Church 

Unthinkable (in Europe anyways)

There are several topics that very clearly demonstrate the gulf that exists between an American and European mindset. The clearest example for me is guns. In the UK I only know one person, as far as I’m aware, who owns a gun and that’s for clay pigeon shooting and I only met him last year. I know, I think, two people who have guns in Sweden for hunting. I’m nearly 45. The first gun I ever saw that was not on TV was held by a policeman in France. I’d…

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Gender 

Violent

Men are violent beasts. Since Cain did his brother Abel in, men have been bashing, cutting, stabbing, punching, detonating, shooting, destroying people and things ever since. Women, of course, are not immune to this propensity to kill, maim and destroy but by and large if something violent is happening somewhere in the world it’s a fairly safe bet a man is involved. Violence against women is a particularly insidious and disturbingly common form of violence. In the fifteen years or so that I have been in church leadership I have had the sad…

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Book Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is the first in the late Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy and was one of the best-selling books of the past couple of years. Larsson was from Sweden and I just went there on holiday so I bought it at the airport. Why not? It is a cracking page-turner of a thriller that has edge, pace, character, plot twists and some genuine tension. The writing is good (as is the translation) and it’s easy to see why it has sold so many copies and why…

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