The Unexplained

The Unexplained

CROP CIRCLES are one of the more bizarre phenomena of the modern age. They have been reported all over the world, but the majority of them appear during the months of July and August in the county of Wiltshire in the UK. They are huge geometric patterns which appear in standing crops. Some have measured 300 metres across, they appear without warning in the short hours of summer darkness, and they are sometimes breathtakingly beautiful. There are many theories about their origin. They are attributed to extraordinary weather phenomena, or anomalies in the earth’s magnetic field, or reflections on the ground of the collective unconscious, or aliens. The most likely explanation of course is human pranksters. Over the years various individuals and groups have claimed the credit for them, but it’s a fact that the most intricate examples still defy explanation. So for now they remain a mystery. What is

The Environmental Crisis

The Environmental Crisis

THE PLANET IS IN PERIL, and something needs to be done about it. It is generally agreed that the temperature of the earth’s surface is rising, along with the temperature of the oceans. Polar ice and glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising, presenting a danger to low-lying land, and the world is experiencing a dramatic increase in extreme weather events such as heat waves and storms. It is also generally agreed that climate change is due to humans loading the atmosphere with carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases as a result of burning fossil fuels, intensive agriculture and deforestation, and modern industrial processes. And most experts agree that unless swift action is taken to limit the rise in global temperature there will be an environmental catastrophe. The 2021 COP26 Climate Summit established targets which nations are working towards. All over the world concerned people are taking action, in a

Zechariah

Zechariah

AFTER THE RETURN of some of the Jews from exile in Babylon around 520 bc, in the reign of Darius I of Persia, Zechariah received prophecies from God about the future of Jerusalem and of God’s people. First prophecy (1:1–6) This is a call to God’s people to return to Him and to the words of His former prophets. Then He will bless them. Second prophecy (1:7– 6:15) This consists of eight visions which look ahead to God’s dealings with Israel, and encompass the cutting off of oppressing nations, the restoration of Jerusalem, the rise and fall of false worship, and the judgement of the nations when the Messiah comes. Third prophecy (chapters 7–14) This fills out the message from “the Lord of hosts”, whose armies fight for Israel. Chapter 7: God appeals to His people to hear Him. Chapter 8: He promises a future restoration. Chapter 9: the Greek