I notice a host of articles and book titles about Self Improvement. They generally assume that faith is irrelevant, as if those ancient concepts of sin, grace and atonement are irrelevant. Or, some would say, harmful.
I believe Jesus teaches us a great deal about self-improvement, but that you have to stop trying!! A point totally missed by Philip Pullman’s Magisterium in His Dark Materials. Have a read and see what you think!
In contrast to the miserable outcomes from COP27, the UN’s Biodiversity Conference last month (COP15) fared much better. Or rather, the planet may do so. I feel it’s important to appreciate good news in that it spurs us on in our own quests to become sustainable.
By all accounts, the World Leaders at COP27 failed to deliver any new commitments to address climate change. The chance to restrict global warming to 1.5 degC has all but gone.
Have I lost hope? If hope’s based on optimism in humans’ ability to save ourselves, then it’s slipping away. True hope needs to be anchored in something deeper. There we CAN find grounds for hope.
Will enjoying nature soon become a thing of the past? Many people are attending the COP27 summit because they want to conserve nature. More than this – to preserve humanity itself! Yet, as Antonio Guterres said, we’re still speeding down a highway to hell with our foot on the accelerator…
A challenging conversation in a pub left me wondering, is there any reason not to despair?
A new chancellor with a track record of listening to experts and seeking advice…Can we hope for wisdom in managing our nation’s finances? I pray that this will be the case, whether it comes through Jeremy Hunt or, later, with a Labour government.
Do some human activities have to be hell on earth? This spy novel portrays a man-made hell-hole, with not one chink of light about it.
As I read it on holiday, the world of Slow Horses seemed light years away from that of Jesus. Then I took a closer look…
Should Good Friday be called Bad Friday, on a day that represents such intense suffering? Especially as our news headlines are filled with tragedy, horror, atrocities and woe?
I’m itching to share some thoughts that have recently fallen into place,