In India and China alone there are 70 million more men than women. 70 million, that’s like imagining a country the size of the UK with just men (Chinese and Indian men)! Finland’s two-year universal basic income experiment is coming to an end  It will be interesting to hear what lessons they’ve learned but 2 years is not a long time for this sort of experiment.…

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God’s Giant Miracle Carrots

I remember in 1999 a documentary making quite an impact in the church I attended. The film Transformations recorded instances where whole communities had been changed, it was claimed, by God. Not only had people become Christians but as a result the whole community had in some way been positively changed or transformed. The film pointed to the fact that churches had come together in prayer for their communities and God had answered. I seem to recall our leader making a fresh push with other church leaders to pray for our…

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What is an Honour & Shame culture?

You may well have heard people talk about an Honour/Shame culture and that being the predominant one that we read of in the Bible. However you may not really understand what one is; either because it’s a different culture or because you’ve never really thought about your own culture. Here’s Jackson Wu to explain: What struck me was the difference in authority between the respect accorded to different figures and the very flat, everyone’s equal position of Sweden. I think there are pros and cons to both but the sheer…

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