Notorious Trump ally and evangelical leader Jerry Falwell Jr last week explained his controversial and long-running support for the US president. Trump's virtue, Falwell said, is that he 'says what's in his heart'. This sadly betrays a vanilla, Disney-ified and narcissistic philosophy that elevates 'being true to yourself' above all else. It also, ironically, underlines the problem so many have with Mr Trump – they don't like what's in his heart.
People really do want to plight their troth and signify their commitment to one person forever.
In many schools there has developed an overweening culture of micro-management of teaching and learning. Many creative teachers feel increasingly unable to teach in ways that they know to be effective. Chaplains look on, aghast, as politicians and leaders of quangos subvert truth and debase the true values of education.
It isn't too late to pull the support for Trump, even now. But if his prevarication in the face of an actual Nazi march in the heart of the old South isn't enough to make them do it, when, oh when, will they?
All over the world there are memorials to people and causes, glorified at the time, that a few decades or hundreds of years render embarrassing.
To some, horrible accidents like the one which took place on the island of Madeira this week offer a kind of emotive proof that a loving God surely cannot exist. But does that argument really stand up?
What about 'deliverance'? Do people really need delivering from the powers of darkness, and if so when?
Today, August 15, India celebrates 70 years of independence. It is a proud moment for the world's largest democracy. Though still a young democracy, the world should celebrate how far India has come.
What happened in Charlottesville, where one person was killed and 19 injured when a car ploughed into a group of people protesting against a white nationalist, right-wing rally, has shocked America.
I grew up in the 1980s, when the Cold War between the USA and Russia was still in full swing.
It all happened so quickly. I had let Christ down even before I had stopped to think about it.
WIth renewed controversy over the Christian-based festival, here's why I'm an enthusiastic attender.
We all start off as strangers. It's random connections or, perhaps, a higher power that brings people together.
The world has probably not been closer to nuclear war for decades. Given the temperaments of the two men responsible for the crisis, no one can see a good outcome.
Is it not the case that our praise is too often mediocre or weird? It's heartless or thoughtless.