Janet Parshall – In the Market from Sydney – September 2019

  In the midst of all the busyness of last week it was good to chat with Janet Parshall again…I find it fascinating that I am doing a live show a day ahead from downtown Sydney!  I get to tease her about the Americans being behind the times!  She is a superb interviewer… Click this link to get to the show… https://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=280098&hour=2 Janet Parshall – … Continue reading Janet Parshall – In the Market from Sydney – September 2019

Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

22nd September 2019 Brothers and Sisters, It’s been a hectic two weeks. A couple of weeks ago I wrote from Shetland, last week from Brisbane – and this week I am back home in Sydney – and yes it does feel like home. Ann Street Presbyterian This week has been an encouraging week. Sometimes they happen! There were even moments of joy! It started with … Continue reading Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

Quantum 60 – The One with Israel, Dawkins, Qantas, Freedom, EU Empire, Social Constuctionist, Pride at Proms, Hong Kong Anthem, Extinction Rebellion, Plant Prayer

Quantum 60 The Israeli elections are deadlocked.. Qantas CEO Alan Joyce says he will continue to speak about social issues, whilst drawing his $26 million salary…. Richard Dawkins is back with his new book for teenagers….   I thought it was a foetus?! Government appoints new envoy for freedom of religion – but there is a problem… We also mention the EU Empire – Did We … Continue reading Quantum 60 – The One with Israel, Dawkins, Qantas, Freedom, EU Empire, Social Constuctionist, Pride at Proms, Hong Kong Anthem, Extinction Rebellion, Plant Prayer

Art and Encouragment in Brisbane – Letter from Australia 7

Brothers and Sisters, Last weeks letter was from Shetland – via a series of airports – Shetland, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dubai, Sydney and Brisbane I now find myself writing this from this beautiful Brisbane.  And it is.  This is a quite remarkable city – a county town,  turned into a modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city of some 2 million people.   It is a very pleasant environment and … Continue reading Art and Encouragment in Brisbane – Letter from Australia 7

Shetland – Letter from Australia 6

9th September 2019 Brothers and Sisters, It seems strange writing a letter ‘from Australia’ when I am sitting in my room in the Alder Lodge Guest House in Lerwick (a guest house by the way that I would highly recommend!). There are not many places that are as far away from Sydney as Shetland. The contrasts are also great. Sydney is on the Western edge … Continue reading Shetland – Letter from Australia 6

Quantum 58 – The one with Shetland, PolicePersons; Brexit; Hong Kong; Argentina; Ebola; Vicars ‘marry’; Gay Gene Theory; Chick-Fil-A; Female Engineers; Brendan O’Neill; Gervais; Stormzy and Ed

Quantum 58 This is probably my favourite Quantum so far….the producer has done a great job! It’s also the first I have done from Shetland…so we start with this..   We look at the election result in Shetland and the resultant political spin.   Police in Scotland are to become policepersons and wear ‘gender neutral’ uniforms.  The police in Scotland are becoming a PC laughing stock.  … Continue reading Quantum 58 – The one with Shetland, PolicePersons; Brexit; Hong Kong; Argentina; Ebola; Vicars ‘marry’; Gay Gene Theory; Chick-Fil-A; Female Engineers; Brendan O’Neill; Gervais; Stormzy and Ed

The Edge – Get a Grip: Who can you trust in a fake news world?

These are the videos of the forum we held at The Edge in Sydney Harbour, in the shadow of the Opera House.  It was a good night….with Justine Toh and Sam Chan helping enormously. I would encourage you especially to hear Scott Monk’s opening talk…you can get all the info and videos here  Here is the video of my talk:   And this is the … Continue reading The Edge – Get a Grip: Who can you trust in a fake news world?

What Can We Learn from the Chinese ‘Badass Beauty Queen’?

This is my latest Christian Today column.   They changed the title but I prefer my original.  I hope you are not offended by the language – but it is more reflective of what is in the article. There are also those who have taken offence at the suggestion that Scotland is becoming like China.  I hold to that.  We are on a trajectory where we … Continue reading What Can We Learn from the Chinese ‘Badass Beauty Queen’?

Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5

Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5  Dear Brothers and Sisters, They say that you ought to live as to be missed when you are gone.   I don’t know if I have done that but I do know that I have been blessed to have lived in places and amongst people who I miss. I loved growing up on the Tarbat peninsula … Continue reading Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5