How the rest of the world can help America end gun violence

How the rest of the world can help America end gun violence

I'm a Brit, and spent two years living in the USA, returning in 2016, and am due to live there again from this summer. Since getting back from Virginia, most people I meet here have wanted to know two things: why did they elect Trump (read Paul Theroux's Deep South for some answers to that … Continue reading How the rest of the world can help America end gun violence

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Praying with Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, Ignatian Prayer and Reviewing the Day

How to pray | Anna Karenina | Praying with Tolstoy

This quote is from "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy. As explained in an earlier post, I am reading Tolstoy because he describes the human condition so well. Today at church I taught on Ignatian prayer; a copy of the handout I compiled, summarising what I said, is available here. A key part of the Ignatian … Continue reading Praying with Anna Karenina: Tolstoy, Ignatian Prayer and Reviewing the Day

It’s difficult to know what to pray for North Korea

Numerous chimneys in an industrial area of North Korea

This afternoon, among others, I have read two articles that worry me.  The one that frightens me the most is this article by Eliot Cohen, entitled 'Waiting for the Bomb to Drop'.  In actual fact, the title doesn't give a very good sense of what the piece is about, basically Cohen argues that Donald Trump … Continue reading It’s difficult to know what to pray for North Korea

Reflections and questions on Job 14: When God feels close but suffering continues

Here's the text. In this chapter Job is tormented because it appears that he knows God is very close to him, and keeping a watchful eye on him (v3), but still Job's suffering continues. God's presence doesn't bring comfort, instead He wants God to leave him alone so he can die in relative peace. Job … Continue reading Reflections and questions on Job 14: When God feels close but suffering continues

After Boko Haram – A photo story on the Nigerian women and girls returning from captivity | Women’s eNews

The link below is to extremely moving stories and photos of women who have suffered at the hands of Boko Horam in Nigeria.  They need love, restoration, reconciliation and a lot of prayer.  It is hard to know how I can help from my comfortable bubble in England, other than to pray and also urge … Continue reading After Boko Haram – A photo story on the Nigerian women and girls returning from captivity | Women’s eNews

International Widows Day – pray for Nepal

Today is International Widows Day.  The charity I run, Women Without Roofs, in Nepal would really appreciate your prayers for the many widows we support.  Not all widows are old, some have lost their husbands due to illness and accidents while they were young.  These women face a huge challenge as they struggle on their … Continue reading International Widows Day – pray for Nepal