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End game: what matters, your CV or your character?

In the end, what is it about our lives that really matters? A few days ago I gave a tribute at a Thanksgiving service held in memory of my friend and mentor Monty Barker . A fine psychiatrist, inspirational teacher, … Continue reading

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A Better Story: Faith in the Shadow of the Sexual Revolution

In less than a generation the Christian moral vision – that human beings flourish when sexual interests are boundaried in life-long covenant between a man and a woman – has seen a profound loss of cultural power. Across Western Europe … Continue reading

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Why Gratitude is good for you

‘Congratulations on owning a new i-phone 6!’ Right then, a gushing ‘congratulations’ from the Apple call-centre was the last thing I wanted to hear. With my beautiful new phone reduced to a sorry spiders web of cracked and splintered glass, forget congratulations … Continue reading

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Why we need to pray for journalists

‘I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people’ (1 Tim 2:1) Last night I watched the TV dramatisation of events that took place 4 years ago less then a quarter of … Continue reading

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Support for slavery and support for traditional marriage: 2 sides of the same coin?

As pressure mounts on the Church to change its convictions about the sanctity of marriage, and the sacredness of celibacy outside of marriage, one of the arguments often deployed by revisionists is the analogy with slavery. Just a few days ago … Continue reading

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The Church of England’s Gospel of Human Flourishing: Whatever Became of of Sin?

One of the centre-piece debates at the General Synod of the Church of England in July focused on the Christian imperative to pursue the ‘Common Good’. Early in the afternoon, Jim Wallis, President of Sojourners, gave a plenary address. His talk was … Continue reading

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Sexuality and the Politicisation of Science

Very shortly, in Dioceses across the Church of England, ‘Shared Conversations’ on the Church’s approach to sexuality will start to take place. To the best of my knowledge the topics to be discussed have yet to be decided.  We can be … Continue reading

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