Book – Mary Queen of Scots – Antonia Fraser – 7/10 Given the recent film Mary Queen of Scots – Woke Movie of the Year I thought I would read this biography by one of my favourite writers – Antonia Fraser (her book on Cromwell was very influential in my life!). This is a superb book – although Fraser is clearly biased in favour of Mary … Continue reading Saturday Review 5 – Mary Queen of Scots (Book); The Last Survivors; The Harris Hotel; Macbook Air (2018); The Magic of Boney M
Book- Our Culture What’s Left Of It, the Mandarins and the Masses – Theodore Dalrymple This is a stunning book. A delight. “Dalrymple is a writer of genius: lucid, unsentimental, and profoundly honest…..He is one of the great essayists of our age” (Denis Dutton). I have no idea how I missed this book (which came out in 2005) but I am so glad I found it … Continue reading Saturday Review 4 – Our Culture, What’s Left Of It; Graham Norton; Brexit- A Love Story; Leonard Cohen; The Newport..
Each week this review looks at different aspects of culture Film: Mary Queen of Scots I have reviewed this film in more detail for the Spectator (in Australia) and will post it when they publish it next week. But for now let me summarise it in this way – This is a shallow, superficial and silly film – its not suitable for Christians (or anyone) … Continue reading Saturday Review 3 – Endeavour; Mary Queen of Scots; John Owen; Brendan O’Neill Podcast; The Bothy Band; Berties
This is the last Quantum for 2018. I wanted to do a review of the year but as I looked at the most popular blog posts for this year I realised that they covered most of the main issues so I thought I would combine the two. You can listen by clicking on the link below. (there is a fair amount of music in this … Continue reading Quantum 22 – 2018 – End of Year Review
The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls” As we come towards Christmas its time to reflect on two different pictures of this ‘special’ time of year. Tomorrow we will look at what the Real Christmas is about – but today let’s go with the fake. Santa’s Husband Of course Christmas as a ‘good’ thing is always being appropriated by … Continue reading The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”
Monday Janet and I discussed a number of topics – mostly from the latest Quantum CreationFest, Ashers, Hate Crimes, and more….including the origins of Country music, bluegrass and Gospel! “Hour 1: Cakes and Crimes Today we cover a variety of topics with our Dundee, Scotland pastor/blogger friend. From hate crimes to Christian bakers, we will discuss several issues of importance that challenge us to build … Continue reading Cakes and Crimes – In the Market with Janet Parshall
AirThis is an article I wrote 15 years ago…some people are worth remembering…I still listen to Mr Cash! Death is a strange thing. When people are close to us and we witness their death it is understandably something which profoundly affects us. On the other hand sometimes we hear of a death of someone from a distance, who we never knew, and yet it can … Continue reading The Man in Black
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)
This is a short reflection recorded in 2015 at ELF in Poland – I think its subject matter is more important than ever. This was not a scripted or pre-prepared interview…I was asked the question live and this is the unedited response. What do you think? “Rather than being salt and light in the culture, we end up inventing our own culture, which itself … Continue reading What’s the Danger of a Christian Ghetto Mentality? The Christian Music Scene….
One of the great strengths of Australian Christianity is its creativity. The most famous are of course Hillsong – who, to be fair, have provided some great music. But there is a little known group called City Alight from St Pauls, Castlehill Anglican Church in North Sydney who have produced some stunning songs which are very suitable for congregational worship. None more so than my … Continue reading Better than Hillsong – some great Aussie Worship Songs