Revival, Renewal and Reformation in Lewis and Harris

Annabel and I have just returned from a lovely weekend on the Blessed Isles – Lewis and Harris – where I was speaking at the Harris Bible Conference, along with Roger Simpson the Anglican  evangelist (now in York but better known to Scots as the former pastor of St P’s and G’s in Edinburgh).    We really did have a wonderful weekend – encouraging and … Continue reading Revival, Renewal and Reformation in Lewis and Harris

Blackmail and the Gospel

Last year I received the following lovely e-mail…. On 21 November 2018 at 13:41:06, chowjjjj@netvigator.com (chowjjjj@netvigator.com) wrote: Hi, David If you’ve recently been much more careful, you would not have received this message. I really do not consider that cheating is a rare issue, but if your partner discovers regarding it, and also all your family, buddies on The facebook in conjunction with images and … Continue reading Blackmail and the Gospel

The Best a Man Can Be?

Are you old enough to remember this ad? It’s now been changed into this video which was on all news bulletins yesterday and has been subject to a considerable amount of negative reaction (as well as those who love it). When I heard about it I was prepared to hate it and get outraged….but in many ways I thought it was excellent.   There is a … Continue reading The Best a Man Can Be?

“The Use of Faith in a time of Reproaches and Persecution” – A New Years Day Sermon for 2019

Happy New Year! As we enter a New Year I want to share a wonderful sermon that John Owen preached on the 30th of April 1680.  It is especially relevant to church, culture and context of today.  A great message for New Years Day.  We don’t know what is going to happen in the year ahead – and the trajectory for the church in the … Continue reading “The Use of Faith in a time of Reproaches and Persecution” – A New Years Day Sermon for 2019

All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)

A New Years Message for the Church and Society… New Year is as good a time as any to think about new beginnings. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2019, whether at an individual, community or government level, many of us would love to start anew again. Renewal is a great idea. And so is re-formation. I would love to … Continue reading All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)

Boxing Day, Babette’s Feast, Masterchef and Chrysostom on the Lusts of Luxurious Living!

In the United Kingdom (and in some other countries – notably those that used to be part of the British Empire) the day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day.  This is probably because it was a day when tradesmen and servants were given ‘Christmas Boxes’ by those they served.  Others think it may have been called Boxing Day because it became a day of … Continue reading Boxing Day, Babette’s Feast, Masterchef and Chrysostom on the Lusts of Luxurious Living!

Quantum 21: Banned from the Mall; Swimming in Stornoway; Referendums; Was Jesus Funny? Saudi Arabia and Yemen; Mary’s Boy Child; The Chinese Church

Welcome to the Christmas Quantum – 1) Christmas at Thistle shopping mall in Stirling – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXqBd3Wi7Mk&feature=youtu.be 2) Stornoway Sabbath Swimming – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001kfh https://posttenebraslux.co.uk/2018/12/18/journalism-satan-and-sunday-opening/ 3) Referendums – Ireland abortion – https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001mmm 4)Was Jesus funny? https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001md1 5) Saudi Arabia and Yemen – https://unherd.com/2018/12/how-britain-profits-from-yemens-pain/ 6) Mary’s Boychild – 7) The Chinese Church – https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/I-will-be-executed-but-I-will-not-plead-guilty.-Read-this-astonishing-letter-by-an-imprisoned-Chinese-pastor?utm_source=Premier%20Christian%20Media&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=10130517_Ignite%2018%2F12%2F18&utm_content=Chinese%20pastor&dm_i=16DQ,614R9,KFBMV3,NNFLE,1 Missed Last weeks?   Quantum 20- Dr Dennis Mugwabe; Brexit; Censorship and Hate Speech; Transgender … Continue reading Quantum 21: Banned from the Mall; Swimming in Stornoway; Referendums; Was Jesus Funny? Saudi Arabia and Yemen; Mary’s Boy Child; The Chinese Church

The Providence of God and a Thankful 7-Year Anniversary

Out of the Depths, I Cry to You, O Lord Seven years ago on the 19th of December I was allowed to go home after a serious illness, which brought me to the point of death.  https://theweeflea.com/2015/01/01/the-shelter-of-the-most-high-new-year-old-hope-a-personal-testimony/ Each year on that anniversary I stop to remember and give thanks to God for his goodness to me and for the opportunity given to serve Him, be … Continue reading The Providence of God and a Thankful 7-Year Anniversary