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When did we all become so joyless?

Opinion

When did we all become so joyless?

Self-care, healthy eating, focusing on what an awesome human I am...I don’t know about you, but I’m tired of all the pointless activities I’m told to follow to counteract the joyless world we live in. We all feel it and the data shows it: unhappiness is on the increase in our society. So what on earth can we do about it?

How to draw a duck

Opinion

How to draw a duck

Don’t tell anyone, but at one point on Sunday I had four people from different households in my kitchen at the same time. I’m finding this phase of lockdown the hardest, mostly because I don’t really understand what the rules are trying to achieve.

The one where a neighbour starts a poster campaign against you

Life

The one where a neighbour starts a poster campaign against you

Posters aside, why did justifying ourselves matter so much? Yes, we wanted to shield in peace. But we could do that by keeping the doors shut. It was so much more than that. We needed to be seen to be in the right, by people we’d never met before, who liked shouting at us.

After the fire

Life

After the fire

The world is on fire. Everything we thought we could rely on is going up in smoke. This is painful, but it is also an opportunity to start afresh. What would that take?

George Floyd: no justice, no peace

Opinion

George Floyd: no justice, no peace

The death of George Floyd has sparked a global movement to end racism and injustice. But why do we feel this burning desire for justice, and how will it be achieved?

A dead man’s thoughts on your lockdown itch

Faith

A dead man’s thoughts on your lockdown itch

It looks like we may be in lockdown for a little while longer, with many of us itching for freedom again. But what really explains our current restlessness and eagerness to escape confinement?

God is for life, not just for crisis

Faith

God is for life, not just for crisis

Online church ‘attendance’ figures are soaring, Bible sales have increased by 55%, and Google searches for ‘prayer’ have skyrocketed. But God isn’t just a cosmic comfort-blanket; he wants to be the God of your whole life, not just your crisis.

Why the West wasn’t ready for Coronavirus

Opinion

Why the West wasn’t ready for Coronavirus

Why the prevailing worldview of the West leaves individuals ill-prepared to respond to the deprivation and suffering that has accompanied this virus.

The atheist’s leap of faith

Faith

The atheist’s leap of faith

From Ricky Gervais to Adam Buxton, today's comedy scene is littered with those who readily call faith in God an act of self-delusion. But are Christians the only ones at risk of deluding themselves, or do atheists need to confront the uncomfortable truths at the root of their own ‘faith’?