It was a strange experience to do Ask Any Bible Question from Sydney this evening. We really do live in a remarkable world when people in the UK can have a live phone in from Sydney – without any delay. The questions were varied as usual…ranging from blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, contradictions about judgement, praying to the Spirit, why did the angel specifically mention … Continue reading Ask Any Bible Question – Premier Christian Radio – July 2019
This is an old article I wrote about Churchill – which I was reminded of as I was working through old papers. It still seems relevant today (although it was written in 2003) Churchill – The Greatest Briton? I have just returned from a great holiday in the Netherlands. No computer. No TV. No phone (apart from the occasional mobile – yes I am one … Continue reading Was Churchill the Greatest Briton?
I have begun a new column writing for Evangelicals Now – they asked me to explain why I was going to Australia for my first one. It has just been published in the April edition – full text below… Transported to Australia Whilst undergoing some research into my predecessor in St Peters Dundee, Robert Murray McCheyne, I came across a report about a ship that … Continue reading Transported to Australia – Article in Evangelicals Now
Dear Dr John, I received your e-mail a few weeks ago. Forgive me for taking so long to reply but apart from the usual excuses of busyness and holidays your letter made quite an impact upon me. I was not angered by it –indeed the overwhelming emotion I felt about your letter –and I have been thinking about it a lot -was sadness. How is … Continue reading Dear Dr John – A Response to a Canadian Atheist
Before going on to Ch. 12 of The Great Deception – lets catch The Brexit saga rolls on and this week took another turn. After Mrs May’s Brexit agreement was roundly defeated by over 200 votes, this week it passed by a surprisingly comfortable margin of 16 votes. Except of course it didn’t because it was not the same plan. The amended plan would seek … Continue reading The Great Deception 13 – In A Minority of One
Much as I would like to continue with the book review of The Great Deception and try to help our understanding of the EU, events have overtaken me and so this week we will delay part 12 and instead turn to the momentous events in Parliament over the past couple of days. The British government has just had the largest defeat in history and yet … Continue reading Why is There Chaos in Parliament?
I remember the night well. It was March 1981 and I received a phone call from a fellow political activist in the Labour party asking me to come to a particular venue to prepare for the launch of a new political party – the Social Democratic Party. I was a member of the Labour party but like many others had had enough of the extremist … Continue reading Why I’ve Joined the SDP – A Renewed Party for a Tired Britain
Can we use economics to preach the Gospel? Can the Bible be applied to economics….as someone who is not an economist or an expert – here is an attempt I made at FOCL in 2013 to answer those questions… (and not a mention of Brexit!)…includes an early mention of the Christianity (or not!) of Donald Trump! This reminded me of a popular poster that Al … Continue reading Persuasive Economics
This is a wee video Solas made which shows some of the things we try to do…. You can find out more about Solas here Please do support Andy Bannister as he leads the team in that work. I would personally value prayer for strength, courage and wisdom as I try to balance St Peters, Solas and the wider cultural engagement that … Continue reading Solas, the wider work and prayer
Apparently I have been hacked….I wrote a piece on the Inverness and Stornoway Pride rallies and it was significantly changed. Whoever it was doubtless meant well but I would ask people not to amend or rewrite my pieces without my permission. Now I have to go to the trouble of rewriting the whole thing….it is not helpful at all. Continue reading An Apology