An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

(Richard Dawkins is in Sydney this weekend so I issued this challenge to him on the Christian Today website)  Dear Professor Dawkins, Apologies for writing you another letter (remember The Dawkins Letters?) but you just don’t seem to be responding. It’s so funny how we don’t talk any more. Anyway, I hope you are well and fully recovered from your recent bout of illness (I would … Continue reading An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

The Solas Enlightenment – A Disappointing End to a Great Idea

Not everything you try works out.  Not every good idea works out.  Sometimes we fail.  I had an idea that a quality Christian magazine reflecting on culture, politics, the arts etc would be a winner…I was wrong. I’m pretty gutted about that.   These are my reflections on that sad fact in the last edition of the Solas magazine – published this month. The Solas Enlightenment … Continue reading The Solas Enlightenment – A Disappointing End to a Great Idea

How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love

(This article was published on the Desiring God website (here) last week)  Much to my surprise, I became a Christian as a teenager. But when I did, I was quite determined to be a secret Christian. This was partly because, to be honest, I didn’t like most of the Christians I knew. But it was also partly because, living in a very post-Christian Scotland, I … Continue reading How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love

“Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

This is a news story based on an interview with Eternity magazine in Sydney.  I didn’t realise the interview was going to be filmed (it lasted over 30 minutes) – hence my attire.  You can watch their edited highlights of the clip here –   The text of the report is below.  I also find it interesting how they summarised the interview. There was of necessity … Continue reading “Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

An Unjustified Influence?

Do not Judge They are some of the most oft-cited words of Jesus, and also the most misunderstood – “Do not judge or you too will be judged” (Matthew 7:1). How appropriate you might think for a society that has as one of its core values, non-judgementalism. Dogs and Pigs? There are only two problems with that perspective. Firstly, our society is not non-judgemental. In … Continue reading An Unjustified Influence?

How Prayer Impacts Lives

This is a chapter I wrote in the CFP book ‘How Prayer Impacts Lives” – 41 Christians and their conversations with God .  The speaker was adamant – “I don’t believe in God because I have never seen or heard of anyone who has experienced answered prayer”. He was an atheist who prided himself in his ‘evidence based’ scientific approach to life. I was next … Continue reading How Prayer Impacts Lives

The Pastors Heart – Interview with Dominic Steele

  https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Fthepastorsheart%2Fvideos%2F324971771362131%2F&show_text=1&width=560 In this interview/testimony we look at issues connected with evangelism, apologetics, St Peters, church growth, Scotland, Australia…I very much enjoyed meeting Dominic and look forward to preaching at his church on April 29th…. You can also see it on Vimeo (below).   Continue reading The Pastors Heart – Interview with Dominic Steele

Hawkings Haverings – Answering Stephen Hawkings Atheist Claims

I was saddened to hear of the death of Stephen Hawking – I had recently read a biography of him – as well as watching the sanitised airbrushed Hollywood version of his life – The Theory of Everything.   Brilliant mind though he was, he allowed his atheist upbringing and prejudice to distort his reasoning.  None more so than his claim in The Times  from 8 years … Continue reading Hawkings Haverings – Answering Stephen Hawkings Atheist Claims