I haven’t done this feature recently, but I’ve been meaning to give this blog a plug for a long time. Opinionated Vicar is one of the longest running UK Christian blogs that I know of, but it’s owner, Rev David Keen, continues to write top quality posts after all this time.
David is a Church of England Vicar down in Somerset and has been blogging since 2006. His blog is definitely one of my favourites and I regularly read his offerings. He manages to mix intelligent and wise opinion with humour and whatever else he can find of interest on the internet. He mainly writes either on the state of the Church of England or current political news from a Christian perspective with continual perceptive analysis that often picks up what many others have missed.
Today he’s written a great piece on the life of St. George who served Emperor Diocletian as a soldier and was martyred in 303AD. Over the last couple of weeks, David has written a series of informative articles on Margaret Thatcher and her legacy, each of which has an important point to make:
This comment from the last of these blog posts which reviews the Bishop of London’s sermon at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral particularly struck me:
‘Bishop of London: In [Margaret Thatcher’s] words, “the basic ties of the family are at the heart of our society and are the very nursery of civic virtue”. Such moral and spiritual capital is accumulated over generations but can be easily eroded.
‘She referred to the Christian doctrine, “that we are all members one of another, expressed in the concept of the Church on earth as the Body of Christ. From this we learn our interdependence and the great truth that we do not achieve happiness or salvation in isolation from each other but as members of Society.”