Was Churchill the Greatest Briton?

This is an old article I wrote about Churchill – which I was reminded of as I was working through old papers.   It still seems relevant today (although it was written in 2003)  Churchill – The Greatest Briton?  I have just returned from a great holiday in the Netherlands.  No computer. No TV. No phone (apart from the occasional mobile – yes I am one … Continue reading Was Churchill the Greatest Briton?

Vicar ‘under Investigation’ for Quoting The Wee Flea!

Sometimes a story arises which is so indicative of our culture and so important in its implications that it deserves an immediate response.  The Daily Telegraph, the Yorkshire Post and the Daily Mirror all carried this story about Rev. Peter Hughes.    Peter quoted extensively (as did The Mirror)  from my article Parents Take Back Control – The April Record Editorial which he read on this blog.  … Continue reading Vicar ‘under Investigation’ for Quoting The Wee Flea!

Debate Night Reflections – Trump and Strathclyde Uni

On Sunday evening I had the privilege of taking part in BBC Scotland’s Debate Night.  Another one off the bucket list (actually it’s Questiontime I really want – but this was a start!)….It was an interesting experience – you can watch the whole show here or it is being repeated on BBC Scotland tonight at 11pm. I was impressed with the professionalism of the BBC staff … Continue reading Debate Night Reflections – Trump and Strathclyde Uni

Justice for Sale

This weeks column in Christian Today – As Boris Johnson is Summoned to Court, we should all be worried. I had originally entitled it Justice for Sale….and prefer that title!  Pixabay/pedroivo   There are some things you don’t miss until you have lost them. Good health is most noticed when you don’t have it. Likewise growing up in a Western liberal democracy I suspect that … Continue reading Justice for Sale

Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight

This weeks Quantum is the second part of our review of what we do.  Last week we looked at society.  This week we look at the church.  Joel Osteen and Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne; And the wonderful Sinclair Ferguson – watch this clip! Then we have a look at both the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight

I Hate ‘Hate Speech’

This is a slightly amended version of my latest post in Christian Today – you can read the original here..   This is an important subject for us all to grasp…please do feel free to spread this article around…(if you agree!)   (Photo: Unsplash/Matt Botsford) After the Second World War, Soviet Russia was determined to have the concept of ‘hate speech’ enshrined in international legislation. They … Continue reading I Hate ‘Hate Speech’

Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

This week’s Quantum marks a change in how we do things.   We will continue to look at what is going on in the world; the good, the bad and the ugly – but there is a danger that just pointing things out can leave one with a sense of despair and turn into a kind of rant about how we are all doomed!  I don’t … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

The Brexit Party and the EU elections

We live in strange and momentous times.   An extraordinary opinion poll this past weekend showed The Brexit Party gaining more votes than the conservatives and Labour combined.   And this was not an outlier. Why is this happening?  There is a genuine upset and anger of the politicians to deliver what they promised.  They promised that our votes would matter and that the results of the referendum would … Continue reading The Brexit Party and the EU elections

Quantum 41 – Archie; Abortion; Persecuting Christians; Asia Bibi; Folau; FB Bans; Extinction; Rachel Held-Evans; Trans; Israel in Germany; Brian Soutar; Champions League; Gafcon Quantum 41 –

This weeks Quantum (click the link above) welcomes Prince Archie and constrasts the joy of new birth with the horror of those who exult and boast in abortion.  The Western world seems to be finally waking up to the extent of persecution of Christians – but is reluctant to see the elephant in the room – that the majority of persecution of Christians occurs in Islamic … Continue reading Quantum 41 – Archie; Abortion; Persecuting Christians; Asia Bibi; Folau; FB Bans; Extinction; Rachel Held-Evans; Trans; Israel in Germany; Brian Soutar; Champions League; Gafcon Quantum 41 –

Is Britain Breaking Up?

(Photo: A Perry) Is Britain about to break up? The argument is being made more frequently by the commentariat in London and Manchester – especially those who are opposed to Brexit. ‘Look’ they say, “Brexit will mean the break up of Britain” and this, along with the other apocalyptic predictions ‘planes will stop flying, the NHS will collapse, the end of civilization as we know … Continue reading Is Britain Breaking Up?