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.
The geopolitical dynamics and instability in the Middle East makes that region an important element of any US president’s foreign policy, says Timothy Seidel. But the major parties are still trading in stereotypes, not solutions.
The current global financial crisis is a spiritual one with usury at its heart, argues political economist Ann Pettifor. In spite of the Gospel message, Christians have also colluded in idolising wealth above people and planet.
Much contemporary human rights discourse is individualistic. But, Savi Hensman points out, human beings are also shaped by economic, social, cultural and religious forces which work for justice - or against it.
The current economic crash is producing cries of pain, calls for "self-healing" and questions with a distinctly theological resonance, says Martin E. Marty. But do we really get the need to, er, repent?
Those who defend discriminatory practices for faith schools are losing the argument on principle, in terms of community cohesion and on the research evidence about standards, says Andrew Copson. Let's open schooling up for all.
There is much talk from some quarters about “reconciliation” after the Scottish independence referendum, and the need for politicians to move the country forward, says Dr Michael Marten. But the way this is framed misses several important points about participatory democracy, very the real divide between the powerful and the disenfranchised, and differences between governors and governed.
Joseph Stalin once asked an advisor rather perfunctorily, “How many divisions does the Pope have?” Dr Harry Hagopian, Middle East commentator and Ekklesia associate reminds us. Christians are part of the Middle East and North Africa region and their strength need not lie in their physical might alone, he suggests, surveying the implications of some recent interventions.