Many non-Christians have ethics but are also frightened that we are seeking to impose our strict ethical system upon them, while at the same time being hypocrites ourselves. For that reason, many Christians tend to shy away from ethics when seeking to communicate the gospel. This session looks like we are avoiding the traps of morality and accusations of political power-seeking whilst we are still … Continue reading Persuasive Ethics
Yesterday we saw how politicians who pass laws which go against Christian social teaching and then promise that of course we will still be free to express disagreement are not to be trusted. They are incapable of keeping that promise. Today I want to show further where this is leading. I have been suggesting for some time that the acceptance of different social teachings to … Continue reading Revelation TV fined for Homophobia
Art is one of the great unexplored areas for use in evangelism….Picasso said that ‘art is the lie that leads to the truth’. Human beings are artists, because we are made in the image of the great artist. By taking a broad sweep of modern European art (with particular reference to Picasso, Van Gogh, Kandinsky and Chagall) we want to show how art sometime reflects … Continue reading Persuasive Art
Yesterdays post was an eye-opener to several people – thanks for your feedback. But the half was not told. Here are a few other snippets of news that show where we are going. Mainstream churches who compromise with the culture have lost the plot and are paying the price. The PCUSA lost 5% of its membership last year and closed over 150 churches. They have … Continue reading PCUSA; PCI and the C of S; the ABC and the EU; Academics and Paedophilia; the Supreme Court and the Bakers.
Its been a while since I had a look at how Brexit is going. It seems as though all the forces of the Establishment are being gathered to try and prevent any meaningful Brexit – which would be a shame – not least because it would be a negation of UK democracy and would bind the UK to failing institution. This week I was speaking … Continue reading EU Pushes Italy to the Brink
The following is an extended version of an article I published yesterday on Christian Today. After I wrote about the Royal Wedding I was faced with two direct challenges/accusations – can you do any better (what would you write)? And what do you mean that this sermon has indicated the faultlines in Western Evangelicalism? I will get to the former later – but I have … Continue reading How Bishop Curry’s Sermon Revealed the Four Evangelical Tribes
A number of times I have used the phrase ‘cultural Marxism’. After my piece on why we should not celebrate the birth of Karl Marx went viral I was asked what this phrase means? It is actually very important and helps explain some quite extraordinary goings on in British (and indeed American and European politics). Working Class Tories and Chardonnay Socialists This week a poll … Continue reading The Key to Understanding Contemporary Western Society (and whats happening in UK politics today)
This is a brief 3 min answer to a difficult question….hope it is helpful to stimulate thinking and evangelism….in the light of last weeks article – Does Jesus Dislike Evangelism? How Can Christians Engage Non-Christians? Continue reading What is the difference between first and twenty-first century evangelism in Europe?
What happened on Easter Monday? According to a couple of newspapers and a Christian website I read, nothing! But that cannot be true- after the drama of Good Friday, the depression of Black Saturday and the joy of Resurrection Sunday, what followed? Although in the UK we celebrate Easter Monday as a bank holiday that means little more than another day of work for most … Continue reading What Happened on Easter Monday? Happy Dyngus Day!
Nothing illustrates the desperate state of UK and Scottish politics than this weeks wrangle about the place of the fishing communities in the Brexit negotiations. The story is simple, and the reactions have largely been simplistic. The Promise The simple story is that UK fisheries were handed over to the EU when we joined in 1973. One of the great advantages of Brexit was to … Continue reading The Great Betrayal – Fishing, the EU and the Scottish and UK Governments