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Posted 1 day 8 hours ago

Regular readers will know that I complained to Lancashire police this summer about their active participation in a PRIDE march. Although I respect the right of any group to go marching and sharing their ideas, I do object to police officers being anything other than impartial. A local inspector called me, but it was obvious he had nothing to do with the march, so I indicated that I wanted to hear from those directly responsible for the event. This was achieved, and my views were ‘noted’.

Posted 2 days 4 hours ago

Mrs Lorna Ashworth has said what many of us have known for years. The difference is, she has been in the best position to know it for real. She was an aide to the Archbishop of Canterbury, but has resigned, claiming the Church of England has now become ‘so liberal’ that it is ‘no longer anchored in the gospel’. She says that instead of talking about sin, heaven, hell, justice and judgement, the state church prefers to discuss social justice and little else.

Posted 3 days 2 hours ago

Below is one of my favourite videos. It shows a fox jumping on a bed. Why it’s in someone’s bedroom, I know not. It mistakes the white bedclothes for snow. After all, snow is white, the bed is white, so the bed must be covered in snow. The fox has applied logic, but it’s still wrong. I don't understand every aspect of the Bible, nor can I comprehend the mind of God. My opinions, though seemingly logical, are often formed by my ignorance and false assumptions.

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Donald Trump has caused another commotion: 

The Arab League called it "a dangerous measure that would have repercussions".

Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called it “conspiracy”.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the decision was "irresponsible."

Posted 1 week 3 hours ago

It would seem that the vicar of Barnoldswick, with fellow clerics, was tempted like Ahab by the pleasant looking land belonging to another:

Posted 1 week 1 day ago

A fortnight ago, I preached at Ainsdale Evangelical Church in leafy Southport. I don’t know it very well around there, but the map places it close-by the even leafier golf courses and mansions of Formby. My satnav led me across a single track lane, like a raised causeway across west Lancashire’s fertile plains, to get there. A pleasant journey it was, but the destination was even pleasanter.

Posted 1 week 1 day ago

By Paul Hayden

The Christian life is full of surprises. The biggest one of all is right at the beginning. On December 25th 1977, when I prayed, “God, if you exist, let me know,” I got the biggest surprise of my life when He actually answered, not by an audible voice, but by a quickening in my heart.

 John Wesley talked about his heart being “strangely warmed,” and I have heard many other testimonies from people to whom this has happened, and who least expected it at the time. Being transformed from darkness to light, is the biggest surprise you’re ever going to get.