BHS the sequel? The latest news on an icon of the high street.

Is this a further betrayal of the workers and investors? British Home Stores is back from the dead but only online. I took time time out before recording the weekly Mark and Pete podcast to comment on the breaking news of the re-launch of BHS.

British Homes Stores or BHS is still a household name but it failed as a business in the end. The soaring overheads coupled with purportedly poor management under Philip Green let to its closure. It seemed that that was the end. However, recently the company was bought up by Dominic Chappell who appeared to have no plans for it and then by Qatari group Al Mana. BHS had already launched a small online store and the new owners have the rights to the brand online. Hence the rebirth online but Oh what might have been had BHS diversified effectively and created an effective and efficient online presence before it was too late to save the high street stores. And in this video we also have a quick look round one of the BHS flagship stores gutted and emptied for closure, a sad sight for a once proud brand.

A difficult 9/11 question for prayer.



September 11th is a date seared into the collective consciousness.  The suicide attacks on the towers in New York leading to thousands of deaths were broadcast on video round the world were an example of deluded religiosity.  Those perpetrating the attacks firmly believed that what they were doing was right and that they would be rewarded by God on a grand scale after death.

They were horribly mistaken and will be finding out in the presence of the almighty and holy God just how much he disapproves of such vainglorious violent behaviour.

Those who were killed in the towers and there families were not sinful to any greater extent than anyone else and yet they had died in hideous fashion. After death they went to be with God who as well as being just is also merciful and the very definition of love.

A more difficult question is how we should respond. We can approach a good answer to this by asking another question. Imagine a person such as the survivor who works for Deutsche Bank. This man had popped out for a coffee at the time of the attack. How does he respond to the attack? Do we respond differently because we have a greater distance and time from the attack? I reflect on this question in this episode of Daily Devotional Preaching.