justgoodnews Homosexual Sex and a Cup of Tea

Homosexual Sex and a Cup of Tea

Failed Resolutions I’ve never been much good at new year’s resolutions. This year my resolution was to blog more and look, January is nearly over and I’m only starting to blog now. I remember the first new year’s resolution I ever made. I was ten years old and it felt like I was always in …

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justgoodnews Go the Extra Mile

Go the Extra Mile

UK’s most common misquote I hear this phrase often in my profession; ‘people who go the extra mile’. It expresses a very worthy sentiment, describing those people who do much more than they are obliged to. The teaching profession in this country is full of caring individuals who regularly go well beyond the call of …

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justgoodnews Do Christians really believe in nonviolence?

Do Christians really believe in nonviolence?

About four years ago, I read a book that made me think “Of course! This makes sense. Why did I not see this before, why haven’t I heard this before?” This blog is based on what I’d read. You’ve heard it said … In the Sermon on the Mount, six times Jesus uses the phrase …

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justworld How to be a hero president of a fake democracy

How to be a hero president of a fake democracy

As Turkish President Recep Erdoğan celebrates the result of a free and fair referendum that is likely to see him as president into the 2030s, here is another presidential leader who specialises in free and fair elections. This leader also recently revised his country’s constitution. Article 1 says “this country shall be a democratic, legal …

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justmaths Life on other planets and a maths joke

Life on other planets and a maths joke

Is there life on other planets? Here’s another maths joke: An astronomer, a physicist and a mathematician were travelling by train from England into Wales. As they looked out of the window, they saw a black sheep in a field. “Ah”, the astronomer said dreamily, “Wales is full of black sheep.” “You can’t say that …

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justgoodnews Lead me to the cross – Mark 8

Lead me to the cross – Mark 8

Towards the end of Mark 8, Peter declares Jesus to be the Messiah. In other words God’s anointed King. When Peter realises King Jesus intends to go to a cross, he doesn’t answer by saying ‘lead me to the cross.’ He says ‘But King Jesus, that’s not very king-like. Wouldn’t it be better if …. …

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justmaths Infinity, a maths joke and another infinity

Infinity, a maths joke and another infinity

Infinity and a maths joke? Really? Last year I was given a mug with it on, so it must be good! The imaginary number i says to π “Be rational”. π replies “Be real”. i² says ok. Not a classic, I know, but not a bad gift for a nerdy maths teacher!  π is probably the …

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justuk 2016 – the year of post democracy

2016 – the year of post democracy

As we say goodbye to 2016, Israel are annoyed by America’s refusal to veto a UN resolution. They say that as the region’s only democracy, they should receive greater support from the world’s leading democracy. Theresa May has jumped in, criticising John Kerry over his comments on the make up of a democratically elected government. …

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justgoodnews The King of Kings was a refugee

The King of Kings was a refugee

Every year, over 100,000 children enter the BBC’s 500 word competition. The competition is to write a short story in only 500 words or less. Publishers, Oxford University Press then analyse the content carefully, and each year declare a ‘children’s word of the year’. In 2014, the chosen word was inspired by every maths teachers’ favourite children’s …

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justgoodnews The Wait Advent and prejudging Jesus

The Wait Advent and prejudging Jesus

For Philip, the wait was over. There was something about Jesus, that when he said “Follow me!”, Philip did. He sees in Jesus the possibility that his hopes will be fulfilled. We don’t know what his hopes were, but like anyone living under an oppressive regime, it is likely to have involved the over throw …

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