Dickens famous story title aptly captures the situation of contemporary Urban development across the world. This is particularly true of major cities where there is rapid population growth and economic advancement. It is certainly true that in these places there is both the best of times and the worst of times. Continue reading
Changes seems to be the word which best sums up the past year for me on a personal level. There has been the death of a close relative, the birth of my first child (Sophia Jane Paterson), moving house, starting a new ministry role & travel to Singapore. However it also seems an appropriate word when we consider global politics. This time last year I don’t think there would have been many people who would have expected that Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson would have brought the conservative front bench to their knees. Maybe even less likely was “the Donald” winning the US Presidential election (the only president in history to receive a stunner from Stone Cold). It has also been a year of change in popular culture with the departure of many well loved contributors such as Prince, Bowie, Fisher & Rickman.
It has been a year to pay attention to for many reasons and here are things which have greatly shaped me over the last 12 months; here is my 2016. Continue reading
With the rise of secularism in Scotland, and the western world in general, there has been a concurrent agenda forced upon the church or indeed any faith group. Its origins were simple enough and the spread of it has been infectious; faith or belief are not things which should be discussed outside of the private sphere. Continue reading
At one time this was the road of riches along which the people groups of the middle ages traded. Moving out from the Middle East through the north west of China traders and solider’s sought material wealth. Commerce flourished, material wealth increased, people married and religious beliefs migrated. This mix of Arab Muslim and Han Chinese formed the Hui people; the largest and most widespread of China’s Muslim nationalities and one of the most unevangelised people’s on earth. Continue reading