The Apostate Free Church?

The May Record is now out – you can get a digital copy here for pennies! – Why not sign up for a year – only £18…..and pass the word on to others.  The lead article was really hard to write….I attach it below.  There is an excellent interview with Simon Manchester… The Apostate Free Church  As we head towards another couple of important General … Continue reading The Apostate Free Church?

The Solas Enlightenment – A Disappointing End to a Great Idea

Not everything you try works out.  Not every good idea works out.  Sometimes we fail.  I had an idea that a quality Christian magazine reflecting on culture, politics, the arts etc would be a winner…I was wrong. I’m pretty gutted about that.   These are my reflections on that sad fact in the last edition of the Solas magazine – published this month. The Solas Enlightenment … Continue reading The Solas Enlightenment – A Disappointing End to a Great Idea

Should Christians Celebrate the Birthday of Karl Marx?

Last week marked the 200th birthday of Karl Marx, born on the 5th of May 1818. It was an event marked in a positive way by amongst others, the Economist, the Financial Times, the New York Times (whose headline read ‘Happy Birthday Karl Marx, you were right’), and the Guardian columnist Owen Jones who tweeted; ‘Happy 200th birthday Karl Marx’. The Chinese sponsored a new statue of Marx … Continue reading Should Christians Celebrate the Birthday of Karl Marx?

Ecclesiastes 1 – Nothing New Under the Sun – Preaching at the Village Church, Sydney

I greatly enjoyed being at The Village Church in Annandale, Sydney.  It is a contemporary Anglican church which makes great use of media.  I was impressed with the congregation and the minister, Dominic Steele. Here is a video of the morning sermon on Ecclesiastes 1.  The evening will be next week.  This also is available on Clayton TV here –      Continue reading Ecclesiastes 1 – Nothing New Under the Sun – Preaching at the Village Church, Sydney

Ecclesiastes 9:1-9 – Death, Life and Destiny

Having reflected on how little he knows, Solomon now turns to the one thing we can all we sure of – death (Ecclesiastes 9:1-9). We many not know what is going to happen in life, but one thing is certain – everyone is going to die. The same destiny overtakes all. That is the hard reality of life. So let us eat, drink and be merry for … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9:1-9 – Death, Life and Destiny

Ozzie Observations – Week 6 – The Artist has no Clothes – What the NSW Art Gallery tells us about Australia and the Westo

I love going to art galleries and our trip to the New South Wales Gallery near the Botanical gardens was no exception.  We saw some great paintings in the European and traditional Australian galleries – as well as some in the Asian.  And then…. Art galleries give us a real sense of where a culture has come from and where it is at.  What does … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 6 – The Artist has no Clothes – What the NSW Art Gallery tells us about Australia and the Westo

Revealed – The Next Step on the Slippery Slope

Those who do not know their history are condemned to repeat it There is a pattern in our society that is being repeated over and over again. I have witnessed it for over 30 years and there is no sign of it ending. What happens is that the liberal elites who dominate our media, politics, church and academia tell us that their latest cause celebre … Continue reading Revealed – The Next Step on the Slippery Slope

Does Jesus Dislike Evangelism?

(This article was first published on Christian Today) The former leader of one of the UK’s few mega churches (Abundant Life, Bradford), Paul Scanlon, is now someone who gives ‘Master Classes in Communication’. Recently he communicated a very interesting thought that has caused a bit of a stir and hit a nerve. He Instagrammed: ‘Christians and non-Christians agree on one thing – we both dislike evangelism.’ … Continue reading Does Jesus Dislike Evangelism?

How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love

(This article was published on the Desiring God website (here) last week)  Much to my surprise, I became a Christian as a teenager. But when I did, I was quite determined to be a secret Christian. This was partly because, to be honest, I didn’t like most of the Christians I knew. But it was also partly because, living in a very post-Christian Scotland, I … Continue reading How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love