How should the Church React to Inverness and Stornoway Gay Pride marches?

This is a version of a piece I wrote earlier today re the proposed Inverness and Stornoway Pride marches. unfortunately both were hacked – this is a rewritten, restored version which I hope is as near to the original as I can remember. I normally have a back up but for some reason didn’t with this one!  Apologies to those who posted comments on the … Continue reading How should the Church React to Inverness and Stornoway Gay Pride marches?

The Groaning of Creation and the Christian (Romans 8:18-25); I Can’t Believe in …an Eternal God – Praise, Prayers and Preaching from St Peters

In the morning we looked at the incredible passage from Romans 8:18-25 – it was supposed to be verse 27 but we ran out of time…that will wait for next week! Songs:  I Believe (the Creed); How Great Thou Art; Indescribable;  Ps 107:1-16; Who Has Held the Oceans Readings: Acts 7:37-53 and Ps 107:1-22 Sermon:  Romans 8:18-27 – The Groaning of Creation and the Groaning … Continue reading The Groaning of Creation and the Christian (Romans 8:18-25); I Can’t Believe in …an Eternal God – Praise, Prayers and Preaching from St Peters

The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

This weeks Premier ‘Thought for the Day” – The Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus and the God who became man. Like the others it is based on Magnificent Obsession – this time chapter 6.  I also used this chapter last Sunday evening as a source for the Sunday evening apologetic sermon on the Eternity and unchangeableness of God.  Here are a few quotes from that … Continue reading The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

The Resurrection – The Best Starting Point for the Gospel – Magnificent Obsession

Where is the best place to begin explaining the Gospel to a non-Christian?  In Memphis a lady suggested to me that we should always begin with creation and Genesis – this is the Ken Ham approach.  But we can begin at many different points.  For me the key is the resurrection.  If Christ is risen then everything is changed.  Here is this weeks Premier ‘thought … Continue reading The Resurrection – The Best Starting Point for the Gospel – Magnificent Obsession

Premier Thought for the Day 4 – The Bible – How do we know the Truth?

How do we know the Bible is true?  How do we know what truth is? Here is this weeks Premier thought for the Day – Another one based on Magnificent Obsession. The Bible was “put together by crude, uncultured human mammals” (Christopher Hitchens, Jesus’ teaching is not the product of human learning, of whatever kind. It originates from immediate contact with the Father, from ‘face-to-face’ … Continue reading Premier Thought for the Day 4 – The Bible – How do we know the Truth?

Premier Thought for the Day 3 – Miracles

This is the third of my ‘thought for the day’ on Premier….All of them are from Magnificent Obsession – this is the one on miracles. Here are some quotes from the chapter…. ““It is not possible to have reasonable grounds for not believing in miracles” Pascal “The believers in miracles accept them (rightly or wrongly) because they have evidence for them. The disbelievers in miracles … Continue reading Premier Thought for the Day 3 – Miracles

Answering Secularists – In Defence of Christianity

In response to this letter in the Courier   our friend, Alistair McBay, of the National Secular Society penned this response.   It’s a classic of its type – I think we need to invent a new game called Secular Bingo – see how many ad hom, untrue and irrational arguments you can spot in this one letter? I have a simple rule….don’t let them get away with … Continue reading Answering Secularists – In Defence of Christianity

Persuasive Debating

  In much of the Western World it is assumed that debating with people is somehow impolite, a refusal to respect their beliefs and an attempt to coerce people into faith. This session looks at how public debates in different formats can be excellent vehicles for communicating the Gospel and can bring people into contact with Jesus Christ for the first time.  This is a … Continue reading Persuasive Debating

Jesus or Religion? What’s your Magnificent Obsession?

Premiers ‘Thought for the Day’ . no. 2 – a 2 minute thought for you to listen to and pass on! This tells of how I got the title Magnificent Obsession and makes the point that religion without Jesus is pointless and indeed harmful. Your own Personal Jesus – Magnificent Obsession on Premier Speaking of Magnificent Obsession it was good to hear the book being … Continue reading Jesus or Religion? What’s your Magnificent Obsession?

Keep Silent….or Speak Out?k

Returning to the Vicky Beeching saga there are a couple of responses that need to be carefully considered…and which raise up much wider issues: Hate/Love Mail I don’t mean either the hate or love mail….As an example of the former this one is a cracker (written in the name of love!). You are doing the work of the devil. You are keeping people from Christ! … Continue reading Keep Silent….or Speak Out?k