Should the UK take military action against ISIL in Syria?

ISIS.jpgOur Members of Parliament face a difficult decision. They will be asked to approve the extension of the UK’s military action against ISIL to Syria. This will mean the UK would be a fully functioning member of the military coalition against ISIL, where at the moment it only operates in Iraq. The terrorist atrocities in Paris, Beirut, Egypt, and elsewhere, together with the refugee crisis, have refocused attention on the war waging in Syria.

What should MPs decide? What should we make of the Number 10 briefing? Can the Just War tradition help? The government itself still has work to do.

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My Political Journey

Prior to being saved I was involved with socialist politics.  At the age of 20 I got involved in the Socialist Workers Party, I was a part time student and in the mid 1980’s students were very politicised and I had plenty of time to get very involved in the party  including having leading roles within the organisation.

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What Would Jesus say about the Tax Credits Debate?

 

Well what I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t say is, “Constitutional crisis! How dare the House of Lords oppose the elected government!”

 

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Mental Health - Thoughts from a GP

mental_health_(2).jpgAs Christians, we need to do more in relation to mental health. 

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Book Review - Replenish by Lance Witt

I was given this book as a gift in January 2014. It was a book that everyone seemed to be talking about, so I  read it and enjoyed it, I found it interesting however I couldn’t at that time relate it to my own life, it didn’t seem to be relevant. As time went on it became more and more relevant and I began to keep going back to it, and re reading chapters.

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Jeremy Corbyn, Demon or Messiah? - He's neither but this is why as a Christian I voted for him

I was not originally going to vote for Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. I was going to vote for Andy Burnham. A much safer bet I thought.  Jeremy was just the wrong type of leader , who couldn't possibly win a general election. He was too old, too scruffy, hadn’t gone to the right university and had the wrong track record as a rebel rather than a front bencher. Most of all he was too extreme and controversial. On Facebook I publicly endorsed this widely shared view of Jeremy Corbyn. Yet when I thought and prayed about it I realised I'd been looking at it all the wrong way. (An examination inspired ironically by a sermon by my Tory-supporting Pastor!) It was when I tried to look at it from God’s perspective, a biblical perspective, that I had my Damascus road type conversion. I realised to my surprise that Jeremy was the right choice, because he was the one who best fits what God requires of a leader (and indeed of all of us): “and what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly with your God. Micah 6 v 8

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Thoughts on Corbyn's First Weeks as Leader

Christians on the Left Member Jeremy Horton shares his thoughts on the new Labour Party leader.

Whatever you may think of Jeremy Corbyn  (views range from political Messiah to dangerous crackpot and every shade in between), you can’t help but be impressed at what he pulled off. It’s the “upside-downness” of it all that particularly tickles me. A scruffily dressed OAP, a veteran left wing rebel and career protest politician. The only thing fashionable about him is his beard and that’s only by accident. How did he gate-crash the Labour leadership election? He only threw his hat into the ring because his left-wing friends threw it in there for him- "go on Jeremy it’s your turn". He scrapped onto the ballot paper with minutes to go, after a few MPs reluctantly lent him their nominations . He was then only supposed to be in it to make up the numbers, make it look more democratic. Just a bit of stage left scenery (opposite Liz Kendall's stage right) on a stage set up for the two real candidates; the younger, prettier candidates, the solid, safe, centrist/soft left candidates, Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham. 

Only it seems Jeremy hadn't read the script. Instead of sticking to his lines, he performed an entirely different play all of his own.

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Book Review - God on Mute by Pete Greig

God on mute is a book about unanswered prayer; I began to read it reluctantly because I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read about unanswered prayer, I would much rather read uplifting stories of miracles and amazing answers to prayer.   I like to think that God answers prayer not that he might not, or appear not to.

Despite my heart not been in it, the book is very well written, and I was engaged very quickly with the author’s style of writing and began to understand and even enjoy the book. I loved how he broke the book into sections, and related to Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday; it reminded me of my favourite song at Easter its Friday but Sunday’s coming.

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The recent Refugee and Migrant situation

serbia-migrant-2.jpgAs you will be aware, Europe and the Middle East has been hit by a refugee crisis, with hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes from troubled lands.  The question is why should we do anything about it? 

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CSW launches the ‘Freedom of Religion or Belief Parliamentary toolkit’

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Freedom of speech is a Human Right, yet one that is constantly infringed.  

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