Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

Please. Stop it.  Enough.   We get the message…over and over and over again.  We can hear you.  We know you are virtuous.   We know you are for equality and diversity.  So please, please, please, can we have some diversity in our corporate culture – and some equality?  Our corporate capitalists and public institutions seems obsessed with only one issue.   (I note the common complaint that … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

As my twice weekly column with Christian Today has come to an end and as the readership of this blog continues to grow, I have been thinking and praying about what to do with it.  I have tended to write quite lengthy posts which people say won’t be read – but many of them are – as in these two this week – Undivided – An … Continue reading ‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

The World Turned Upside Down

We were not able to put up the sermons from last week because of holidays – we will get them for you next week.  However yesterday I had the privilege of addressing the Intercessors for Britain conference which was meeting in St Peters.  In effect I gave them a summary of my Assembly sermon from 2015.  It seems to me that not only has it … Continue reading The World Turned Upside Down

A Tale of Two Assemblies

(The Future is African!)   A report of the Church of Scotland and Free Church General Assemblies in Christian Today – A Tale of Two Assemblies Another year, another annual church assembly, another battle and series of headlines about the church and sexuality. Deja vue. At this year’s General Assembly the Church of Scotland ‘crossed a Rubicon’ (as the Principal Clerk pointed out). It voted by 339 … Continue reading A Tale of Two Assemblies

A Rubicon has been Crossed – The Church of Scotland Assembly Decision on Saturday

  As I prepare for the Free Church Assembly beginning this evening, I have been reflecting on what happened at the Church of Scotland Assembly on Saturday. This from the BBC sums it up well: The Church of Scotland has voted to allow its gay ministers to marry. The General Assembly meeting in Edinburgh voted 339 votes to 215 to update church law to bring … Continue reading A Rubicon has been Crossed – The Church of Scotland Assembly Decision on Saturday

Back to the Future – the 2009 General Assembly

In 2009 I was the editor of The Record.  As such I wrote a commentary on the Church of Scotland General Assembly of that year in which I argued that it was the beginning of the end for the C of S.  I doubt that there is an article that I have received a stronger backlash to -especially from some evangelicals who thought it was … Continue reading Back to the Future – the 2009 General Assembly

The (almost) Jenny Geddes Moment – Reflections on the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament – 11th May 2016

On Sunday 23rd of July 1637 in St Giles Cathedral, one act of one working class woman created a disturbance which eventually led to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the English Civil War and eventually the beheading of Charles the 1st.   When the Dean of Edinburgh began to read the Anglican book of Common Prayer, Jenny Geddes, a street seller, picked up her stool … Continue reading The (almost) Jenny Geddes Moment – Reflections on the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament – 11th May 2016

The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland

No sooner do I begin my new series of the state of the Church in Scotland than the Scottish Social Attitudes survey is published, resulting in headlines along the lines of ‘Atheists now the majority in Scotland’.   I was going to move on to the Catholic Church this week but that will have to wait until next week (by the way thanks to all my … Continue reading The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland

Life and Work – The State of the Church of Scotland Today

  As we move into pre-Assembly season I want to begin a new weekly series looking at the state of the Church of Jesus Christ in Scotland, and assessing where we are, how things have changed in the past year and look at some of the opportunities and threats to us.   There is no particular order to this but I hope that these musings/observations will … Continue reading Life and Work – The State of the Church of Scotland Today

The Scottgate Tapes – A Revealing Insight into the Current State of the Church of Scotland

This is one blog I was praying I would not have to write.   So much so that I have held of writing for days in the hope that common sense and Christian decency would prevail. But time has run out. I have to admit it…in my naivety I have been played and suckered. And it’s not a nice feeling.

On Wednesday September 30th I found myself walking down South Clerk St towards Salisbury Mayfield Church of Scotland. I was in a literal cold sweat to the extent that I wondered if I was going to collapse. Why was I in such a state? Because I felt I was walking into the lions den. I was there to debate Rev. Scott McKenna, minister of the Church, on the bible, the atonement and the future of the church in Scotland. You can see the advert linked here:

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At one level I was excited. Because the church was packed with over 250 people on a midweek evening to discuss theology; because I liked Scott when I had met him previously and believed that he genuinely wanted to have an open discussion about Continue reading “The Scottgate Tapes – A Revealing Insight into the Current State of the Church of Scotland”