One of the great things about John Owen is that he is preeminently a theologian of the Holy Spirit. This morning I read his comments on the ministry of the Spirit in the church. Without that we are just dead – whatever our outward form. I wonder as we go to worship this morning … More Owen on The Presence of Christ, Sermons on John 10 and Ephesians 2, Song – Psalm 43
Light Engaging Darkness 12 – Because I hope to be on a break when this goes out I thought I would ‘schedule’ a wee bit different ‘LED’…. this week we are going to look at some of the major issues facing the church rather than the culture. The Scottish Episcopal Church. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/09/27/scottish-church-faces-consequences-vote-allow-same-sex-marriage/ I have some … More Led 12 – The Scottish Episcopal Church – Archbishop Welby – Peter Hitchens Category Error – The Denver Statement – Wilton Park and Government Religion – Christy Wimber – Tom Petty
Light Engaging Darkness 5 – 1) Feel the Hate – Barcleona, Finland and Charlottesville – The world seems full of violence and hate. one person killed in Charlottesville by a far right extremist, another two in Finland and 14 in Barcelona by Islamists. What has astounded me, and it really shouldn’t because now we … More LED 5 – Barcelona, Charlottesville – Glasgow Pride – Love is Love – Sarah Champion – The Real Modern Slavery – Google’s Tolerance – Endeavour – Is the Church like an Empty Whisky Bottle? – Kris Kristofferson
I have been arguing for years that our society is becoming more intolerant, not less and that in rejecting our Christian roots we will end up rejecting our Christian fruits (including tolerance). I have tried, often without success, to get this message, into the secular media – but occasionally there are shafts of light … More Kevin McKenna – It is time to stand up to those who wish to criminalise faith – article in The Herald
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