QUESTION: Whose Lives Matter?

There has been a lot of publicity about the value placed on human life. But is it only blacks who suffer at the hands of whites? Indeed, as a white man who has been a recipient of black prejudice, I ask, “Are things really that clear cut?” Don’t all lives matter?...

QUESTION: Abuse in Sport

Racial abuse in sport receives a lot of press. But how do you distinguish between a deliberate racial slur and an ill-conceived (and thoughtless) attempt to put someone off their game? After all, aren’t questions about the legitimacy of someone’s birth also raised at...

SERMON: Breaking the Christmas Cycle

Luke 1:26-38A. ADVERTISING CHRISTMAS1. Modern ChristmasWhenever there is a special event, these days, we seem to get plenty of warning. Whether it’s Mothers’ Day, an annual festival, or even a new TV programme, it seems that for at least two months before hand we’re...

SERMON: Reality T.V.

Genesis 1:27-28; 1 Corinthians 6:19; Psalm 139:1-4A. INTRODUCTIONOne of the great fads of television these days is “Reality T.V.” And it comes from a long line of development, including soap operas—which pretend to portray everyday life—to viewing bits of home...

OPINION: The Structure of the Modern Church

Arguments over the structure of the church continues to be an issue in the church today. Indeed, should decision-making be made solely by the local congregation or is a hierarchical model more appropriate? Of course, each structure has its merits—a congregational...