Here’s the text of my article that was published today in the Scotsman. You can read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/opinion/dare-to-debate-this-damaging-idea-that-gender-is-a-social-construct-1-4342596 Dare to debate this damaging idea that gender is a social construct. There is a fear that dare not speak its name, a question that dare not be asked. An ideology is being foisted … More The Gender ‘Agenda’ – Will bullying work both ways?
This was a film that I did not want to go and see. I knew it was long, violent and difficult. But I had to. I have read so much about it and such contrasting and extreme reviews that I went (alone) to watch it this afternoon. Its…. Brilliant – It lasts over two and … More The Silence – A Review
It was wonderful to hear that Songs of Praise, the flagship BBC religious programme, was to come from the Island of Lewis – the home island of my wife and apparently more significantly the home island of President-Elect Donald Trumps mother. I looked forward to hearing some Gaelic psalm singing, traditional hymns and perhaps … More Songs of Praise, the Island of Lewis, Donald Trump and the Religion of the BBC
On Sunday the 8th the Sunday Herald ran a ridiculous piece about the TIE campaign and Transgender rights, where it did not deal with the issues and killed any sensible discussion with the headline ‘Christian Right accused of whipping up trans-panic’. Although I was not allowed an article as a right of reply, they did … More Debate About Gender Issues – Letter in The Sunday Herald
As promised, in this week’s podcast, it’s the prospects for the Church in the West; Mainstream decline. Post-modern evangelicals. American charismatic next big thing. Creflo Dollar won’t be back. Greater unity. Salt and light in the public square. The Reformation. US Evangelicals split over Donald Trump Reaching the poor. Africa and Asia. | … More Quantum 95 – Ten ‘Prophecies’ for the Church in 2017
“Does God call me to belong to a local church where the Word of God is not being taught?” That was one of the questions I have often been asked. I hope to have an occasional series looking at these kind of questions. To some the answer to this particular question is so obvious that … More Does God Call Me to Belong to a Local Church where the Word of God is not being Taught?
Last weeks Ten ‘Prophecies’ for Society/Culture in 2017 have already had a partial fulfilment. Israel, Trump and the SNP ruling out a second Indy Ref in 2017. But how will the Church of Jesus Christ fare in this coming year? Only the Lord knows. However I like to think ahead and watch trends. So here goes 1) … More Ten Prophecies re the Church in 2017
(note: I am more than happy for people who disagree with this article to comment below – however I need to stress that I will not publish comments which are full of vitriolic abuse and foul language – whether you agree or not. I am sorry to record that I have received a number of … More A Cry in the Dark? Dear Meryl…
Last week I predicted that Israel would be a major issue in 2017 – it was not exactly the gift of foresight, its 100 years since the Balfour Declaration and the existence of this one small state has been a major issue ever since the Second World War. But nonetheless I was surprised to … More Who Faces the Greater Threat- Sir Alan Duncan or Israel?
Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. … More What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..