I was greatly privileged to be allowed to speak at the FIEC leaders conference in Torquay. As I wrote here it was a stimulating and encouraging time. Here is the first of the seminars I gave – it was entitled ‘Apologetics in the Local Church’ although a better title would be ‘Persuasive Evangelism through the Local Church’. I hope it is helpful. (I hope to … Continue reading Persuasive Evangelism in The Local Church – FIEC Leaders Conference
This weeks Quantum…..enjoy… Brexit – – https://twitter.com/spikedonline/status/1062837927682732034?s=12 https://www.spectator.co.uk/2018/11/mays-deal-proves-one-thing-the-establishment-always-wins/ Asia Bibi – The UK and Australia – https://www.spiked-online.com/2018/11/05/the-abandonment-of-asia-bibi/#.W-BZT939QRg.facebook EXCLUSIVE: Did we just kowtow to terror? After last week? Radio 4 –https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0001282 Dame Jenny Murray – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-oxfordshire-46139085 Stephen Jardine…TIE… https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00011zw BBC Questiontime – https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0brf9v7/question-time-2018-08112018 Jordan Peterson – https://www.facebook.com/BBCQuestionTime/videos/288995188387580/UzpfSTE1NTMzNTk1MDA6MTAyMTc0NTUyNDUxMjM3MjM/?comment_id=10217455969101822 Instagram and Hate Speech – http://caldronpool.com/instagram-deems-bible-as-hate-speech-seize-the-moment-and-share-it-with-the-whole-globe-unless-it-is-christian/ Planned Parenthood – https://twitter.com/obianuju/status/1061024938042290177?s=12And Alabama – https://www.lifenews.com/2018/11/07/alabama-approves-amendment-saying-unborn-babies-have-a-right-to-life/?fbclid=IwAR0wu-AZzTZFjA9IBZq_H41yAD2EiKTZ5axVUNPB4gxuBOMeZ2hwQzWqroA FIEC – https://fiec.org.uk/news/article/whats-new-for-2018 https://patron.podbean.com/theweeflea “I am afraid that the schools will prove the very gates of … Continue reading Quantum 16 – Brexit and Democracy; Asia Bibi; Persecution of Christians; Dame Jenny Murray, Stephen Jardine show; Jordan Peterson; Instagram; Planned Parenthood; FIEC
Last Sunday we had communion in the morning and looked at Psalm 85. There were so many people that we had to serve communion upstairs…the stillness was special. As was the singing of Grace at the end. Songs: Saviour of the World; Only a Holy God; Ps 113; Ps 85; Grace Readings: Acts 10:24-48; Ps 113 Sermon: Ps 85 – Restoration, Revival and Righteousness Here are the quotes that … Continue reading Revival (Psalm 85), Male and Female in the Church; Owen on Love; Communion; Portuguese Praise
Last Sunday morning we had a harvest thanksgiving – it is important for a city congregation to do this – to remind ourselves of where our food ultimately comes from. We also had the baptism of Lois – who although a child was baptised on her own profession. Songs: Praise to the Lord, Psalm 139 (New Scottish); Ps 112; How Deep the Father’s Love; You … Continue reading Harvest Thanksgiving, a Baptism, Ps 139, Romans 8:35-39 and God Made Humanity, Male and Female.
You can support Quantum here – thanks to all who have already helped….https://patron.podbean.com/theweeflea Welcome to Quantum 13. LISTEN HERE 1) Sex definition US – https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-administration-sex-definition.html?nl=top-stories&nlid=57717561ries&ref=headline Australia – Tasmania – https://www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/state-politics/tasmania-on-verge-of-removing-gender-from-birth-certificates/news-story/22e558f7dea37b3d2723036f9e628ee2?utm_source=The%20Australian&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=TodaySHeadlines UK – https://theweeflea.com/2018/10/23/two-messages-two-different-kingdoms-one-answer/ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/12/bbc-will-have-gay-characters-shows-combat-heteronormative-culture/ 2) Abortion….Diana Johnson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ce8Xe3eWCww&feature=youtu.be Death from illegal abortion – https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/think-10k-women-died-from-illegal-abortions-before-roe-think-again?utm_content=buffer43c0d&utm_medium=WCDM+Buffer&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=WCDM Queensland – https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2018-10-17/abortion-legal-in-queensland-after-historic-vote/10382538?fbclid=IwAR2YmIV4hsWn-3afNXFQ4VGZSJuUbL_avI3AC37ZdTN0mFrE7Bx_ZKUJitY&pfmredir=sm 3) State Pimps– https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2018/10/how-was-the-pimping-out-of-an-autistic-girl-allowed-to-happen/?utm_source=Adestra&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Evening%20Blend%2018102018&utm_campaign=Evening_Blend 4) Yemen – 5) Brexit – https://theweeflea.com/2018/10/25/the-great-deception-part-6-the-rocky-road-to-rome/ 6) History is too white – 7) Eugene Peterson –https://www.premierchristianity.com/Blog/Remembering-Eugene-Peterson-The-man-behind-The-Message 8) Harry and Meghan – https://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/duke-and-duchess-of-sussex-separate-for-70km-crossing-to-queenslands-fraser-island/news-story/d835cb0b4624cd741d2e358aed477d4b?utm_source=The%20Australian&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=editorial&utm_content=TodaySHeadlines Quote … Continue reading Quantum 13 – Gender Definition; Abortion; State Pimps; Yemen; Explaining Brexit; White History; Eugene Peterson; Harry and Meghan
Modern society tends to be presented with two assumed opposites with regard to the relationship between Christianity and society. On the one hand it is assumed that society should be secular and that religion should be at the level of a private club. The alternative to this is assumed to be a kind of Christian theocracy where the church runs the State and pastors have … Continue reading How does Good Theology Lead to Good Society, Law and Politics?
Martyn Lloyd-Jones says that Romans 8:32 contains the highest doctrine that there is. After preaching on it last Sunday I am inclined to agree. It is a profound and beautiful teaching – that is absolutely life changing once you get it and believe it. Many of us were deeply moved and assured by it. You can here the whole service here or just the sermon … Continue reading The Greatest Doctrine (Romans 8:28); Proverbs 1 and “It is Well With My Soul”
For technical reasons we are not able to do the Quantum podcast this week – so instead I thought I would share this article that I wrote in 2005 – 13 years later it is fascinating to see that it has largely not dated – I think I would stand by everything in it – perhaps even more passionately today. (its fascinating seeing some of … Continue reading Confessions of a Free Church Minister
In the morning we looked at the incredible passage from Romans 8:18-25 – it was supposed to be verse 27 but we ran out of time…that will wait for next week! Songs: I Believe (the Creed); How Great Thou Art; Indescribable; Ps 107:1-16; Who Has Held the Oceans Readings: Acts 7:37-53 and Ps 107:1-22 Sermon: Romans 8:18-27 – The Groaning of Creation and the Groaning … Continue reading The Groaning of Creation and the Christian (Romans 8:18-25); I Can’t Believe in …an Eternal God – Praise, Prayers and Preaching from St Peters
Faith no more: Questions over a liberal approach as Church of Scotland affiliation plummets In todays Herald there is yet again another article on the decline of the Church of Scotland….It reflects what we have been saying on this blog for years…. The full report is below….with some reflections afterwards. QUESTIONS have been raised about how the Church of Scotland’s more liberal approach will help public … Continue reading Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald