Ozzie Observations – Week 7 – The Bible In Australia The Bible in Australia is a book by Meredith Lake. It is stunning. A work of genius. One of the best, if not the best, books about theology, sociology, history, politics and culture that I have ever read. It is well written, well researched and well put together. If there is a better book about … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 7 – The Bible In Australia
Solas have just published a new book – (it would be a great Christmas gift) entitled “Why We Still Believe”. Description The West has become permeated with a culture that doesn’t ‘do’ God. Many people assert that we have progressed, while Christians are still clinging to out-dated ideas. In Why We (Still) Believe, fourteen contributors focus on several specific contemporary attacks on Christianity, showing why … Continue reading Why I Still Believe – in Humanity.
This week I listened to a Bishop on the radio talking about cancer. I thought it might be helpful but to be honest it was weak. He made the valid point that serious illness, like cancer, teaches us that we are frail. And that was it. I agree of course that though we may intellectually acknowledge we are frail, it is often only when … Continue reading Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness
Because I missed these last Sunday here are the sermons from a couple of Sundays ago.. Sinclair did a fascinating sermon on a week in the life of Jesus (the first of his ministry) In the evening I preached a communion sermon on the first part of Psalm 78. This is a quote from Augustine I used: For those who sought God for the sake … Continue reading A Week in the Life of Jesus – and Remember Communion – Two sermons from St Peters
Some of the biggest enemies we face as Christians are those who profess to be Christians, especially Christian teachers and clergy, but spend their time denying Christian teaching and the Bible. One such frequent correspondent in the press in Scotland is Rev. Dr John Cameron, a Church of Scotland minister. In one of his latest diatribes he played the usual atheist cards – the church … Continue reading Believe in the Bible or Believe in Yourself – answering heretics in the secular press!
It seems as though whenever the few, brave sane Christians who put their head above the parapet and write into newspapers trying to make a biblical case on issues for the day and defend Christianity are wasting their time. Often the letters are published, but they are usually followed, if they are any good, within a couple of days by the mocking letter from the … Continue reading The Free Kirk Fights Back!
Last week we began our new series on Romans – here is the first sermon. Romans has been greatly used in the conversion of many Christians – I cited Wesley and Augustine amongst others. This is the quote I used from Augustine: “So was I speaking and weeping in the most bitter contrition of my heart, when, lo! I heard from a neighbouring house a … Continue reading Announcing the Good News – Romans ch1 v.1-5
This is the final part of my talk given to the Solas conference on Society and Sexuality. Where are we going? If we take away humanity made in the image of God, if we try to re-image according to our own imaginations, then we will continue to go down this road to hell. CS Lewis saw this decades ago. The third part of his … Continue reading The Re-Imaging of Humanity – Part 5 – Where Are We Heading?
Here is this weeks column in Christian Today….It is interesting that for the past couple of weeks one of the editors has published articles teaching God is not in control. My column is a commentary on Revelation 5 linking it to current affairs. It is not intended as a direct rebuttal, but it ends up being so! See what you think…. Language is so revealing. … Continue reading Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’
This is an adapted and expanded series based on my talk at the Solas Conference Edinburgh – 29th October 2016. It is a subject of massive importance for the Church and society. I have split my paper up into several sections and will be putting one out every Monday. Part One – Two Big Pictures As we talk about this subject we … Continue reading Re-imaging Humanity – Sex, Sexuality, Gender and the Inhumanity of 21st Century Humanism – Part 1