It was wonderful to hear that Songs of Praise, the flagship BBC religious programme, was to come from the Island of Lewis – the home island of my wife and apparently more significantly the home island of President-Elect Donald Trumps mother. I looked forward to hearing some Gaelic psalm singing, traditional hymns and perhaps … More Songs of Praise, the Island of Lewis, Donald Trump and the Religion of the BBC
(note: I am more than happy for people who disagree with this article to comment below – however I need to stress that I will not publish comments which are full of vitriolic abuse and foul language – whether you agree or not. I am sorry to record that I have received a number of … More A Cry in the Dark? Dear Meryl…
Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. … More What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..
Write On A Few Personal End of Year Reflections about Writing I am going to take a wee break from writing and for those who read this blog I thought I would seek your advice. I began writing a few years ago. Or should I say that I began writing in public a few years … More Write On? – Advice sought….
Your Royal Highness, I am writing to you to thank you for your Thought for the Day as given on BBC Radio 4 yesterday. I appreciate what you said and also the manner in which you said it. I remember the kindness you showed to a woman in my former congregation, Brora Free Church. Megan Boyd … More A Christmas Open Letter to His Royal Highness – Prince Charles
This was published in the Scotsman today – you can read the original Here The Headline was somewhat bizarrely – “When Jesus Christ was conscripted for the War Effort” – which was not what I was saying….Here is the complete text of what I originally wrote… It’s Time for Nicola Sturgeon to Call a National Day … More Its Time for Nicola Sturgeon to Call A National Day of Prayer
This weeks Revelation column in Christian Today – you can read the original Here It’s Advent. As a Scots Highland Presbyterian I was vaguely aware of the word but didn’t really know what it meant – and it certainly meant nothing in my church. In fact it may come as a shock to those who regard … More Advent – Judgement and Hope – Revelation ch.6
Here is this weeks column in Christian Today….It is interesting that for the past couple of weeks one of the editors has published articles teaching God is not in control. My column is a commentary on Revelation 5 linking it to current affairs. It is not intended as a direct rebuttal, but it ends up … More Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’
Nine years ago I wrote The Dawkins Letters.…it was a book written by an unknown Presbyterian minister in a small Scottish church and yet the Lord has been pleased to use it. It has been a joy to hear of people who have been helped and some even brought to Christ through it. … More The Dawkins Letters – A Finnish Appreciation
This article first appeared on Premier Christian Blog I kind of expected it, but it still astounds me how some Christians react to something I regard as basic, biblical and obvious. But fascinating to see…what is your reaction? For interest my initial title was “The BBC and the Trojan Horse of Islam” .. Why the BBC … More Why the BBC should not Broadcast Muslim Prayer