Church youth groups rarely teach apologetics, majoring instead on games & goodies. The goal seems to be to engineer events that ratchet up emotional commitment, as though sheer intensity of experience will compensate for intellectual doubts. But emotional intensity is not enough to block out teens’ questions. If anything, it leads them to redefine Christianity in purely emotional terms – which leaves them even more … Continue reading Teenage Devotional/Apologetic Book
The Lords timing is perfect! In the providence of God it appears as though he has arranged for myself and Annabel to head on sabbatical at just the right time. As the son of The Beast from the East arrives in the UK we will be heading East to Australia. Its not just the physical storm we will be leaving. I am deeply conscious of the … Continue reading The Eye of the Storm – The Transgender Backlash and the Timing of the Lord
Billy Graham This week has been a significant week because of the death of Billy Graham – much has been written about him – most of it positive (although a few religious people and militant atheists have done their best to stick the boot in!) perhaps this from the New York Times is the best from a secular perspective. I also thought this article … Continue reading LED 25 – Billy Graham; Is the Netherlands a Narco State?; Dundee- the Death Drugs Capital; The Thought Police and Center Parcs; Apple Removes Easter; The Post; Google and the end of Science.
Welcome to LED no. 24….as always we try to bring you a mixture of articles and comments, which illustrate and illuminate the world we live in. The Oxfam Scandal – The stories about Oxfam (and other large charities) are appalling. It’s not just that Oxfam workers engaged in sexual abuse but that Oxfam knew and attempted to cover up. What intrigues me about this is … Continue reading LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.
Last night in Portstewart Arts centre we had a good Q and A on Church and Culture- tonight I hope to do the same in Bushmills Presbyterian Church. Here is a discussion we had on the same subject on TransWorld Radip a couple of weeks ago…. Continue reading Church and Culture – A Discussion on Trans World Radio
This article was first published on the Affinity website Guest contributor David Robertson writes about a culture clash in the Scottish Western Isles reflecting a broader issue that has implications for us all… It used to be said that that only way for the Free Church of Scotland to get its views on any subject heard was to put out a press release stating “Free Church says don’t drop … Continue reading The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?
Everyone seems to love ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri’. It’s the reviewers’ favourite for several Oscars and it would not be too much of a surprise if it won best picture (it already won the Golden Globes for best drama). You can understand why. The screenplay from the Irish writer Martin McDonagh is razor sharp; the performances from the actors stunning (especially Frances McDormand as … Continue reading Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri – A Brilliant Film. I Hated It!
This article first appeared on Christian Today – here It was a brilliant sermon. Passionate, clear, articulate, historical, personal, short and with strong application. Oprah was on fine form at the Golden Globes this week. And her speech has rightly been getting a lot of traction and praise. It was a superb performance, but more than that, I think she meant it. And there was … Continue reading Why Oprah’s Golden Globes speech stands for the hope, hypocrisy and hubris of Hollywood
Five years ago I did an interview with Marcus Brigstocke on Premier’s ‘Unbelievable’ It is one of the favourite programmes I have ever been involved with….as we discussed comedy and Christianity and why Marcus finds its hard to believe…. I don’t think I have put it on the blog before so as a Boxing Day treat here is that interview. Continue reading Boxing Day Special – Interview with Marcus Brigstocke
This article first appeared on Premier Christianity – you can get the original and see the comments here The BBC must remember its Christian roots and stop mocking evangelicals By: David Robertson | 20th December 2017 The BBC has moved away from its Christian beginnings, says David Robertson I love the BBC – its part of our history and part of my daily routine. Britain without the BBC … Continue reading The BBC must remember its Christian roots and stop mocking evangelicals – Article on Premier Christianity