It occurred to me a year or two ago to find out what The Bible says about abortion. I presumed that it would be against it, but was surprised to find that it is not mentioned. In a sense it does not matter. I have never yet met a Christian who has argued that abortion is not a sin. There may be some who do, but I do not think there are many.
The Bible is clear however that murder is a sin, and so the only question is whether or not this command applies to the unborn. Fortunately this is not hard to ascertain.
The Old Testament view of credit was very strict. Jews were not permitted to charge interest on a loan to another Jew, although interest could be charged on loans to foreigners.
Lenders were entitled to take a pledge - presumably an item of value - from a person they were lending to, but were supposed not to take a pledge from anyone who was poor. Lending to the poor was considered a social duty. All unsettled loans had to be written off in every seventh year.
sir, the dust has settled on the May elections. The Liberal Democrats are clear losers, having lost many council seats, and having failed to secure a yes vote in their referendum. The reason for this was, I feel, that the referendum was on the wrong issue. For example, had the referendum been about bringing back the death penalty, then a yes vote would have been a distinct possibility.
Many readers of this site will be familiar with the folk song English Country Garden, which contains the following lines:
There is joy in the spring
When the birds begin to sing
In an English country garden
I am not a good gardener, but I’m hoping to improve. I’ve tended in previous years to be half-hearted at best, but this year I determined to make an effort. I broke up the ground with a spade, pulled up all the weeds, and then set about planting seeds. Sadly my efforts came to nothing. The weeds returned, and the seeds did not produce recognisable plants.
First of all, thank you to Celtic Morning for drawing attention to my poor taste in music. For the record, I never said that Keeley Marshall’s live rendition of The Star-Spangled Banner was the best, merely my favourite. Renditions by famous singers tend to be too pretentious for my liking. Maybe in future the LA Clippers should get Rebecca Black to sing their national anthem for them instead.
Many years ago I was watching a music awards ceremony on TV. If the winner of an award were not present to collect the award in person, then a video clip of the said artist was shown instead. Then came the award for best female artist, and the contenders included Whitney Houston and Sinead O’Connor. O’Connor was announced as the winner, and as she was not there to receive the award in person, they showed a video clip of Whitney Houston instead. I was baffled. Houston hadn’t won.