Friday, 14 August 2015

Why I Didn't Vote But Support Jeremy Corbyn

I did not vote in this years General Election.

Democracy has long since departed Britain and I refused to be part of a token system that does not represent true democracy. We now live in a plutocracy - a ruling class of wealthy people.

This is why I support Jeremy Corbyn.



Our political landscape currently is dominated by neoliberal politics. What this means is that the Market Rules, so 'free trade' is encouraged without restraint by government. Corporations can basically do what they like for 'growth' and profit.  It also means mass privatisation on all things, concentrating the wealth to the elite and already super-rich.  Added to this is the move away from community to individual responsibility that in turn brands people 'lazy' or 'scroungers'.

Thursday, 13 August 2015

Sermon at the Wedding of Jonny and Sarah Steele


‘Beloved, let us love one another, because love is from God; everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, for God is love. God’s love was revealed among us in this way: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins. Beloved, since God loved us so much, we also ought to love one another.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them. Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness on the day of judgment, because as he is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.’ I John 4

When looking around at the world we can all too easily have a sense of fear and dread. Wars and rumours of wars, violence and betrayal leaving us cold, in an emotional and spiritual winter with hope often buried deep in the frozen ground of fear.

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Without Why

One of the (many) problems facing evangelical Christianity today is that it has reduced itself to a sales pitch.

'The ontological fallacy of expecting a light at the end of the tunnel, well, that's what the preacher sells, same as a shrink. See, the preacher, he encourages your capacity for illusion. Then he tells you it's a...virtue. Always a buck to be had doing that, and it's such a desperate sense of entitlement, isn't it?'  Rust Cohle, True Detective


The preacher is there to sell you an illusion, a sense that you are the centre of the universe, that you are the reason for it all and that 'this' message, 'this' moment, 'this' Jesus will enable you to step into your god-given destiny to be a world changer.

Monday, 10 August 2015

The NHS Crisis Team Saved My Life

My identical twin brother writes regularly about his depression. He has a new article over on Huffington Post about something that happened to him recently,
'I received a phone call from Colchester's Crisis Team and another lovely lady helped me as I grappled with dark thoughts. When our call finished I managed to sleep with an awareness that I could face another day. I wasn't suddenly 'better' but I was able to cope. I do not believe it sensationalist to write the NHS saved my life that night. They were willing to talk and listen to a sobbing mess, late at night, with only care and compassion.