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Author Nick Lear

Nick Lear is a regional minister of the Eastern Baptist Association in the United Kingdom.

In the United Kingdom and United States, certain politicians seek – or hold – the highest office in the land while making statements designed to attract attention and appear to be on the side of ordinary folks. Or am I being paranoid? […] Read More

Power dynamics exist throughout society, even within our churches. How do you use the power you have? How do you assess the character and fitness of those holding positions of power in society? Esther has some answers for us. […] Read More

Life is like a Rubik’s cube: chaotic, disorganized and frustrating. Unlike a Rubik’s cube, life’s problems aren’t always possible to solve. In those difficult times, we need people who will resolve to be with us. […] Read More

In our social-media world, we’ve reached a point where it’s entirely acceptable to be negative about what others think, create, do or say, insulting and getting personal with them in our comments. Christians often are the culprits. […] Read More

Dogma can be an easy way to learn some of the Christian faith’s fundamentals, but trouble ensues when Christians insist on applying dogma dogmatically without understanding that nuances exist. […] Read More

There are times when I read what another Christian has written or said, and I wonder whether I am reading the same Bible as them because I can’t justify their behavior based on what I read in my Bible. Now, I realize that in writing this column I am opening myself up to an accusation […] Read More

Recent events have led to a heart-breaking hashtag trending on the internet: #metoo. Women around the world are using this to speak out about the misogynistic or abusive treatment they have received at the hands of men. It has taken the immense courage of the women who have made allegations against such a high profile […] Read More

I grew up in an era when the threat of nuclear attack was real. The peace of the world existed in a tension that was known as MAD – mutually assured destruction. In other words, we would not blow up another country because we knew that they would blow us up in return – the […] Read More

The news recently has contained harrowing accounts of a number of hate-motivated attacks, including an attack against Muslims in Finsbury Park in north London. They have left me with a number of deep-rooted emotional responses. The first is deep, deep sadness for those who have been injured and bereaved. The second is anger that fellow […] Read More

Hate has been bothering me lately. Not, I hasten to add, because I am feeling hated, and not because I hate someone else. I was reading some comments online from someone I don’t know but whom I respect about the level of negative, critical, judgmental, cruel and rude comments they were receiving. It was horrible. […] Read More