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4 Ways My Life Has Been Shaped By John Stott

John Stott was born on 27th April 1921, meaning today would have been his 100th birthday. John Stott is without doubt one of the most important and influential Christian leaders of the 20th Century. In 2005, Time magazine named him among the 100 most influential people in the world and in 2006, he was appointed a CBE in the New Year Honours list…

Church Abuse Scandals: Can We Learn from the Medical Profession?

In that last few years, the evangelical church has been rocked by a series of appalling abuse scandals. The latest news centres around the 146-page independent report published yesterday, which details the repeated abuse committed by former Vicar of Emmanuel Church Wimbledon Jonathan Fletcher. The report describes how Fletcher repeatedly used psychological and spiritual manipulation to abuse young men under his pastoral care, leading to “coercion and control, bullying,… naked massages and saunas, forfeits including smacking with a gym shoe, and ice baths… One participant reported that JF told him to perform a sex act in front of him and when he did not, JF performed the act instead.”

How Should We Respond to Anti-Asian Racism?

I’m a second-generation immigrant. I’m ethnically Chinese, and my parents both emigrated from Singapore initially for university. I spent the first half of my childhood in a relatively white area of Scotland (Glasgow) and the second half in a relatively Indian area of England (Leicestershire). Of course this meant in both places I was very much in the ethnic minority. Other than my immediate family, I only had a handful of Chinese friends, and elsewhere in society, I saw very few influential figures in the media, or in education, or on TV, who looked like me…

Harry and Meghan: Do We Have to be “For” or “Against”?

I can’t remember that last time it seemed like the whole world was talking about a single TV programme. But of course, last night there was only one thing to watch, with 11.1 million people in UK tuning in to view Oprah’s “bombshell” interview with Harry and Meghan on ITV (even though the programme had already aired on CBS in the United States, and so most of us in the UK knew what was coming). The interview was brimming with jaw-dropping, headline-grabbing revelations, and made my Twitter feed go into melt-down, despite Meghan claiming “I wasn’t planning on saying anything shocking”...

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Depression and Christianity

In the UK, 1 in 4 people suffer from a mental illness, of which the most common mental disorder is mixed anxiety and depression. Between 8 and 12% of the population experience depression in any one year, and suicide remains the single most common cause of death in men under the age of 35…

Is There Evidence for Easter?

For most people in the UK, Easter means bank holidays, exam revision and buying overpriced chocolate for kids. For Christians, all those are probably true as well. But of course, Christians see Easter as a time to commemorate the most important event in the bible- the death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth in Israel, AD 33…

Can We Trust the Gospels?

The gospels are the first four books of the New Testament in the Bible, and claim to be the accounts of Jesus’ life on Earth. Matthew and John are said to have been written by two of Jesus’ disciples, and Mark and Luke are said to have been written by disciples of Peter and Paul respectively. So are the gospels credible accounts of history?