More on the riots

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I concur with what Carl has written regarding the riots.
2 London nonconformist ministers had letters printed in the national papers over the weekend which was encouraging.
Gerard Hemmings a minister in Twickenham had this letter printed in The Telegraph on 9th Aug......
SIR - Having taught our children that there is no absolute right and wrong; having assured them that relationships, like Lego, can be formed and broken at a whim; having told them that he who has the most wins; having severed a generation from all that is true and right and good and lovely - why should the riots come as any surprise?

We have reaped what we have sown.

Rev Gerard Hemmings
Twickenham, Middlesex


Ken Brownell of East London Tab had the following in The Times on Aug 15th

''For a new culture of responsibility we need to rediscover the love of God as revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ

Sir, Lord Sacks makes an excellent point about how as a nation we need to recover a culture of responsibility (Opinion, Aug 12). However, he overlooks in his example of the remoralisation of Britain and America in the 1820s that behind the moral campaigns was the Second Evangelical Awakening of the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

One of the greatest sermons of that period was by the great Scottish preacher and church leader Thomas Chalmers entitled "The expulsive power of a new affection". In the sermon Chalmers argued that moral virtue comes as the love of God progressively expels love of sin. I suggest that if we are to have a new culture of responsibility we need to rediscover the love of God as revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ as so many did in the 1820s.''

The Rev Dr Kenneth Brownell
East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, London E3


Ealing is still mopping up after the riots but it's business as usual. The violence in some ways was no worse than the football hooliganism that took place in the 1980s.  Sadly our church building was not affected at all, the insurance money would have come in handy for rebuilding.

Posted August 16, 2011 @ 11:54 AM by Paul Levy

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