A Tale of Two Cathedrals.

Norwich Cathedral has found a novel way to get into the news. As reported throughout the press, the Cathedral installed a Helter Skelter in order to attract people.   “It’s certainly not a gimmick – its fun but it’s meant to get people thinking about the meaning of life” Another City – Another Cathedral – Another Christianity A couple of Sundays ago I went to … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cathedrals.

Out of the darkness: Is the secularist faith in decline?

Sometimes you get read a post that astonishes and encourages.  One such was yesterday when an old sparring partner from the Scottish Secular Society (someone who I also respect), Spencer Fildes wrote a message on his FB page stating amongst other things “Secularism is a myth” .  The fact that a former vice chair of the Secular Society could write this set me thinking – … Continue reading Out of the darkness: Is the secularist faith in decline?

Churches – Where is Your Athens?

This interview appeared in Christian Today here at the weekend. Churches, where is your Athens? Staff writer  Sun 28 Jul 2019 7:04 BST David Robertson (c) with his family in Scotland before making the big move to Sydney, Australia(Photo: David Robertson) For 27 years, David Robertson was pastor of St Peter’s Church in Dundee but thanks to a popular blog – the Wee Flea – and regular media … Continue reading Churches – Where is Your Athens?

‘Daddy’ Driscoll

Mark Driscoll is back!  Only this time it is a new anti-Calvinist incarnation of the ‘look at me, I’m controversial’ preacher.  For those of you who don’t know of Mark – one of the most influential preachers of the past 25 years – here is a brief recap… I met Mark in 2008, in my first stint as editor of the Record…Dissing Driscoll – some … Continue reading ‘Daddy’ Driscoll

CFP Interview Part 2 – The Church in Scotland and Australia

As we continue with the torment of packing up and unpicking 27 years in the one house, serving the one Church,  it’s interesting that I have been asked to do several interviews over the past few day.  One of which was with CFP – part one was a short interview about A.S.K and the other is this one – reflecting on the Church in Scotland and … Continue reading CFP Interview Part 2 – The Church in Scotland and Australia

The Religious Thought Police are Here

This weeks column in Christian Today – for the original click here – The Religious Thought Police Are Here The Saudi religious police, like their Iranian equivalents, have a duty of Hisbah, enjoining good and preventing wrong. To many Western eyes it seems, and is, an authoritarian attempt to enforce doctrine and practice. It could never happen here – or could it? Last week I was … Continue reading The Religious Thought Police are Here

Romans 14; Romans 15:1-13; Grace

Last Sunday we continued to look at Romans…Romans 14 in the morning (Communion) and Romans 15: 1-13 in the evening. Morning Service: Songs: Great is the Lord and Most Worthy of all Praise; Indescribable; Man of Sorrows (Hillsong); Ps 119:153-160; May the Mind of Christ my Saviour; Ps 24:7-10 Readings: Acts 25:13-27; Psalm 119:153-160 Sermon: Romans 14 – The weak and the strong Richard Baxter … Continue reading Romans 14; Romans 15:1-13; Grace

Quantum of Hope 44 – Australian ‘miracle’; EU Election; Naomi Wolf; Trans and Feminism; Todd Coontz; Virtual Church; The Oldest Bible Ms; Chick-Fil-A

Welcome to this weeks Quantum of Hope – Was the election of Scott Morrison a ‘miracle’?  Should Boris Johnson be taken to court for the EU referendum?   Is the Indian election good for Christians?  What is happening with Israeli politics.? A Canadian Feminist brings some sense to the trans debate in Scotland. A Church of England vicar, John Parker, takes a costly stance against the … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 44 – Australian ‘miracle’; EU Election; Naomi Wolf; Trans and Feminism; Todd Coontz; Virtual Church; The Oldest Bible Ms; Chick-Fil-A

Go West: is the American Church the answer to the UK Church’s problems?

This weeks article on Christian Today – you can read the original here –  Go West: is the American Church the answer to the UK Church’s problems? (Photo: Unsplash/Travis Gergen) “Over paid, over sexed and over here” was one common saying concerning the American GI’s during the Second World War. I doubt that this is the appropriate description for the growing number of American missionaries … Continue reading Go West: is the American Church the answer to the UK Church’s problems?

Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight

This weeks Quantum is the second part of our review of what we do.  Last week we looked at society.  This week we look at the church.  Joel Osteen and Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne; And the wonderful Sinclair Ferguson – watch this clip! Then we have a look at both the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight