The Word on the Week
July 24, 2021

Tokyo Olympic Games

Tokyo Olympic Games              Word on the Week          24th July 2021. The Olympic Games got off to a stuttering start this week.    Having been cancelled totally last year, due to the Covid pandemic, the Emperor was firm in his resolve that the games must go on! This decision flew in the face of the will […]

July 17, 2021

The Demise of Morality

The Demise of Morality              Word on the Week             17th July 2021. The tide of immorality shows no signs of turning.   Fed by an openness to tell their stories the media delivers detailed accounts that become ever more explicit.   What yesterday was frowned upon, today is accepted and tomorrow we can expect restraints […]

July 10, 2021

Angela Merkel Retires

Angela Merkel Retires               Word on the Week                    10th July 2021. The retirement of Angela Merkel, after 16 years as Chancellor of Germany, was hailed by the population applauding throughout the land for six minutes.   Such was the popularity of this remarkable leader. Angela came from East Germany.   Her father, a Lutheran Pastor, had moved […]

July 3, 2021

John Stott Remembered

John Stott Remembered           Word on the Week          3rd July 2021. A decade has passed since Stott died.   His influence on evangelicals over the last century was enormous.   He remained within the Church of England and was based at All Souls Church, Langham Place, London.   From there he was able to carry on a global ministry […]

June 26, 2021

Gender Distress

Gender Distress              Word on the Week          26th June 2021. We were reminiscing this week about some of the characters we have known and the peculiarities that marked them out from others.   The conversation turned to one called Peter (not his real name) who had […]

June 19, 2021


Conversations                            Word on the Week                    19th June 2021. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation of the world’s seven largest so-called advanced economies. They are Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the United States. Included, by invitation, is the EU.   They met, last weekend, in the Carbis Bay Hotel near St […]

June 12, 2021

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs   Word on the Week   12th June 2021. Christians sing!   The singing may not always be very musical but since it comes as an expression of the heart it will express profound feelings.   The King James version of the Bible translates Psalm 100 ‘Make a joyful noise unto the Lord’!   It […]

June 5, 2021

60 On the Clock

60 On the Clock               Word on the Week                    5th June 2021. Anniversaries inexorably arrive!   They take their subjects somewhat by surprise.   Certain of them are anticipated.   The big ticket occasions!   Then there are those, although significant enough in themselves, arrive rather late for festivities!   The big 60 which Betty and I celebrated this week […]

May 29, 2021

An Act of Mercy

An Act of Mercy               Word on the Week          29th May 2021. This year Betty and I became proud great grandparents!   Lily arrived in April.   She was well anticipated with plenty of photographs both inside and outside of her Mother’s womb.   Her arrival brought great joy to her father and mother and their respective families. Contrast […]

May 22, 2021

Isaac verses Ishmael

Isaac verses Ishmael                 Word on the Week          22nd May 2021. The latest instalment of the age-old conflict has been played out this week in the Middle East ending in an uneasy cease fire.   There was friction from the beginning between the two half-brothers and this has been carried on down through the centuries to this […]

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