Reflections on Sydney Anglicanism – An Interview with the Australian Church Record

This is an interview I did with The Australian Church Record – you can get the original by clicking here  I learned a great deal when in Sydney and I hope that some of this is helpful to the church – wherever you are! The ACR was privileged to hear from David Robertson, author of The Dawkins Letters and blogger at TheWeeFlea.com, on his recent visit to … Continue reading Reflections on Sydney Anglicanism – An Interview with the Australian Church Record

The Soft and Hard Intimidation of the Church – A revealing 24 Hours….

It’s been an intense but revealing 24 hours.  I have learned to an even greater extent just how deep the rot is in the contemporary church, and just how easy it is for us to be intimidated and bullied into silence. Let me set the background, then explain what happened yesterday, and then offer some analysis of what precisely is going on. Vicky Beeching brought … Continue reading The Soft and Hard Intimidation of the Church – A revealing 24 Hours….

3 reasons why the commercialisation of sexual politics is wrong

This is my latest article on Premier Christianity   (its always interesting to read the comments!) – I wrote it a couple of weeks ago and just assumed it was not going to be published – but it was yesterday…..There will come a day when if people like Vicky Beeching get her way these articles will not be allowed to be published – so enjoy them … Continue reading 3 reasons why the commercialisation of sexual politics is wrong

How Bishop Curry’s Sermon Revealed the Four Evangelical Tribes

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

Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

This article was published on Christian Today I wonder whether, if at school we offered a class entitled Wisdom 101, there would be any takers? It seems as though education in the West has shifted from teaching students the basics of how to think (literacy, philosophy, language, numeracy, reason and logic) to teaching them what to think. Education used to be a case of cramming … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

The Wedding, the Sermon and the Reaction – Article on Christian Today

Before I go on to share the article I wrote for Christian Today I have to share from a really heavy heart.  This has turned out to be far more significant than I thought.  I listened to a man who denies the Gospel,  preach a Gospel that was no gospel at all and wrote an article about it.  As a result I received a barrage … Continue reading The Wedding, the Sermon and the Reaction – Article on Christian Today

Ecclesiastes 9: Time and chance, and why we can’t always get what we want

I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favour to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all. Moreover, no one knows when their hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: Time and chance, and why we can’t always get what we want

An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

(Richard Dawkins is in Sydney this weekend so I issued this challenge to him on the Christian Today website)  Dear Professor Dawkins, Apologies for writing you another letter (remember The Dawkins Letters?) but you just don’t seem to be responding. It’s so funny how we don’t talk any more. Anyway, I hope you are well and fully recovered from your recent bout of illness (I would … Continue reading An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

Ecclesiastes 9: 4 biblical rules for enjoying life (and glorifying God)

This article was first published on the Christian Today website ‘How to live life’ books are always near the top of the bestseller charts. Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is still up there after many weeks. Some regard this as a modern fad, but as Solomon tells us, there is nothing new under the sun. Three thousand years before Jordan Peterson, Solomon offers his own rules … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: 4 biblical rules for enjoying life (and glorifying God)

Should Christians Celebrate the Birthday of Karl Marx?

Last week marked the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, born on the 5th of May 1818. It was an event marked in a positive way by amongst others, the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times (whose headline read ‘Happy Birthday Karl Marx, you were right’), and the Guardian columnist Owen Jones who tweeted; ‘Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx’. The Chinese sponsored a new statue of Marx … Continue reading Should Christians Celebrate the Birthday of Karl Marx?