Christianity remains highly relevant in our politics

A recent poll for Holyrood magazine quizzed around a third of MSPs on their religious affiliation, and thoughts about faith within the political sphere. This snapshot of politicians’ views is fascinating. Just over half of the parliamentarians who responded cited a religious affiliation – 25 identified as Catholic, Protestant, Episcopalian, or simply as Christian. OneContinue reading “Christianity remains highly relevant in our politics”

God is not indifferent to the Middle East conflict

People across the world are in shock after witnessing a devastating escalation in violence in Israel and Palestine. On Saturday, reports emerged describing a large scale incursion into Israel by Hamas terrorists – catching Israeli security forces off guard. Videos on social media showed bloodied bodies, Israeli civilians pursued in the streets by gunmen, andContinue reading “God is not indifferent to the Middle East conflict”

Russell Brand, symptom of the sexual revolution

Russell Brand is the focus of countless media outlets after the publication of an explosive joint investigation by Channel 4 Dispatches and the Sunday Times alleging rape, sexual assaults, and abuse against four women. The incidents described are alleged to have taken place at the height of his fame, between 2006 and 2013, and oneContinue reading “Russell Brand, symptom of the sexual revolution”

The faithful must herald a better path than assisted suicide

Letter responding to Rabbi Jonathan Romain’s article in The Sunday Times. It is sad to see Rabbi Jonathan Romain adding his voice to the UK’s assisted suicide campaign. In his article he cites personal experience, limitations in end-of-life care, celebrity and political endorsement, and public opinion as reasons why people with a terminal diagnosis shouldContinue reading “The faithful must herald a better path than assisted suicide”

Easter offers hope to weary souls

There’s a saying in Scotland: ‘it’s a sair fecht’. Essentially, it means ‘life’s hard’. We use it when we’re feeling frustrated or worn out. And let’s face it: we all do, at times. Most of us travel through our days at lightspeed, rushing from work, to exercise, to family duties, to socialising, and collapsing inContinue reading “Easter offers hope to weary souls”

The peace we crave: 2022 reflection

The end of each year offers a chance for reflection and 2022 has certainly given us much to contemplate. At the start January, the UK was emerging from an unprecedented and very difficult pandemic period. Just as normal life was starting to resume, news broke of war in Europe – Putin’s army had invaded Ukraine.Continue reading “The peace we crave: 2022 reflection”

Saka: faith in the spotlight

It’s rare to find a Scotland fan cheering on an England player in any national sporting competition, let alone a World Cup where our own squad is sitting, dejectedly, at home. However, this Scot was doing exactly that this week. Not, I would hasten to add, because of English footballing prowess. I’ll be as FrenchContinue reading “Saka: faith in the spotlight”