There is something genuine about Barack Obama's desire to bring governance and people closer together, says Simon Barrow. This is an approach we need to emulate in Britain, where cynicism is eroding social hope.
What we see in Gaza is the abyss of violence, says Simon Barrow. Limiting retribution is important, but in the longer run only active, nonviolent love can challenge the destructive politics of vengeance.
The issues in the Damian Green saga are significant and should be monitored closely, says Simon Barrow. But the hysteria surrounding them tells us we are losing proportion and far greater injustices may be happening under our noses.
The political instinct is to react, and sometimes to overreact to cultural blips as well as big issues. Simon Barrow suggests that we might all need to lighten up to regain a deeper sense of perspective.
The biblical theme of judgement confronts us with some tough issues, says Simon Barrow. But rightly understood it is about liberation not vindictiveness, and a reorientation which is economic as much as spiritual, political as much as religious.
Today is Remembrance Day. But what is ‘remembering’ in human and Christian terms, asks Simon Barrow? How can we probe beneath the emotion and ceremony in order to discover (and practice) something life-affirming as we recall the tragedy of war?
Measuring the number of times politicians mention or don't mention God misses the point, says Simon Barrow. The issue is whether the subversive language of the Gospel can challenge top-down religious and political systems.
The current global economic crisis is not just a squeeze on lenders, borrowers and spenders. It also crunch time for the politicians and for the Christian churches, says Simon Barrow. Now is a time to be investing in practical alternatives.