Todays Christian Today Article There appears to be an epidemic of abuse in today’s world. Whether its Jimmy Saville and the BBC, Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood, Oxfam and the charities industry, or the apparently endless stories of abuse within the Christian church, it seems as though hardly a day goes by without a new revelation … More The crime of spiritual abuse: One of the most dangerous ideas in decades
After spending a great deal of time discussing and debating the pros and cons of same sex marriage, first of all being assured it wouldn’t happen (after all, we already had civil partnerships) then being assured it wouldn’t affect anyone, I received a letter from Her Majesty’s Government. To be precise, from the office of … More Polyamory and polygamy – the next big social change?
(this was first published on the Christian Today website) Rachael Denhollander is my new heroine. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything quite as brave, compelling, articulate and gospel centered as her testimony in the Larry Nassar trial. But it’s what I read later in an interview the former gymnast gave to Christianity Today in the US … More Rachael Denhollander and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse in the Church
(An edited edition of this article was first published on Christian Today here – ) Since the government is the highest authority known to secular man, it must be the solution to every problem. Including the problem of loneliness. Thus Prime Minister Theresa May, in response to a report from the Jo Cox Commission, has appointed … More The Cure for Loneliness – the Cord of Three Strands – (Ecclesiastes 4:7-12)
This article was first published on the Affinity website Guest contributor David Robertson writes about a culture clash in the Scottish Western Isles reflecting a broader issue that has implications for us all… It used to be said that that only way for the Free Church of Scotland to get its views on any subject heard was to put … More The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?
An edited version of this article was published on the Premier Website – here. It was edited because of length, but I think the issue is so important that I should reproduce the whole article here. I wrote The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke and then this reply The Chalke Response Steve has refused to have a … More The Chalke Conversation – Agreement and Disagreement
This article is the latest in my Ecclesiastes series on Christian Today Jordan Peterson’s bestselling 12 Rules for Life is an unusual self-help book. It talks about sin and the fact that life actually is suffering. It doesn’t appear very cheerful – but it is realistic. It’s why I prefer the Blues to Britney – reality is … More Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression, envy and contentment
I’m not a big fan of self-help books. But in that I appear to be in a minority because they remain phenomenally popular, especially in airport bookshops. The latest in the genre comes from an unlikely source – a Canadian professor from the University of Toronto, clinical psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson. Dr Peterson has gathered … More Is Jordan Peterson the New Messiah?
This article first appeared on Christian Today Like my colleague Joseph Hartropp, I love the Netflix drama The Crown. It’s big budget, beautifully produced and the dialogue and plot are West Wing sharp. None more so than in episode six of season two, which features the relationship between the young Queen Elizabeth and the American evangelist Billy Graham, on … More The Queen and Billy Graham
This article first appeared on Christian Today – here It was a brilliant sermon. Passionate, clear, articulate, historical, personal, short and with strong application. Oprah was on fine form at the Golden Globes this week. And her speech has rightly been getting a lot of traction and praise. It was a superb performance, but more … More Why Oprah’s Golden Globes speech stands for the hope, hypocrisy and hubris of Hollywood