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
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….
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
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)
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 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?
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
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
My biggest problem with this weeks Light Engaging Darkness is what to leave out….there is so much going on…..but I hope the following selection is helpful to you…. Lets begin with the biggest story of the week (at least on the BBC where five days in a row it was the headline story. 1) Harvey Weinstein The fall of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is … Continue reading LED 13 – Harvey Weinstein – Juncker in a bar – Bertrand Cantat – Freedom to Steal in London – Flu and Sexual Orientation – The 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act – Thomas the Tank Engine – The Threat to Freedom of Speech – Juan Mata
6am. It’s another beautiful day. The sun is out in bonny Dundee and I am stuck on a hospital bed staring out of the window! Time for some reading and some listening. Earphones, an Iphone and Good Morning Scotland from the BBC on the radio. That should pass the time.! In hospital this time they have been concerned to get my blood pressure to rise … Continue reading Does the BBC Reflect or Shape our Society?