Does God Speak in Dreams? Does God Love Everyone? An ‘unfortunate’ answer from the Ligonier Conference

One of the great advantages of living in the modern world is that we are able to listen to conferences on the other side of the world – when they are live streamed as was Ligonier’s West Coast conference in the USA this past weekend.  I was throughly enjoying listening to the wisdom of the teachers who had been speaking. But then came an answer … Continue reading Does God Speak in Dreams? Does God Love Everyone? An ‘unfortunate’ answer from the Ligonier Conference

Evidence for the Bible – City Bible Forum

This is the second of three short talks followed by Q and A given at the City Bible Forum Lawyers breakfast in Sydney. https://citybibleforum.org/city/sydney/episode/evidence-bible This was my favourite of the three – it was packed and there was a great atmosphere – and as you will hear some great questions… The Evidence for Miracles – City Bible Forum Continue reading Evidence for the Bible – City Bible Forum

Banning the Bible in the NHS

There is a small story happening in the Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway which tells us a great deal about what is happening the UK today https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/968942/bibles-bedside-hospital-christian-leaders-galloway-royal-infirmary At first glance it just appears like a minor spat that is hardly newsworthy at all. But the story and how it is reported is revealing of the current state of the culture and the church in … Continue reading Banning the Bible in the NHS

Ecclesiastes 10: The Stench of Folly and the Perfume of Christ

This weeks Ecclesiastes article on Christian Today  One rotten apple spoils the barrel. One badly behaved child can disrupt a whole class. One abusive clergyman can harm a whole church. One dead fly ruins perfume. Solomon having told us about the necessity of wisdom then goes on to explain how a little foolishness can harm life. (Ecclesiastes 10:1-11). Pixabay A Little Folly — verse 2. The heart of … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 10: The Stench of Folly and the Perfume of Christ

Ozzie Observations – Week 10 – Os Guinness and the Future of Humanity

Last night I had the privilege of gathering with a couple of hundred others in the centre of Sydney to hear Os Guinness give the Smith lecture on the future of humanity.   It was a gathering of the great and good in Sydney evangelicalism – from the Archbishop to the former Vice Prime Minister…It was an incredibly encouraging event organised by City Bible Forum. The … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 10 – Os Guinness and the Future of Humanity

How Bishop Curry’s Sermon Revealed the Four Evangelical Tribes

The following is an extended version of an article I published yesterday on Christian Today.  After I wrote about the Royal Wedding I was faced with two direct challenges/accusations – can you do any better (what would you write)?  And what do you mean that this sermon has indicated the faultlines in Western Evangelicalism? I will get to the former later – but I have … Continue reading How Bishop Curry’s Sermon Revealed the Four Evangelical Tribes

Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

This article was published on Christian Today I wonder whether, if at school we offered a class entitled Wisdom 101, there would be any takers? It seems as though education in the West has shifted from teaching students the basics of how to think (literacy, philosophy, language, numeracy, reason and logic) to teaching them what to think. Education used to be a case of cramming … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

Ozzie Observations – Week 9 – The Brisbane Boys (and girls)…

We will take a wee break from WeddingGate (I still have the challenge to fulfill of writing my own version of the sermon!) but before we go on to consider some lessons learned from a wonderful couple of days in Brisbane, I have to share this with you – Rod Liddle at his hilarious best – https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/05/is-meghans-wedding-our-obama-moment-lets-hope-not/ The whole thing is perceptive, provocative and laugh-out-loud … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 9 – The Brisbane Boys (and girls)…

Right Royal Preaching

I was preaching at a Chinese Presbyterian Church conference in Sydney this morning, and was immediately asked what I thought about the Royal Wedding (which some of them had stayed up to watch the night before). We had an interesting discussion.   I will keep my thoughts for later, but in particular they wanted to know what I thought of THAT sermon.  Again I will have … Continue reading Right Royal Preaching

Ecclesiastes 9: Time and chance, and why we can’t always get what we want

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: Time and chance, and why we can’t always get what we want