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Covid-19. Locked down, but not locked out?

  As I and many others have observed, Covid-19 lockdown has done what two world wars, the plague of 1665 and the Black Death failed to do, namely, locked us out of our church buildings. But churches have been quick to ‘reinvent themselves’. In a matter of weeks, church has

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Covid-19. Hidden agenda & conspiracy theories

Following comments in the article, ‘Covid-19. What are the ‘prophets’ saying?‘, here are some further reflections on ‘hidden agenda and conspiracy theories’. As I pointed out in that article, allegations, theories and ‘exposés’ of conspiracies are by no means an exclusively Christian phenomenon. But Christian commentators and ‘prophets’ are among

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Covid-19. What are the ‘prophets’ saying? [updated]

[This is a much updated version of the article published originally in April, so I am republishing it.] Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets (Amos 3:7). For who has stood in the counsel of the LORD, and has perceived and

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Covid-19. The Matrix Uploaded!

  We have all been uploaded to the Matrix! Given the enduring symbolic and didactic popularity of the Matrix, including among Christian thinkers and writers,1)The Matrix incorporates and explores many religious and philosophical themes through its symbols, allusions and story line, and has been heavily analysed, deconstructed and reconstructed, especially

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Covid-19. Is there any word from the Lord?

  This was the question King Zedekiah asked the prophet Jeremiah when their nation was in profound crisis (Jeremiah 37:17). And it is surely also a question many are asking in our present crisis. Jeremiah’s answer to Zedekiah and to the other political leaders was not a comforting one (Jeremiah

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The Benedict Option

The Benedict Option

The ‘Benedict Option’ is an idea, a book and a movement, which has attracted great interest in the USA, and beyond, in the last couple of years. It is the brainchild of Rod Dreher, an American journalist and author. Much of it is familiar. Its core argument is that, in post-Christendom,

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