Jonty Langley is a former Baptist Times news columnist, former Consulting Editor for Christianity magazine and regular writer and pundit across UK Christian media. In his day job he oversees editorial content for a range of magazines and websites for a Christian mission agency working all over the world. The views expressed here are his own.
Theresa May made her latest speech as Minister for Irony today, as she invoked tolerance, freedom of speech and diversity while announcing that a future Conservative government would introduce anti-extremist laws that can only be described as, well, extreme.
The 'humblebrag' was a concept to which many were introduced last week. Primarily used in a social media context like Twitter or Facebook, it's a label applied to a boast cloaked in false humility or any supposedly innocuous statement intended to make the poster look good.
If torture is wrong, if kidnap is wrong, if imprisonment without trial and mistreatment are wrong, then how afraid we are at the time we allow those things only serves as an explanation, not an excuse.
When you can honestly say you love the toilets at a festival on day three, that festival is probably something special. I love the toilets at <a href="http://www.greenbelt.org.uk/" target="_hplink">Greenbelt</a>.
'It'd be ironic if you now started a Pray For Cameron movement,' a friend said to me recently. It shouldn't be, of course. I'm a Christian. Praying for the people we dislike is repeatedly commanded by Jesus.
In a lot of riots, I usually have sympathy with the rioters. I understand how this can be irritating, but, if the cause is just, the targets legitimate and the violence aimed at inanimate objects rather than people, while I may not do it myself, I can see where the anarchists/ environmentalists/ students/ ethnic underclass are coming from.
Many Christians have fallen for this oddly popular myth: that a system that recognises people won't willingly do the right thing by the poor and so finds structural means of redistributing wealth is somehow naïve.
I was hoping for murder, or at least adultery. Preferably deviant adultery. Sadly, when my friend said in church last week: 'I feel guilty', he was confessing nothing more than a day of being pampered at a luxury hotel: wonderful food, discrete but attentive service, beautiful surroundings. Luxury. 'And when we got home,' he said, 'there was the news about the East Africa famine.'
As a universal religion that potentially and at its best can be expressed within (and can simultaneously critique and subvert) any culture, Christianity, with its focus on the New Testament, should never place one race, one nation, one culture above another in any automatic way.
Our glorious leader, David Cameron, was in South Africa on Monday 18 July ̶ the birthday of the world's most famous convicted terrorist. The terrorist's name is Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first democratically elected President and former bomb-plotter.
<em>News of the World</em> may have hacked people's voicemail, but its real crime was the elevation of tawdry gossip to the status of news and the radical simplification of real news to the level of gossip.
15/07/2011 09:40 BST
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