In Pittsburgh in the 1950s, a black evangelical Christian Robert Lavelle set up a most unusual bank. The Dwelling House Savings and Loan Association would lend money to poor people who are not 'good risks' at the lowest possible rates of interest. This banking philosophy challenges banking orthodoxy which prefers to lend money to rich people at high rates of interest.
There's been a lot of talk in the press about these two geezers – Andy Gray and Richard Keys. They've both departed Sky Sports amid a cloud of lurid and seedy lad mag shenanigans. Apparently both 'lads' like aggressive sexist banter and don't mind upsetting people. Any nastiness is understood as just having a bit of a 'laff' and a joke luv! They love their nasty banter and so should we.
It isn't only Romanian witches and politicians who live in pagan stories.
English poets are very fascinated by pagan and gnostic worldviews.
A few years ago a group of Romanian witches warned former Chelsea player, Adrian Mutu, that his career might suffer because of curses put on him by a former girlfriend.
"No problem", replied Mutu, revealing an unusual Romanian superstition. "Curses can't touch me because I wear my underwear inside out".
Many western people find this story perplexing and bizarre. Secular people do not just ignore God but they also ignore the spirits, the gods and the superstitious behaviour that paganism brings.
Our good friend from Australia Bruce Wearne has sent us this prayer from 'down under'.
A Christmas Prayer
Father in Heaven, As we celebrate the birth of Jesus,
Grant us a happy celebration that refreshes us and brings us together in glad thankfulness for the birth of Your Son, for the new start for the human race, for the life you have given us, here and now, of what is now past and what we now enjoy.
A guest post from David Hanson, with some wonderful thoughts about God's kingdom and the creation.
"Heavier-than-air flying machines are impossible" avowed the learned Christian physicist Lord Kelvin in 1895. It seems he was mistaken. What, though, did God think about this faith-founded proclamation? May we surmise that there was amusement in the heavenly courts that day?