Is it enough to be do-gooders?

It was tipping it down. The car park was awash and I was carting a couple of bags of fertiliser for the roses. Not ideal … and it was my birthday! I approached our car and overheard one end of a phone conversation: “Well dear, she's obviously in need of real help, so why doesn't she make contact with a local church? After all, that's what the Church is for !” Her car was on the move as I heaved the bags into the boot.


It is good to hear His Voice, but even better to know His presence

As we approach the fnal lap in these latter days, are we fully prepared to endure until the finish line?

It’s not what we are ... it’s what we do!

His name was Sullivan. Louis Henry Sullivan. He was born in 1856 in Boston, Massachusetts and died in Chicago in 1924. He is regarded as the father of modern American architecture. Skyscrapers were his thing. Louis Sullivan became famous for the pithy phrase, “form ever follows function”. He had tapped into a principle of design that is basic to everything. It is a fact of life that speaks volumes to Christians. Or, it should!

“If the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?”(1 Corinthians 14:8) 

Childhood is meant to be the best time of our lives. To an increasing number it can be the very worst 

The womb is meant to be a place of safety and nurturing. It has become a battlefield like no other. 

If someone had told you 10 years ago that it would soon become tantamount to a speechcrime to say ‘Men cannot get pregnant’, you would have thought them mad. That would be like punishing someone for saying, ‘Humans need oxygen to survive’. And yet here we are, in 2017, where PC has spun so violently out of control, and the cult of gender-neutrality has become so unwieldy, that one of the most controversial things you can say these days is: ‘Only women can get pregnant.’ Apparently that’s offensive to transmen (women who identify as men). ‘Men can get pregnant, too’, trans activists cry. Which strikes me as a real-life version of ‘2 + 2 = 5’.

It isn’t only the usual suspects who want us to stop treating pregnancy as a woman thing. Yesterday the Sunday Times reported that in its submission on proposed amendments to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Foreign Office suggested the term ‘pregnant women’ might be offensive to ‘transgender people who have given birth’. The covenant, a UN treaty, says society must protect ‘pregnant women’ and never subject them to the death penalty. The Foreign Office wondered if ‘pregnant people’ might be a preferable term, to avoid offending the infinitesimally small number of women who identify as men who have given birth.

Here is an abridgment of Gustav Dalman's "The Words of Jesus in the Light of Post-Biblical Jewish Writings and the Aramaic Language".

Are we in danger of repeating mistakes that have had tragic consequences?