There are more evangelical Christians in Guatemala than in any other Central American country. They include the internationally famous preacher and multi-millionaire Cash Luna, whose $40 million mega-church seats 11,000. He preaches the prosperity gospel and heals people of every imaginable illness including HIV and cancer. Or so he says. When asked why he didn’t […]

Be honest with yourself. What unpalatable truths might you be evading? When you recognise your shortcomings, do not let that discourage you. In worship together we can find the assurance of God’s love and the strength to go on with renewed courage.

Dear Mr Bergoglio, A year and a half ago, in letter no. 18, I congratulated you on being so green. Since then I have looked at your 2015 encyclical ‘Laudato Si’ (‘Praise be to you’) more closely, and I want you to know I have some reservations. You portray the planet as a virgin defiled […]

In Mark 14:7, Jesus is quoted as saying, “For you shall have the poor with you always”. Well, No Jesus, fortunately you’re wrong because fortunately humanity does not always have the poor with it.  Fortunately, statistics show that the number of people living below the breadline is crashing. I’ve heard Christians use this verse as […]

Epicurus was a Greek philosopher who lived in the 3rd century B.C.E. I am grateful to my friend John, who’s in our pub quiz team, for drawing my attention to this splendid atheist quote. “Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then […]

Dear Mr Bergoglio, First I would like to congratulate you on completing 5 years in office. The Catholic church may resemble a dung hill but it has some beautiful flowers growing out of it, of which you (and the Catholic Workers Movement) are examples. I’m not going to delve into the scandals that have hit […]

A long line of cars drove down my road in North London, all honking their horns. “Ah-hah!”, I thought, “Turkey has just won a football match  and the local Turkish supporters are out celebrating”, Then I noticed that each car had yellow and black balloons tied to its aerial, all bearing the word ‘Lifted’. Perhaps […]