Saturday, 2 July 2016

SORRY?

Some good thoughts from Kevin de Young on the fashionable notion of corporate apologies.

Worth a read, and he links to a perhaps even better treatment of the subject by Theodore Dalrymple.

"The habit of public apology for things for which one bears no personal responsibility changes the whole concept of a virtuous person, from one who exercises the discipline of virtue to one who expresses correct sentiment. The most virtuous person of all is he who expresses it loudest and to most people. This is a debasement of morality, not a refinement of it. The end result is likely to be self-satisfaction and ruthlessness accompanied by unctuous moralizing, rather than a determination to behave well."

Dalrymple is describing precisely the kind of self-righteous agonisings displayed by the Pharisees in the Gospels & fiercely denounced by Jesus.

Unfotunately it is also seen today in abundance both in politics & on social media where moral hand-wringing & "virtue-signalling" are done for all the world to see. 

Christian, take note: Jesus was not impressed. 

"WE ARE HERE..."


On the streets of London, Glasgow, Manchester, and so many other places across the UK they suddenly appeared

They moved amidst the shoppers who continued bustling in & out of the air-conditioned shops with their ubiquitous smart-phones pinned to their ear.

They marched beside the rushing traffic or else just stood around, seemingly oblivious to all of the frantic busyness of the 21st Century High Street around them. 

Saturday, 25 June 2016

BREATHE THE FREE AIR AGAIN!

Strangely a few lines from one of my favourite books keep coming to mind this weekend

It is not so dark here,’ said Théoden.
‘No,’ said Gandalf. ‘Nor does age lie so heavily on your shoulders as some would have you think. Cast aside your prop!’
From the king’s hand the black staff fell clattering on the stones. He drew himself up, slowly, as a man that is stiff from long bending over some dull toil. Now tall and straight he stood, and his eyes were blue as he looked into the opening sky.
‘Dark have been my dreams of late,’ he said, ‘but I feel as one new-awakened."

                                                                                            The Two Towers J.R.R Tolkien

Monday, 20 June 2016

AN OPEN DOOR?



                                           
 
I’ve been struck recently by the number of Christians stating that they are either undecided about the coming EU Referendum or else are opting for Remain.

 Not that the numbers of such I am encountering is large but it is still surprising that there are any at all since I have always taken it as a given that Evangelicals in this country were opposed to the EU on many grounds.

One thing that is strikingly absent from the argumentation I hear from these Christian “inners” is any reference to biblical or spiritual matters, as though this were just another socio-economic issue like any other. Do we think that there are no spiritual issues involved here?

Wednesday, 1 June 2016

JESUS WOULD HAVE SHOT THE GORILLA


OK so probably not.

More likely He would just have performed a miracle that would have saved them both, but at least it got your attention.

 Many folks are getting themselves into a lather over the fate of Harambe the gorilla who was shot dead at Cincinnati Zoo earlier this week in order to save the life of a four-year-old boy who had somehow found his way into the animal's enclosure. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

SMALL ACTS OF COWARDICE

I think that this is one of the most important things that I have ever read concerning the state of our society.



Wednesday, 4 May 2016

NO HEADLINES



“While millions were watching with thumping hearts, American scientists hurled a man into space in May of this year. The same day thousands of souls were launched into a Christless eternity and are in orbit forever in the regions of the damned. Few hearts thumped over their eternal misery; no banner headlines of the press screamed of the eternal woe of those who can never again pass this way.”

                                                                      Leonard Ravenhill Why Revival Tarries