Over recent weekends, we have witnessed violent protests as the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement responds to the tragic and indefensible death of George Floyd in the US. As the fallout spills into the UK, last weekend’s protests were met with counter-protests this weekend which also ended in violence; a situation made worse by the unqualified endorsement of BLM by most of the mainstream media. The sight of the UK police ‘taking the knee’ before BLM protesters and the defacing of symbols of British history has added to the sense of unease and polarised an already volatile situation.
Although we unequivocally support the notion that black lives matter, we fear… Continue reading
Do you dread conversations with Jehovah’s Witnesses? They are well trained with prepared responses to common questions we ask around Jesus’ deity, the Holy Spirit, the Trinity, and others. This can be frustrating so it’s important we prepare too so we can ask questions that will challenge a Jehovah’s Witness.
We don’t want to spend hours in discussions and it’s highly unlikely any JW will change their beliefs on your doorstep. The main aim is to get them thinking or ‘putting a stone in their shoe’. Below are a couple of simple tactics to get your visitors thinking.
You can get into many topics with Jehovah Witnesses, but the most… Continue reading
There is an increasing trend of events being cancelled or refused bookings by venue hosts because of the nature of the activity intended. This is part of a trend known as ‘cancel culture’. On the face of it, this seems reasonable, but it has led to difficulty for organizations that seek to promote events that uphold Biblical values. For example, the American evangelist Franklin Graham (eldest son of Billy Graham) had a number of meetings cancelled earlier this year in this country because the venue refused to fulfil the booking after be subjected to pressure from lobby groups. LGBT event organisers have boycotted a venue in Blackpool that had accepted… Continue reading
One of the recommendations in the fight against COVID-19 is to use cashless payments. It makes sense as exchanging notes and coins can help spread the virus, so reducing the contact reduces the spread. One future event that the Bible prophesies is a One World Government where there will be a system in place to control people’s spending, and maybe, the current coronavirus pandemic is pushing us towards a cashless society, and this future world government in a subtle way.
Becoming cashless is nothing new. Sweden has been moving cashless for many years now with many other countries already heading this way before the pandemic hit. Predictions have Britain on… Continue reading
Although the vast majority of churches (along with most of society) have remained compliant with Covid-19 restrictions throughout the pandemic, there are signs of frustration within some church circles who suggest the church is being treated unfairly as restrictions are eased.
On the extreme end of the spectrum (in the US), a number of churches have sought litigation against local authorities citing breaches of ‘freedom of religion’ and protesting that the ‘government does not get to dictate the method of worship of the faithful’.
Fortunately, we are not aware of this provocative approach in the UK. However, there are indications that churches this side of the pond are considering some… Continue reading
Friday was VE Day which marked 75 years since the formal end of World War 2 in Europe. When we look at the horrific impact of WW2 – 60-80 million people died, 6 million of those were Jews – it’s hard to see any positives. Currently, we’re in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic where so far over 255,000 have died worldwide. Whatever events we see in the world around us it’s important to put our trust in God as we can easily let world events distract us from our creator. God’s plans will not be stopped as we see the stage being set for the coming King.… Continue reading
In the UK, we are now many weeks into the lockdown and we get the sense that the gradual easing of the restrictions is not too far away. With the benefit of time, we are now far enough into the pandemic to begin to tentatively answer some questions we have heard in Christian circles – questions like is Covid-19 is an act of God? So, let’s cautiously unpack the answers to some of the questions that are common within the church landscape.
Is Covid-19 an Act of God?
The answer to this is ‘yes’ and ‘no’ but mostly ‘no’ given the way the question is usually framed. In a very… Continue reading