The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

This weeks Premier ‘Thought for the Day” – The Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus and the God who became man. Like the others it is based on Magnificent Obsession – this time chapter 6.  I also used this chapter last Sunday evening as a source for the Sunday evening apologetic sermon on the Eternity and unchangeableness of God.  Here are a few quotes from that … Continue reading The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

Emotional Women and Rational Men – Why I’m Coming Out as Binary

Did you know that being a man means that you are “competitive, ambitious, independent, rational, tough, sexual, confident, dominant, taking risks and caring about your work? Or that being a woman means that you are “nurturing, caring, social, emotional, vulnerable and concerned with appearance.” No – this is not out of some 1950’s traditionalist uber right-wing Christian fundamentalist manual for relationships.  This is bang up … Continue reading Emotional Women and Rational Men – Why I’m Coming Out as Binary

Theresa May’s Worst Move Ever – Dancing on the Graves of Africa’s Children

There are still some things that make my jaw drop – This article (largely unreported in the UK press who were far more concerned about the Prime Minister’ dancing) did so this weekend.   In comparison with this the Prime Minister’s ineptitude on Brexit looks positively benign. What’s the story?   The Telegraph gives us a very positive spin – The UK government is going to give … Continue reading Theresa May’s Worst Move Ever – Dancing on the Graves of Africa’s Children

Robert Murray McCheyne in Larbert – Lessons from a young minister in the 19th Century

(This is the substance of a talk I gave in the place where McCheyne began his ministry.  It is not just of historical interest – there are lessons to be learnt from McCheyne in his ‘assistantship period’ for today. Robert Murray McCheyne in Larbert and Dunipace Robert Murray McCheyne was a young man from Edinburgh who became the minister of St Peter’s Church in Dundee … Continue reading Robert Murray McCheyne in Larbert – Lessons from a young minister in the 19th Century

What’s the Danger of a Christian Ghetto Mentality? The Christian Music Scene….

This is a short reflection recorded in 2015 at ELF in Poland – I think its subject matter is more important than ever.  This was not a scripted or pre-prepared interview…I was asked the question live and this is the unedited response.  What do you think?   “Rather than being salt and light in the culture, we end up inventing our own culture, which itself … Continue reading What’s the Danger of a Christian Ghetto Mentality? The Christian Music Scene….

The Resurrection – The Best Starting Point for the Gospel – Magnificent Obsession

Where is the best place to begin explaining the Gospel to a non-Christian?  In Memphis a lady suggested to me that we should always begin with creation and Genesis – this is the Ken Ham approach.  But we can begin at many different points.  For me the key is the resurrection.  If Christ is risen then everything is changed.  Here is this weeks Premier ‘thought … Continue reading The Resurrection – The Best Starting Point for the Gospel – Magnificent Obsession

Take Heart – with Matt Chandler

Take Heart with Matt Chandler Sometimes books from the US about cultural change, evangelism and the Bible don’t translate all that well outside of the US. Matt Chandler’s Take Heart is an exception.   It’s a small book that packs an enormous punch and is just so encouraging. I’d just finished preparing to speak on the subject of ‘courage’ at the Katoomba Christian Convention – when … Continue reading Take Heart – with Matt Chandler

Is it ever ok to speak ill of the dead? and some reflections on funerals – BBC Radio Scotland

“Could you come on the show and talk about celebrity funerals – especially Barry Elliott of the Chuckle brothers”  was one of the strangest requests I’ve ever had from the BBC.  This is the resultant discussion. The story is that the MSP Trish Marwick had tweeted a derogatory comment about the Chuckle brothers after the death of one of them (Barry) in which she stated … Continue reading Is it ever ok to speak ill of the dead? and some reflections on funerals – BBC Radio Scotland

Speaking Up – The September Record

The September Record is coming out this week…here is the cover, table of contents and lead article.  You can purchase it from your church, the Free Church offices or online. Speaking Up With the rapid retreat from any form of Christian values in today’s ‘progressive’ Scotland, the question arises as to what the Church can or should do about it. Sadly, the confusion in the … Continue reading Speaking Up – The September Record

Led by the Spirit, Wisdom from Proverbs – sermons and worship from St Petes…

As I prepare for preaching in Memphis Sunday morning here is the sermon from last Sunday morning – again there was a tangible sense of the Lord’s presence with people in tears and just a joy at His goodness. And the service from the evening…again another stunning sermon from Sinclair on wisdom….enjoy… “It is however the design of Paul, as it will presently appear more … Continue reading Led by the Spirit, Wisdom from Proverbs – sermons and worship from St Petes…