I’m Feeling Sadness, Despair, and Grief

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work11 Comments

Last night I lost sleep over a situation unfolding in the world right now. I felt despair. It kept me awake and when I did fall asleep my dreams were troubled, picturing innocent people suffering. I feel sadness, despair, and am grieved for the people of Gaza. I also feel for my Christian brothers and sisters in Syria and Iraq … Read More

The Christian Art of War

Reverend Francis RitchieHumanitarian Work, Spiritual Disciplines1 Comment

The title of this post is an oxymoron. That said, the argument of ‘just war’ theory seems to have become all pervasive in how we Christians respond to conflict and war. In public discussions we tend to (and this has been my pursuit far too often) approach stories of armed conflict by trying to determine which side is more justified … Read More

Syria: Where is it Heading?

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Recent reports around Syria have focused on all the international groups now entering the fight and who they are siding with. Most reports are dividing the factions along simplistic lines of Sunni and Shi’ite. My understanding of Islam is limited so I don’t properly understand this divide and would appreciate any knowledgeable readers who would be happy to take the … Read More

Escalation In Syria Deepens the Humanitarian Crisis

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I heard someone say recently something along the lines of ‘if you think you know what’s going on in Syria, you don’t understand it.’ The whole thing is a mess and a report following a meeting of the ‘Friends of Syria’ (a group that doesn’t include the friends of the current Syrian government) demonstrates the mess clearly as do statements … Read More

Prelude to Military Intervention in Syria?

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The polls are showing the American people don’t want to be directly involved in the Syrian conflict in a military capacity. I’m guessing not many other countries want to be directly involved in such a way either. Both sides of the conflict are accusing the other of using chemical weapons. Obama seems to be walking a very careful path in terms … Read More

We’re a Bit Sanctimonious

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I was reading an article written on the internet yesterday by someone who was having a go at the stuff in the Old Testament of the Bible that they didn’t like and that gave them reason to therefore discredit the whole of Christianity and the Christian story of the divine. It went through the violence and seemingly inhumane laws – … Read More

Psalm 12: Cut Off Their Lips

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Psalm 12 is another of David’s Psalms steeped in his strong sense of justice. This one sets up liars in contrast to the words of God. God’s words are described as pure and valuable. David has no time for those he considers to be deceitful, boastful liars, but he takes it to a place that makes me feel ill. In … Read More