Despite the horrors of conflicts like those in the Middle East and central Africa, or the outbreak of diseases like Ebola, we have made immense progress in building a safer, freer, more prosperous world. But it isn't yet a fair one, and not everyone has the opportunity to thrive.
Today at BP's AGM investors passed a resolution requiring the company to dramatically change its reporting to shareholders on climate change. This is the first time in the UK that a major group of institutional investors has filed a shareholder resolution on an environmental issue. It is the first time that such a resolution has been approved by a company's investors.
Could the message of Easter be that even from the worst loss in history, God can create a different kind of miraculous goodness, that transcends our childish need for simple victory? Isn't that the beauty of Christianity generally?
Justin Butcher's Devil's Passion is a welcome antidote to the dull and done to death, a light sandblasting for jaded souls. It's also a timely piece, casting Jesus in the role of extremist preacher, whose dangerous ideas have the potential to cause untold instability in the Middle East and here at home
The church is rightly finding its voice again, calling for example at this election time for a "fresh moral vision". A vision where people are paid a decent living wage for the work they do, where the vulnerable are cared for and respected. Where government institutions treat people as people not numbers on a balance sheet.
This Friday, Christian people around the world will commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Many will attend Church services and get together with their families to honour the most solemn day in their calendar.
We have a chance to make a tangible difference in the lives of people across the globe: people we might never meet, but who are as real as we are. After all, who wouldn't want all human beings to be able to thrive, study and become economically independent?
Climate change is, at its core, an issue of injustice. Those that are least responsible for creating the problem, are the ones who are suffering the most. Livelihoods are being destroyed, people are forced to leave their homes and extreme weather events make widows and orphans.
If the Dominican government begins to implement major deportations to Haiti, we will need to be ready to support the women, men and children displaced to a country where they do not belong.
There are millions of women around the world that are business owners-in-waiting. By breaking down the cultural barriers and being equipped with start-up resources they have the potential to take back power over their own lives and transform their community.
You can find chaplains in theatres, sport clubs, airports, shopping centres, even casinos. They are working to support some of the most vulnerable people in society.
Within Christianity, theologians have looked at the same collections of passages and come to different and sometimes opposite conclusions about what they mean.
While there has been deliberate targeting of minorities, including Christians and Yazidis, it is clear that acute need exists among people from all religious backgrounds. An estimated 2.2 million people have been displaced across Iraq in the last year and 5.2 million require humanitarian assistance.
Religious satire causes offence, but it is one person's right to express their view and another person's right to express that they are offended. Sadly, there are plenty of religious targets that are worth hitting - from paedophile priests to bloodthirsty imams to rogue rabbis.
What a sadness then that late in the evening someone showed me a headline in the Daily Mail saying that I had apologised for the RAF bombing the Nazis. No honest reading of what I said in the church and on the BBC afterwards could come anywhere near such an idea.
n Jordan, a moderate yet socially-conservative country and for long a beacon for religious co-existence in a turbulent region where intolerance and hate speech is on the rise, a Sharia court has allowed a minor to convert to Islam.