The Golden Chain (Romans 8:28-30), Predestination; Matthew 1; Monday Message and St Pauls

Last Sunday morning we looked at some ‘meat’…the Golden Chain of Romans 8:28-30 including the subject of predestination!  As you can imagine lots of questions afterwards…here is the whole service…you can get the sermon only from the St Peters website.   In my view it is so practical and helpful for Christians to grasp this – indeed, as in my own case, it is life changing. … Continue reading The Golden Chain (Romans 8:28-30), Predestination; Matthew 1; Monday Message and St Pauls

The Best Laid Plans….The Crisis in Scottish Higher Education.

The Joy of Edinburgh Uni I had a great time at Uni.   In between sports, friends, student politics and CU I even found time to do some history.   It was all a great education. And it was free. And as a farmworkers son I even got a maintenance grant. I well remember the first time I queued up after registration to get my £500 cheque. … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans….The Crisis in Scottish Higher Education.

CreationFest in Cornwall – A Festival for the whole UK

CreationFest in Cornwall – Some personal Reflections.  I once went on a Christian holiday (that is a holiday arranged by a Christian tour company for Christians) – it was nice but not my cup of tea and too expensive for this pastor! Apart from going to the Strathpeffer Convention in the Highlands when I was a teenager and speaking at a couple as an adult, … Continue reading CreationFest in Cornwall – A Festival for the whole UK

The Soft and Hard Intimidation of the Church – A revealing 24 Hours….

It’s been an intense but revealing 24 hours.  I have learned to an even greater extent just how deep the rot is in the contemporary church, and just how easy it is for us to be intimidated and bullied into silence. Let me set the background, then explain what happened yesterday, and then offer some analysis of what precisely is going on. Vicky Beeching brought … Continue reading The Soft and Hard Intimidation of the Church – A revealing 24 Hours….

LED 27 – President Trump in the UK; The Supreme Court; The World Cup and the EU; Diversity and Identity Politics; President Duterte; Thai Joy; Professor Carlos Frenk

President Trump  in the UK President Trump is in the UK this week and is receiving a mixed reception – as I wrote in this article there is a great deal of hypocrisy about this.  It’s somewhat hypocritical for those who lauded President Macron of France for welcoming President Trump for them to then turn round and complain about Prime Minister May doing so on a … Continue reading LED 27 – President Trump in the UK; The Supreme Court; The World Cup and the EU; Diversity and Identity Politics; President Duterte; Thai Joy; Professor Carlos Frenk

It’s Coming Home – What England’s World Cup Tells Us About England (and Scotland)

Remember this? And then last night this happened…   I have been reflecting on this because of my two reactions to both these events.  I rejoiced at both.  Firstly I was delighted that Southgate missed that penalty in 1996 not just because I suffered from ABE (Anyone But England) syndrome, but I just couldn’t stand the English commentators and the thought of having an England … Continue reading It’s Coming Home – What England’s World Cup Tells Us About England (and Scotland)

Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

Back in the UK Tim Keller is in town amongst other things at the National Prayer Breakfast – giving what one FC minister described as a “robust and Christ-centred defence of the gospel before Prime Minister, MPs and clergy. A great encouragement and motivation to pray for our nation”.  Brilliant! It’s always good to listen to Tim who never fails to be challenging and stimulating.  … Continue reading Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

‘A Vicar’s Life’: Is this really a picture of the UK church?

A few things will be changing on this blog over the next three months when I am on sabbatical.  I won’t be giving it up but some of the regular series  will be stopping.  I will be taking a break from Light Engaging Darkness, Quantum of Solas and the St Peters sermons/news.   These will all hopefully resume in July.   I will be continuing with the … Continue reading ‘A Vicar’s Life’: Is this really a picture of the UK church?

Secularists Attack the Church of England – Letters in The Courier

The NSS have been at it again – writing letters to moan about some aspect of Christian privilege….this time lambasting the BBC for daring to broadcast from Lambeth House and once again using the issue of alleged child abuse in order to pursue their real passion – attacking Christianity.   The following is their letter and my reply which was published yesterday. Sir, – Jenny Hjul … Continue reading Secularists Attack the Church of England – Letters in The Courier

Rod Liddle – Selfish Whining Monkeys.. A Review – Part 1

The subtitle of this book is how we ended up greedy, narcissistic and unhappy. It doesn’t sound cheerful reading! But it is absolutely brilliant. Liddle is a superb writer – humorous, observant, and biting. He does not write from a Christian perspective but there is much in here that I could resonate with.   One warning – one of the weak points about the book is … Continue reading Rod Liddle – Selfish Whining Monkeys.. A Review – Part 1