A number of years ago I wrote an article in response to a heartfelt letter a lady who had been hurt and confused by much that she had experienced in the church. That she was not alone was evidenced by the mail that I have since received on the same subject. One letter in particular … More The Suffocating Church – American Style
Robert Harris is quite simply a brilliant writer. He combines the ability to tell a good yarn with fine writing and an eye for historical detail. I first read his Cicero trilogy – (which I will review later) – but it is his latest book, Munich that we look at here. (Published by Penguin … More Munich – Novel of the Year – Robert Harris
King Solomon’s Pleasure Dome had sex, drugs and money. Why didn’t it work? This weeks column on Christian Today on Ecclesiastes Every now and then within the Church, the cry goes up, ‘we need to make the Bible more relevant’. But such a cry is only an indication of misunderstanding the Bible. We don’t need … More Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – King Solomon’s Pleasure Dome – Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Education used to be the pride of Scotland’s culture and our great strength. Ever since the day that John Knox declared ‘where there is a church, there should be a school’, we have developed an education system that was once the envy of the world. Alas no more. There are enormous difficulties in both our … More Educating ‘the Poor’ – Should Poorer Students have Lower Academic Standards to get to University?
The Trans hysteria continues. Already this week a teacher in England has been disciplined for ‘misgendering’ a pupil (even Peter Tatchell tweeted that this was over the top!) and a whole Labour party committee have resigned because one of their number, a Lesbian, was being bullied for being a TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist). A … More Insanity of the Gender Fluidity Debate – Letter in the Courier
In order to understand our culture and ourselves there are some subjects that it is vital to grasp. In terms of answering the question ‘who am I?’ or ‘who are we?’ we need to consider the question of moral responsibility and free will. It is important to understand that many of our elites are moving … More Beware the Hyper-Calvinist Atheists!
This weeks Light Engaging Darkness. I apologise for there being none last week – this was due to illness…. The Scottish Government’s Trans Madness The Scottish government has told teachers they should allow primary pupils who wish to switch gender identity in schools to do so without seeking parents’ consent. So reported The Times yesterday. … More LED 15 – Scottish Government Trans Madness – Jordan Peterson – The Moral Panic – Expensive Piano Lessons – Walter Magaya – Blame it on Brexit – Jesus and the Jedi in Dundee –
This is something I recorded three weeks ago before going to Wittenberg and then into hospital. It was appropriate that Janet and I discussed the Reformation. You can access the show by clicking https://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=175909&hour=1 These articles are also pertinent. Reformation 500: With the ‘fundamentalism, terror and religious violence’ should we really celebrate? Remembering the … More Discussing the Reformation – on Janet Parshall
The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls I came to this book after seeing the film of the same name. The film was unspeakably sad but nonetheless managed to gloss over much of the situation described in this book. Whereas the film gave an impression of a kind of quirky family who were a bit … More The Glass Castle – A Review
This weeks commentary on Ecclesiastes in Christian Today: How the weird book of Ecclesiastes can gives us meaning in the 21st century Last week we saw that the book of Ecclesiastes is the ‘Gospel’ book for today’s modern world. People are lonely, tired, weary and worn, and the universe itself seems to offer no meaning. Are … More Wisdom and Meaning for the 21st Century – Ecclesiastes