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Politics/Losing our words and finding our voice

From imagining a “special place in Hell” for Brexiteers to celebrating a great Brexodus, great biblical themes of salvation and deliverance are being mined for slogans. Even the words of our Lord Jesus, “Forgive them, for they know not what they do”, have been used as a political rallying cry. Our…

18 November 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Two steps forward, one step back? Asylum and religious freedom

Following the Home Office’s refusal of asylum to an Iranian Christian convert, our country’s response to those fleeing persecution for their faith is again under scrutiny. As the discussion continues, we look at the progress we’ve made on this in the past, and how we can still improve. According to…

28 March 2019
John Coleby

Theology/Missing God at Christmas

For example, nativity plays generally don’t depict all the denizens of Bethlehem who go to sleep, wake up and go about their business, completely ignoring the nativity taking place three doors down. And yet, surely part of the story is those who missed it: “He was in the world, and the world came…

19 December 2019
John Coleby

Politics/The Queen’s Speech: What’s there, what’s not and why it matters

A major focus for the speech was the criminal justice system. Legislation was promised that will lengthen prison sentences and introduce measures to improve conditions in prisons and support ex-offenders. As many churches commemorate Prisons Week, it will be important for Christian organisations…

18 October 2019
John Coleby

Society/Breaking down barriers

But, what if someone cannot access courts or advice and the protection they may offer? In this case, access to justice becomes as much an issue as the laws themselves. Bearing this in mind, how have Christians, children of a just God, approached this issue of access to justice and the problems…

29 August 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Is muscular liberalism on steroids?

‘Muscular liberalism’ is a phrase which has prompted some discussion in recent weeks. Framed as the opposite of weak and passive multiculturalism, the term rose to prominence under David Cameron, who said in a 2011 speech: “Frankly, we need a lot less of the passive tolerance of recent years and a…

15 March 2018
John Coleby

Politics/Voting for the voiceless

The Bible commands us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute” (Proverbs 31:8). As we prepare to cast our vote we should remember these groups in particular.

9 December 2019
John Coleby

Politics/New government envoy appointed for freedom of religion and belief

Speaking about his appointment last month, Mr Chishti said: “I am delighted to have been appointed as the PM’s Special Envoy. I have championed freedom of religion and belief for much of my life. I shall use the UK Government’s global network to take real action to support those persecuted for…

3 October 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Syria, hope and forgiveness

The Independent reports that at least 30 British children are living with their mothers in refugee camps in northern Syria, often in poor conditions. The Government’s decision follows controversy around Shamima Begum, which I wrote about here This fresh decision has reopened the debate. No one…

15 August 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Free to disagree

So, as we explore freedom in this edition, and I, more specifically, consider freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, I’d like us to revisit this hot topic and think about how discussion of these values has informed policy in the past few years, where these discussions might be going wrong,…

1 July 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Heading to the hills?

After a frenzied campaigning period, polling day itself is rather strange. Generally, electoral rules prohibit broadcasters and other media outlets from reporting on an election campaign or predictions until the polls close. Our plethora of political pundits, who are used to making predictions and…

23 May 2019
John Coleby

Society/Love and justice after terror

Now, with the movement largely defeated, Begum was discovered by a Times journalist in a refugee camp, pregnant with her third child (having lost two other children during her time in Syria). In an interview with Anthony Lloyd, she said that she wanted to return to the UK. On Tuesday it was…

21 February 2019
John Coleby

Politics/Civil society and the church: have your say

Civil society is a broad term, and is described in the consultation as ‘all those outside of the public sector, who share the mission of building a stronger society and improving lives.’ In the UK, the Christian church is right at the heart of this mission. Tracey Crouch, the minister for civil…

19 April 2018
John Coleby

Prayer/Prayer amid political disagreement

Some would say that the road to unity is apathy; if our political, or indeed theological, differences are trivial, then working together is easy. But this is an unreal response to the real world: cheap unity like cheap grace. Significant political decisions have a real impact, particularly on the…

14 February 2019
John Coleby

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