On Friday I had the privilege of doing another ‘Unbelievable’ programme with Justin Brierley. The other guest was Jonathan Bartley, founder of Ecclesia and co-leader of the Green Party in England and Wales – another professing Christian. We were there to discuss whether, in the light of the Tim Farron affair, Christians are being excluded … More Unbelievable – A Depressing Conversation with Jonathan Bartley
As expected my article on Premier answering Steve Chalke’s accusations against both the Bible and the church got a fierce response. These responses teach us a great deal about the church in the UK today and our weaknesses. Chalke himself has responded (in a way). The Heresy Hunters Firstly there are those who welcomed the … More The Chalke Response
As I was preparing to preach on Romans 4 for this morning I was struck by these words from verse three – “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” I read in the commentaries the emphasis on the fact that Paul regarded the whole of the bible … More The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke
Light Engaging Darkness – 9 – 18th September 2017 I thought that I would not be able to do this weeks but in the mercy and providence of God, I got out of hospital early and so whilst I am recuperating – here are a few news items over the past week that caught my … More LED 9 – Nabeel Quershi – Death of the Church in UK? – Scottish Parliament ‘debates’ Christianity – Jacob Rees-Mogg – George Osbourne and the Death of Thersea May – The Other Side of the Rainbow – The McCain version of “Family”
It’s a sair fecht – as we say up here in Scotland! And that is certainly true of the Christian life and especially ministry. We expect opposition from the world, the devil and indeed from within the darkness of our own hearts – but what discourages me the most is when you get shot at … More Am I a Confused Heretic? A Response to Evangelical Times
Donald Macleod is the most brilliant theologian I have ever met. His writings are always stimulating, provocative and persuasive. His current blog post is no different. http://www.donaldmacleod.org.uk/dm/should-presbyterians-have-dedication-services/ However sometimes you have to wonder if Donald just had a day when he got out of bed on the wrong side! His current blog is supposed to … More The Downgrading of the Free Church – A Response to Donald Macleod.
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?
This article is now on the Premier Christianity website Dear Ricky, Loved your appearance on the Stephen Colbert show – two of my favourite entertainers discussing the most important subject in the world – what’s not to like?! I would like to answer some of the questions you raise in the clip below. I have … More Ricky Gervais v Stephen Colbert – The Real Answers- An Open Letter
In 2009 I did an outreach event with Kirkwall Baptist Church – I greatly enjoyed it. Part of it was a talk and discussion in a local hotel which was recorded by the BBC. I know they do things differently in the islands but even I did not expect it to take seven years before … More Debating Delusions in Orkney
Mike Rand is a former policeman. He is typical of millions of people today. Not anti-theist but someone who is open and seeking and has lots of questions. As you will notice when you listen to this dialogue we had on Unbelievable – Premier Christian Radio I loved being in the studio with Mike and Justin. … More Why Mike Can’t Believe – ‘Unbelievable’ Discussion