Stories

Don’t give up

For those of us who pray the Eurovision Song Contest is a lesson in perseverance. Since the beginning of the century the UK have begun

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Seeing salvation

For decades Russia’s biggest annual parade was the November 7th celebration of the October Revolution. In 1935 one of the invited guests was a 71-year-old textile

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Making a difference

The British film Operation Mincemeat tells the incredible true story of perhaps the greatest deception of the Second World War. In 1943 the Allies were

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Rising from the dead

Drowning in debt and too proud to declare bankruptcy John Darwin decided there was only one thing left to do. He faked his own death

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A slap in the face

Once again, the Oscars ceremony in 2022 will be remembered for something that shouldn’t have happened. Presenter Chris Rock made a joke at the expense

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Something precious

My first mobile phone was a Phillips Savvy. It had an aerial poking out of the top, a tiny screen and could store up to

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Being held to account

If suffering is seen as the Achilles’ heel of Christianity, then justice poses a similar problem for atheism. Let me explain. Human beings have an

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A failure of humanity

In his first response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine the Pope tweeted, ‘War is a failure of humanity, a shameful capitulation, a stinging defeat

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False flags

As Vladimir Putin’s intentions towards Ukraine become ever clearer Russia has   been accused of false flag attacks. These are when an aggressor stages an attack on

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Birds have nests

Jesus once explained that while “foxes have holes and birds have nests” he didn’t have a bed to sleep in. Well foxes still have holes,

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Your servant

On 2nd April 1982 Argentina invaded the Falkland Islands, a British territory in the South Atlantic Ocean. Three days later the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington,

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The Power of Prayer

In December 1934 an American missionary in China was on the verge of giving up. Just twenty-one years old he was living in poverty and

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Talking with friends

Recent research reveals that the grunts, bellows, squeals and “wheeze honks” made by hippos are not meaningless noises but the language they use to communicate.

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Tell the truth

The British Government is currently trying to pass a controversial piece of legislation: the Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. In the latest instalment the

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Making a name

This week the Marble Arch Mound closed for the last time. Built to draw visitors back to a post-Covid London it never quite lived up

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New Year revolutions

I wonder how your New Year resolutions are going. As far as I can remember I’ve only ever made two. The first was when I

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I was not lost!

“I was not lost and did not need to be rescued.”  So said British adventurer Benedict Allen after being rescued from the jungle of Papua

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Thanksgiving

By the Spring of 1621 only half of the Pilgrims who had arrived aboard the Mayflower were still alive, and their chances of survival seemed

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Children in Need

Writing in the 2nd century the physician Soranos lists the features of a new born child that determine whether it should live.  Vigorous crying, sound limbs and

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Meeting face to face

COP26 has been billed as the last chance to make the decisions that will be necessary to prevent catastrophic climate change. From around the world

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