Madame Butterfly – (Letter from Australia 2)

Brothers and Sisters, I started off calling these letters, Letters from Exile, but I’ve decided to change that – because it does sound as though I have been banished to a penal colony – the image that many Brits still have of Australia.   We think of it as a far away place ‘down under’. It amazed me to read Augustine speaking of Australia! As early … Continue reading Madame Butterfly – (Letter from Australia 2)

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….

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11- There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity

Loving doing Ecclesiastes for Christian Today –  it always amazes me how beautifully and directly relevant it is to today’s culture.  My favourite Gospel book!  Here is the latest one on ch.3:9-11.  I had orginally entitled this ‘The Burden of Eternity and Beauty’ but I prefer their retitling! Ecclesiastes 3: There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity As we head towards Christmas … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:9-11- There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity

It’s Easter – I’m Offended!

  I am offended.  In fact I am more than offended. I feel angry, upset and quite nauseated. And it’s all to do with Easter. No I am not offended at Cadbury’s leaving the word Easter out of some of its headings. Nor at I offended at Tesco’s Good Friday beer advert. I expect crass commercialism from Tesco and they never fail to deliver. I … Continue reading It’s Easter – I’m Offended!

Does Christianity Stifle Creativity?

My latest column in Christian Today Isn’t it great to be free! Especially free to be creative. Doesn’t religion shackle creativity? Isn’t it just better to be ourselves and express ourselves? So runs the somewhat narrow and simplistic narrative of some of our culture. Does Christianity really stifle music and the arts? I guess tales of bagpipes being burned (although that may have had something to … Continue reading Does Christianity Stifle Creativity?

ELF – Poland – Day 4 – Monday – Identity, Tweet Discussions, Expo, Spa, Jazz Electric Bach Cello and Talisker!

Monday was a fascinating day.  We began with an early breakfast with members of Solas, the new European print magazine and the Spanish based Evangelical Focus http://evangelicalfocus.com/  the new European online magazine.  The upshot of this is that we will hopefully be working together. After this I did about two hours worth of video interviews and then went to my network to hear Peter Saunders, followed … Continue reading ELF – Poland – Day 4 – Monday – Identity, Tweet Discussions, Expo, Spa, Jazz Electric Bach Cello and Talisker!