I first met Barry just after he’d become a Christian and got involved in the children’s ministry I headed up (…his first role was to play the part of “Smelly Elvis”!). Proud to see him go from strength to strength, or – more accurately – from weakness to strength; from brokenness to wholeness; from hopelessness to hopefulness; from debt to solvent; and from death to life.
Not a lot of people know that in the Russian revolution 100 years ago, one of Lenin’s key agendas was the abolition of the family.
He set about this in several ways: first he introduced “marriage equality” – making registered & unregistered marriages ‘equal’. (sound familiar?). Then he separated child rearing from marriage by removing the concept of illegitimacy and introducing abortion on demand (sound familiar?). The other significant step was “no fault divorce”. Basically, one party could say “I want a divorce” and it was granted. (I divorce thee, I divorce thee, I divorce thee … job done. Sound familiar?).
Of course, all these changes were justified on the grounds of compassion and liberation from the oppressive & outdated institution. Only cruel, old-fashioned people would oppose them.
The abolition of marriage in all but name had such devastating, catastrophic social effects that within one generation Stalin – yes, Stalin, of all people – decided he needed to completely reverse all of Lenin’s policies.
Of course, being students of history and being more enlightened our governments would never do anything so foolish. Who in their right mind would dream of enacting all these changes … in one fell swoop. See, surely that was Lenin’s mistake – doing it all at once! Much better to being about the abolition of the family incrementally.
Pretty much the only piece of Lenin’s ideology that hasn’t yet been introduced over the course of the past 2 generations in the UK is “no fault divorce”. But that is the governments’ latest proposal.
I know the topic of same-sex ‘marriage’ got a lot of us very exercised, but no-fault divorce is probably even more of a nail in the coffin for marriage. PLEASE RESPOND TO THE GOVERNMENTS CONSULTATION. There’s just 48 hours left to respond. There are some helpful guidelines here.
The best response to the whole #boris outrage – and pretty much any of the faux-outrages of the media and the thin-skinned, perpetually offended brigade.
Am I turning into a softy Southerner? I absolutely love this! Grateful for having daughters – exposes me to films I might never otherwise see.
Music is such an evocative gift from God. I even got something in my eye at a few points! Definitely a feel good film (… unlike the one I watched with the boys afterwards. More on that another day!)
The sign of an effective film for me is one that makes me want to go and find out more about the real characters afterwards. Look forward to doing some background reading on Mr PT Barnum.
Once again the polymath colossus that is @jordanbpeterson lays out with crystal clarity and forensic analysis everything that is wrong with regressive, far-left’s narrative of the world – everything from the gender pay gap, gender pronouns, masculinity v feminism et al. And for once, a fair and well conducted interview. Well done Maajid Nawaz (… though a shame that a professional broadcaster doesn’t know the importance of speaking into the microphone!)
Should be compulsory viewing for anyone age 10+. My children will all be watching it.
For my youngest, this still evokes wonderful memories of @nefyncamps. Calmed her during her fever tonight.
For me, a true song of worship : exalts Christ, humbles man. Expresses doctrine, not sentimentality.
Sometimes it’s hard to put emotions into words. Today was one of those days.
I had the opportunity to visit the church – and visitor centre – of Martin Luther King jnr. What an incredible, anointed & courageous servant of Christ.
There are so many profound words and stories that I could quote & reflect on. And I’ll definitely share more when I’m back home. But for today it’s enough to record that I went away truly humbled; moved to tears by many of the things I read & saw; knowing that I had been in the arena of the sublime. I guess it must be something like the experience people express after visiting the Holy Land, or even (inversely) when they visit Auschwitz.
For now I’m looking forward to reading the book of his sermons. The depth of his love & devotion to his saviour (and mine) is unmistakable. He may be known for his civil rights achievements, but he was first & foremost a servant of the Lord most high.