Today’s guest post is by Ciaran Thompson. Ciaran has done both local and central London-based work in politics. It has involved media reporting for a Christian group which tries to bridge the gap between the Church and the Government. This piece is… Read More ›
If Scotland votes ‘Yes’ all of us will have a part wrenched out that will never be replaced
I am Cornish and am proud of this fact. If you ask me whether I see myself as English or British, I would agree to both putting English as that which I identify most strongly. But above both of those… Read More ›
The new Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan is a Christian – so what?
Working in an educational establishment and knowing a fair few teachers elsewhere, I saw some ecstatic people yesterday when the news of Michael Gove’s departure from the Department of Education was announced. It’s been incredible witnessing the levels of joy… Read More ›
Without a moral compass British values lose their way and now we’re seeing the consequences
A little late to the party on this… Over the last few weeks a battle for the heart and soul of our schools has intensified as we’ve witnessed the repercussions of the Trojan Horse episode that has engulfed a handful of Birmingham… Read More ›
Is the Church of England now the Labour Party at prayer?
As far as whether we see ourselves as a Christian country, it appears beyond doubt that David Cameron has won the argument. Other than a few awkward secularists the vast majority of those who have given their views in public over… Read More ›
When religion and politics collide: are there lines that need to be drawn?
The recent great debate over the relationship between politics and religion appears to be showing no sign of losing steam. We might now be more inclined to define this country as post-Christian as the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams… Read More ›
“I’m stunned and horrified” – North Korean Christian tells MPs of their persecution
Yesterday the Minister for Faith & Communities, Baroness Warsi chaired the first meeting of the Foreign Office group on Freedom of Religion or Belief. According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website, the group, which includes Mervyn Thomas, chief… Read More ›
Churches can empower communities in ways that government overseas aid never will
This week, three of my fellow bloggers have travelled to Cambodia with Tearfund to visit communities living in poverty being transformed through the local church. They are meeting people who are being given a hand up from poverty thanks to… Read More ›
I’m a Christian and this is why failing to vote is not an option
Following on from the last post in the I’m a Christians and this is why I vote… series where Frank Cranmer gave his reasons for not being able to bring himself to vote, Daniel Stafford, offers his views on why… Read More ›
Panorama reveals the overwhelming response of Christians to food poverty
Last night I sat down to watch Panorama on BBC 1 as it delved into the world of foodbanks and poverty. Most of the programme was spent in Bristol as it observed the various charities and groups (50 in that… Read More ›
I’m a Quaker and this is why I find it very hard to vote at all
This is the sixth and last is the ‘This is why I vote’ series where writers are asked to discuss the reasons for their own political opinions and how they tie with their own faith. As it has progressed, I’ve had several… Read More ›
Gay marriage, culture wars and a church that needs to return to its roots
As a resident south of the border, I’ve been observing the progress of the same-sex Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill from a distance and not taking in quite the same volume of information as I did with the equivalent… Read More ›
I’m a Christian and this is why I vote Green
Today’s guest post by Stephen Gray is the third in a series where writers are asked to discuss the reasons for their own political views and how they tie with their Christian faith. The first two are I’m a Christian… Read More ›
I’m a Christian and this is why I vote Labour
Today’s guest post by Lois Sparling is the second in a series where writers are asked to discuss the reasons for their own political views and how they tie with their Christian faith. The first – I’m a Christian and this… Read More ›
I’m a Christian and this is why I vote Conservative
My article last week’s article discussing Christian voting patterns has generated a fair amount of debate in various places over the last few days. In particular, my thoughts echoing Danny Webster’s comments about whether Christians of differing political persuasions feel… Read More ›
How much aid did the UK government give to countries where Christians are persecuted in 2013?
Today the widely respected Open Doors 2014 World Watch List is published. It is the only annual global survey of Christian religious freedom and since its inception in 2002 it has ranked the 50 countries most hostile to Christian believers during… Read More ›
Is the proposed change in Northern Irish abortion legislation to be welcomed?
Today’s post is written by regular guest contributor. Edward Kendall. Tweet @Edward_Kendall. ———— Earlier this month it was announced that David Ford, Northern Ireland’s justice minister, is to launch a consultation on whether Northern Ireland’s abortion law should be changed to allow abortion… Read More ›
Christian anti-slavery coalition calls for Modern Slavery Bill to be strengthened
Theresa May’s draft Modern Slavery Bill will be the first of its kind in Europe according to the government. The Home Secretary has proposed a bill that for once has strong support across the political parties and is accompanied by… Read More ›
My friend first went to prison at 12. Now he tells prisoners how God rescued him
This week is anti-bullying week and inter-faith week. It’s probably some other week I’ve not noticed yet too, but I do know that it is definitely Prisons Week. This is because my church is heavily involved in prison ministry. It’s not… Read More ›