Queens Intolerance

Union Theological College is the largest theological training institute in Northern Ireland.   For many years it has been directly connected with the largest University in Northern Ireland, Queens.  Today it is in the news because it has been announced that following a review, that link is to be completely severed.  Queens University cuts ties with Presbyterian Run College The Presbyterian Church in Ireland issued a … Continue reading Queens Intolerance

The Noble Liar – The Influence of the BBC and the Meritocracy

The Noble Liar  by Robin Aitken is my book of the year, so far, and I doubt whether any book will overtake it.  It is a stunning insight from a former BBC journalist and executive – who has 25 years experience of the organisation.  If you want to understand what is going on in our culture, The Noble Liar, is essential reading. The book is subtitled – … Continue reading The Noble Liar – The Influence of the BBC and the Meritocracy

Parents Take Back Control – The April Record Editorial

This is the editorial from the April Record. Parents – Take Back Control  Imagine the scene. You are a child in school attending a guidance class and are told by the teacher, ‘There are 73 different genders.’ When one of the pupils pointed out that there were two genders, they were laughed at by the rest of the class. This was not in a school … Continue reading Parents Take Back Control – The April Record Editorial

Praise and Preaching – Iver Martin on John 20, Sinclair Ferguson on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Alaister Begg; Steph Macleod- In Christ Alone

Morning Service Leader: Hugh Henderson Praise Leader: Mairi De LA Haye Preacher: Iver Martin Songs: ~Holy, Holy, Holy; My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness; Ps 134(b); Ps 119:97-104; Christ is Made the Sure Foundation Readings: Acts 21:1-16 ;  Psalm 119:97-104 Sermon: John 20:19-27 Evening Service Leader:  Hugh Henderson Praise Leader: Mairi De La Haye Preacher: Sinclair Ferguson Songs: Praise My Soul the King of Heaven; Christ is Mine Forevermore; Ps … Continue reading Praise and Preaching – Iver Martin on John 20, Sinclair Ferguson on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Alaister Begg; Steph Macleod- In Christ Alone

Saturday Review 11 – Servant of the People; Billy Graham; Duke Ellington; The Noble Liar; Brand Luther; Searching for Schindler; John Owen vol 9; The Fox; Romans 10

This week’s reviews all come under the word ‘inspiring’! TV – Servant of the People – 9/10 This one is an absolute gem!  It’s so weird and quirky – a series about a history teacher in Ukraine who becomes President.  It’s in Russian with subtitles.  And it’s brilliant.  Each episode is only 20 minutes but it’s perceptive, funny and through comedy illustrates the problem with … Continue reading Saturday Review 11 – Servant of the People; Billy Graham; Duke Ellington; The Noble Liar; Brand Luther; Searching for Schindler; John Owen vol 9; The Fox; Romans 10

Quantum 36 – Ukraine; Canada; Puritanism; The Secular Inquisition; BBC Questiontime; New Zealand; Unplanned;Melvyn Bragg; Anti-Science; The Cure; Robin Aitken

This weeks Quantum ranges from a Ukrainian Comedian to The Cure! In a case of real life imitating art we look at the extraordinary story of the Ukrainian comedian who might become president.   And we continue to expand your vocabulary as the destruction of our language continues.  Do you know what Theybies and Childism are? Mark Powell from Australia tells us about the mother bearing … Continue reading Quantum 36 – Ukraine; Canada; Puritanism; The Secular Inquisition; BBC Questiontime; New Zealand; Unplanned;Melvyn Bragg; Anti-Science; The Cure; Robin Aitken

‘Confirmatory Referendums’, Propaganda and the Fight for Democracy- Brexit Update

Welcome to your weekly Brexit update of news and articles.   We havn’t really moved on – but the unfolding narrative is still the same.  The House of Commons (and even more the Lords) is desperately seeking a way to avoid Brexit and as I have said many times, will probably succeed.  So here are some of the lowlights in this past week. The 2nd Referendum … Continue reading ‘Confirmatory Referendums’, Propaganda and the Fight for Democracy- Brexit Update

Deconstructing Driscoll – Lessons for American, Australian and UK Church Cultures.

After writing about my hopes of going to Australia Transported to Australia – Article in Evangelicals Now   I was sent this link about Mark Driscoll speaking to the Australians in Sydney on the subject of evangelism in 2008.  It is a fascinating document because I think it is a great lesson in how NOT to speak prophetically into a situation you do not know.  As it … Continue reading Deconstructing Driscoll – Lessons for American, Australian and UK Church Cultures.

Scotland’s Chief Mama

  Last Sunday on Mothers Day – this tweet was posted – and retweeted by politicians and others. Compassionate Although many people have a knee jerk reaction to the First Minister and her photo-ops (supporters love everything she does; detractors, to use an old Scots phrase, find that such things ‘gie us the boke’!). It’s better to try to avoid such reactions and take a … Continue reading Scotland’s Chief Mama

Dundee Children Taking Puberty Blockers – Article in The Tully

The following article appeared in The Evening Telegraph.  I am beginning to wonder if the tide is turning a bit.  The journalist was very fair in her reporting.   Note the astonishing remark from Gregor Murray, the former SNP Education convenor for Dundee, who lost his job – changing gender and putting chemicals into your body is just like a cream for acne!  Crazy and dangerous. … Continue reading Dundee Children Taking Puberty Blockers – Article in The Tully