1 Kings, Psalm 84, CreationFest, Communion and Johnny Cash – Worship from St Petes

Last Sunday Craig preached on 1 Kings 3-4 – it was the fullest I have ever seen the church.  Also great to have Katrina Nicholson with us…and Brian Broederson, Sarah Yardley and the team from CreationFest – after a great day of outreach on Saturday Songs: Great is the Darkness; Be Thou My Vision; Ps 23 (Townend); Ps 109:21-31; How Great Thou Art  (I thought the … Continue reading 1 Kings, Psalm 84, CreationFest, Communion and Johnny Cash – Worship from St Petes

A Personal Interview with Nancy Guthrie

One of the last things we did in Sydney was have lunch with a number of friends, 20 stories up in the centre of the city.  Nancy and David Guthrie were there – and Nancy took the opportunity to interview me for her podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible    She is a lovely person and a BRILLIANT interviewer.  She managed to get me to talk … Continue reading A Personal Interview with Nancy Guthrie

Quench – Coffee Shop Evangelism

One of the key questions Christians need to ask – as we seek to communicate the Good News of Jesus Christ – is where is the market place?  One of the things that we have found very helpful is what we call Quench – coffee shop evangelism.   Here is a talk on the subject  I gave at the Forum of Christian Leaders in Poland.   … Continue reading Quench – Coffee Shop Evangelism

“I AM WHO I SAY I AM” – Reflections on Dundee Pride

  After Perth Pride we have now had the Dundee version.  By all accounts Dundee Pride on Saturday was a great success – thousands of people from all over Scotland (according to the organisers 8,000) took part at some point.   It was well attended and well-funded – Sponsors included Lush, Tay FM, Explore Dundee, the Bank of Scotland,  Dundee University, Dundee City Council, Unison, Clarks Bakery, … Continue reading “I AM WHO I SAY I AM” – Reflections on Dundee Pride

Confessions of a Free Church Minister

For technical reasons we are not able to do the Quantum podcast this week – so instead I thought I would share this article that I wrote in 2005 – 13 years later it is fascinating to see that it has largely not dated – I think I would stand by everything in it – perhaps even more passionately today.  (its fascinating seeing some of … Continue reading Confessions of a Free Church Minister

Janet Parshall – Brexit, Memphis, New York, the Gender of God, the Decline of the Church and the Gospel in a post-Christian age

  As always I enjoyed this months discussion with Janet  –  covering Brexit, Scottish Independence,  Memphis, New York,  the Gender of God and the decline of the Church (especially the C of E)…and how to respond in a post -Christian culture…enjoy you  can listen to it on the Moody Radio Player here People ask why I do this?  Lots of reasons…but a couple of stories … Continue reading Janet Parshall – Brexit, Memphis, New York, the Gender of God, the Decline of the Church and the Gospel in a post-Christian age

The Witness of the Church – Premier Thought for the Day 9

This weeks thought for the day on Premier looks at the witness of the Church – This thought came from chapter nine of Magnificent Obsession  Here are some of the quotes from that chapter: “To say that men and women should not inject their ‘personal morality’ into public policy debates is a practical absurdity; our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of … Continue reading The Witness of the Church – Premier Thought for the Day 9

Principles of Psalm Singing

There have been many questions and a few objections to the article on why the whole church should sing psalms.  In todays  follow-up article we look at the main objections and then at some further practical principles to help us Sing Psalms. Objections to Singing Psalms They are OT – This is usually said by those who have a view of the Old Testament as some … Continue reading Principles of Psalm Singing

A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

There is a wonderful conference going on just now in Nashville – one that I would dearly love to be at! This could also be a revolutionary conference which may have a catalysing effect upon the whole American church. Keith Getty’s Sing will have 7,500 participants – mainly pastors and worship leaders. It will be addressed by people such as John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, John … Continue reading A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald

Faith no more: Questions over a liberal approach as Church of Scotland affiliation plummets In todays Herald there is yet again another article on the decline of the Church of Scotland….It reflects what we have been saying on this blog for years…. The full report is below….with some reflections afterwards. QUESTIONS have been raised about how the Church of Scotland’s more liberal approach will help public … Continue reading Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald