Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

Back in the UK Tim Keller is in town amongst other things at the National Prayer Breakfast – giving what one FC minister described as a “robust and Christ-centred defence of the gospel before Prime Minister, MPs and clergy. A great encouragement and motivation to pray for our nation”.  Brilliant! It’s always good to listen to Tim who never fails to be challenging and stimulating.  … Continue reading Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

Beware the Promises of Politicians

People have always been cynical and somewhat dismissive about the promises of politicians – sometimes with good reason.  Such cynicism however creates real problems in a democracy and opens the door to the kind of disillusionment that feeds more extreme forces. But there is one area where politicians in the UK government and the Scottish government (and also the US and Australian governments).  Whenever a … Continue reading Beware the Promises of Politicians

Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

There are a number of stories that have come up which show just how far down the rabbit hole to cultural madness we have gone.  I will leave the ones from Australia for another time – but here are a few from the rest of the English speaking West….. London Cyclists are too white, male and middle class.  According to The Independent“Too few women and … Continue reading Its a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

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

Evangelism in Todays Culture – Interview with Mark Baddeley

One of the great things about going to Brisbane and Queensland Theological College  was meeting one of the lecturers Mark Baddeley – he is a stimulating and fascinating person with a great deal to teach.  I loved his interview technique and his ability to push back.  Here is a short video they made of a discussion we had.  Enjoy…   Ozzie Observations – Week 9 – … Continue reading Evangelism in Todays Culture – Interview with Mark Baddeley

The Irish Referendum – the Repercussions

When it became clear that the death warrant for hundreds of thousands of Irish babies was about to be signed, it broke my heart.  When I saw the grotesque pictures of people dancing in the streets in celebration it was like a scene out of Dante’s Inferno. My article yesterday Ireland Regresses; Sunday, Bloody Sunday  has been widely circulated and got the predictable response – although with … Continue reading The Irish Referendum – the Repercussions

Ireland Regresses; Sunday, Bloody Sunday

There has been much rejoicing in Ireland over the result of a referendum. Large crowds gathered in Dublin city centre. A party was in full swing in Dublin Castle. Groups of cheering and clapping people were at the airport to cheer on those who had flown back especially to vote. “Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was also greeted by cheers when he arrived as was Ailbhe Smyth … Continue reading Ireland Regresses; Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Ravi praises, Curry explains and Cranmer Spins…

Wedding Gate continues. The sermon that divides continues to do so. Because this is such an important issue in the Western Church, and because it has revealed deep fault lines within evangelicalism, I intend to continue to look at this for the rest of the week. Broad evangelicals have been broadly welcome of the sermon and largely unwelcoming of those who criticise it. Amongst others … Continue reading Ravi praises, Curry explains and Cranmer Spins…

The Wedding, the Sermon and the Reaction – Article on Christian Today

Before I go on to share the article I wrote for Christian Today I have to share from a really heavy heart.  This has turned out to be far more significant than I thought.  I listened to a man who denies the Gospel,  preach a Gospel that was no gospel at all and wrote an article about it.  As a result I received a barrage … Continue reading The Wedding, the Sermon and the Reaction – Article on Christian Today