Three presidents, three affairs and a compromised church

Powerful men have often found that their power is itself a powerful aphrodisiac. Six decades ago President Jack Kennedy used his office and power to enable several affairs with different women. Kennedy was infamous for his sexual appetite, once boasting that he needed to have sex every day. Many in the church rightly condemned his behaviour. Two decades ago President Bill Clinton was accused of … Continue reading Three presidents, three affairs and a compromised church

Ecclesiastes 7 – Four dangers for today’s Christians

This weeks Ecclesiastes article first published on Christian Today  Having reflected on the way that we regard our times and look at life, in Ecclesiastes 7: 15-22 Solomon turns to some other conundrums of both ancient and contemporary life. He warns us of four dangers that really hit home today. Pixels 1. The danger of an unrealistic view of life It seems meaningless that the good die … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 7 – Four dangers for today’s Christians

What Happened on Easter Monday? Happy Dyngus Day!

What happened on Easter Monday? According to a couple of newspapers and a Christian website I read, nothing! But that cannot be true- after the drama of Good Friday, the depression of Black Saturday and the joy of Resurrection Sunday, what followed? Although in the UK we celebrate Easter Monday as a bank holiday that means little more than another day of work for most … Continue reading What Happened on Easter Monday? Happy Dyngus Day!

Ecclesiastes and Easter

Happy Easter!  This weeks column on Christian Today The Good Old Days. Remember them? Its Good Friday – remember when the whole country was religious and everything stopped on Good Friday? No? Me neither. I’m currently in Australia and a lot of the shops are closed on Good Friday. In the UK in most areas commercial activity carries on as before – indeed in many … Continue reading Ecclesiastes and Easter

An Easter Promise for Scotland – Article on Think Scotland

The following article was published on the Think Scotland website on Good Friday…I think this is the first time I have had something published on this site. article from Friday 30, March, 2018 REMEMBER WHEN Tony Blair was first elected Prime Minister?  As he entered Downing Street the strains of D:Ream’s Things can only get better wafted through the air in celebration.   Think of the promises … Continue reading An Easter Promise for Scotland – Article on Think Scotland

The Power of Hate

Society is awash with hatred, but love is stronger A strong contender for word of the year for 2018 is already ‘hate’. Every day we hear about hate speech, hate groups and numerous slogans along the line of ‘love trumps hate’. In this regard I was intrigued by a proposal from the city of Hamilton in Canada to ban ‘hate groups’. The trouble is how one defines … Continue reading The Power of Hate

Which is Better? A Party or a Funeral? Ecclesiastes 7

This weeks column from Christian Today on Ecclesiastes 7  One of the problems with modern life is the misuse of the English language. The way that words change or are used in different ways fits well with Solomon’s assertion that everything is meaningless. One such word is ‘extremist’. We think we know what it means, but it has become a term of insult and of … Continue reading Which is Better? A Party or a Funeral? Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 6 – Out of the Shadows into the Light.

It’s hard to accept we live in the Shadowlands – as we saw last week – when we have such seemingly concrete realities in our everyday lives. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage Solomon reflects further on what we can see, taste and feel all around us every day. Pexels Taste: We work to eat. ‘The labourer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on’ (Proverbs 16:26). We … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 6 – Out of the Shadows into the Light.

David Suchet has fallen for the trap of believing doctrine is divisive and doesn’t matter

This article first appeared on the Premier website here – By: David Robertson | 13th March 2018 The voice of the NIV audio Bible has admitted moving away from “organised religion” through making a new documentary on the three Abrahamic religions. David Robertson responds    David Suchet is a big part of my life. Every day I hear his voice – not because I am an Agatha Christie fanatic endlessly … Continue reading David Suchet has fallen for the trap of believing doctrine is divisive and doesn’t matter

‘A Vicar’s Life’: Is this really a picture of the UK church?

A few things will be changing on this blog over the next three months when I am on sabbatical.  I won’t be giving it up but some of the regular series  will be stopping.  I will be taking a break from Light Engaging Darkness, Quantum of Solas and the St Peters sermons/news.   These will all hopefully resume in July.   I will be continuing with the … Continue reading ‘A Vicar’s Life’: Is this really a picture of the UK church?