I am very worried about a Welsh Presbyterian goat farmer. Apparently Paul Levy, the International Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Ealing, keeps goats on a farm. And he is concerned about them. Paul is normally a jovial sort of person but apparently I recently ‘got on his goat’ so he wrote an article about how he … More When the Levy Breaks – Is Dedicating an Infant, Covenant Breaking?
It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843. I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people. But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach … More Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!
The World Reformed Fellowship asked if I would like to respond to a paper produced by the Presbyterian Church in American (PCA) on the question of the role of Women in Ministry. To be honest I was reluctant to do so but since they asked so nicely I wrote This It is more a personal and … More Women in Ministry – A Response to the PCA Report
There is a new ‘cool’ book in town! It’s a New York Times bestseller, endorsed by Russell Moore, Archbishop Charles J.Chaput, and, the ultimate accolade, Carl R.Trueman! How could I resist? Especially as it is subtitled “A strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation”. With such endorsements, and always wanting to stay up with … More Is the Benedict Option the Best Option for Today’s Church?
Imagine that God had given us a hymn book? – one with his words. One that revealed his character. One that expresses our emotions and hearts in words that the Holy Spirit inspires. One that speaks of and to Christ. One that is traditional, modern, post-modern and contemporary. One that is praise, lament, confession, rejoicing, … More The Prayer of the Weak and the Joy of Singing Psalms
David Robertson continues his Revelation series (This article was published in Christian Today on 2nd April – you can read the original Here) Do you, should you, have a lucky number? If Christians played the lottery I wonder what number we would use the most? Seven is apparently the one that is chosen by humans throughout … More The Lucky Number that gets you to Heaven – Revelation 15
“For too long the western church has occupied a throne and has abandoned the cross. The church has reigned as king instead of bowing as a servant.” John Caldwell’s statement is not new. In fact there is very little in this wee book that is new. You can find more detailed analysis of current cultural … More The Radical Church – Foreword and Review
“Does God call me to belong to a local church where the Word of God is not being taught?” That was one of the questions I have often been asked. I hope to have an occasional series looking at these kind of questions. To some the answer to this particular question is so obvious that … More Does God Call Me to Belong to a Local Church where the Word of God is not being Taught?
Last weeks Ten ‘Prophecies’ for Society/Culture in 2017 have already had a partial fulfilment. Israel, Trump and the SNP ruling out a second Indy Ref in 2017. But how will the Church of Jesus Christ fare in this coming year? Only the Lord knows. However I like to think ahead and watch trends. So here goes 1) … More Ten Prophecies re the Church in 2017
Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. … More What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..