In the 'United Kingdom' it is our political inheritance which is defining how we see God and the place of the church, rather than a vision of the kingdom of God which is shaping our politics, says Tom Hurcombe. The vision of Jesus and monarchical assumptions are fundamentally antagonistic.
The carnage in Mumbai in which gunmen have killed over a hundred people, injured many more and taken hostages, has shocked the world. It has thrown a spotlight on religious extremism of various kinds, writes Savi Hensman.
It is far too easy to dismiss as ‘naïve’ the latest calls to consider an amnesty for unregistered migrants, says Vaughan Jones. It is current policies which are avoiding the facts, lacking humanity and missing the point.
How strange that the Church of England tries to justify Establishment on biblical grounds, says leading biblical scholar Chris Rowland, when the prophetic tradition and Jesus point in such a different direction.
Gulu in northern Uganda looks as peaceful as any small African town, writes Fredrick Nzwili. However, its inhabitants now have to come to terms with the terrible crimes that were committed here during 22 years of civil war.
President-elect Obama is being deluged with well-meaning advice, says Middle East expert Michael Marten. Maybe we expect too much, but taking a realistic look at how he might handle various conflicts in the region remains important.
You cannot defend the church by being defensive and going on the warpath, says Giles Fraser. We can only find freedom from the ego's ever narrowing obsessions by placing our centre of interest outside of ourselves.
For black people, the expectations, responsibilities and possibilities symbolised by Barack Obama is is almost more than the heart can bear, says Alive Walker. The president elect should cherish personal happiness and find new political ways of handling enemies, she suggests.
James Bond may be fantasy, but according to an army expert our media replicate many of the psychological techniques used by the military to overcome our resistance to killing, says Giles Fraser. No wonder the murder rate is rising among the young.