LED 25 – Billy Graham; Is the Netherlands a Narco State?; Dundee- the Death Drugs Capital; The Thought Police and Center Parcs; Apple Removes Easter; The Post; Google and the end of Science.

  Billy Graham This week has been a significant week because of the death of Billy Graham – much has been written about him – most of it positive (although a few religious people and militant atheists have done their best to stick the boot in!) perhaps this from the New York Times is the best from a secular perspective. I also thought this article … Continue reading LED 25 – Billy Graham; Is the Netherlands a Narco State?; Dundee- the Death Drugs Capital; The Thought Police and Center Parcs; Apple Removes Easter; The Post; Google and the end of Science.

The crime of spiritual abuse: One of the most dangerous ideas in decades

Todays Christian Today Article There appears to be an epidemic of abuse in today’s world. Whether its Jimmy Saville and the BBC, Harvey Weinstein and Hollywood, Oxfam and the charities industry, or the apparently endless stories of abuse within the Christian church, it seems as though hardly a day goes by without a new revelation of yet another scandal. In a world of ‘safe spaces’ … Continue reading The crime of spiritual abuse: One of the most dangerous ideas in decades

The Darkest Hour – A Film that Changed my Mind

I went to see The Darkest Hour on a grey January Dundee afternoon and it had a profound impact. In fact it did the impossible – got me to change my mind about a couple of things on which I had had very strong opinions!   But first the film itself. The star of course is Gary Oldman as Churchill   it is impossible to describe … Continue reading The Darkest Hour – A Film that Changed my Mind

The Queen and Billy Graham

This article first appeared on Christian Today  Like my colleague Joseph Hartropp, I love the Netflix drama The Crown. It’s big budget, beautifully produced and the dialogue and plot are West Wing sharp. None more so than in episode six of season two, which features the relationship between the young Queen Elizabeth and the American evangelist Billy Graham, on his first visit to the UK in 1954. It was … Continue reading The Queen and Billy Graham

Unbelievable – A Depressing Conversation with Jonathan Bartley

On Friday I had the privilege of doing another ‘Unbelievable’ programme with Justin Brierley.  The other guest was Jonathan Bartley, founder of Ecclesia and co-leader of the Green Party in England and Wales – another professing Christian.   We were there to discuss whether, in the light of the Tim Farron affair, Christians are being excluded from public life in the UK.   Although it was a … Continue reading Unbelievable – A Depressing Conversation with Jonathan Bartley

Selfish Whining Monkeys – Part 2

Continuing some quotes from Rod Liddle’s Selfish Whining Monkeys – Part one here  14) The Uneducated Generation “children are not, in general, capable of making sensible decisions which impact upon their future. They make decisions based upon the here and now. They are not old enough to take the long-term view.” Page 89.  “The children – the students – emerge, as a consequence, with a … Continue reading Selfish Whining Monkeys – Part 2

Lord Mackay’s life is a shining beacon in an age of secular dogmatism

Lord Mackay of Clashfern rose from humble beginnings to become Lord High Chancellor Published: 07:00 Wednesday 10 January 2018  “There is no Scotsman, indeed no British person in public life whom I admire more” – thus begins Sinclair Ferguson’s foreword to J. Cameron Fraser’s new book, Learning from Lord Mackay, that serves as a good introduction to a much understated and underappreciated public servant. When … Continue reading Lord Mackay’s life is a shining beacon in an age of secular dogmatism

Brexit for Dummies (and Hope for Visionaries)

Just before the EU referendum I wrote this article about my struggles with how to vote and why I eventually ended up opting for Brexit.  It got an astonishing reaction being downloaded, read and passed on over 100,000 times.   I have written other things on this topic but never anything on that scale…until today.  I have heard lots of people asking about what is going … Continue reading Brexit for Dummies (and Hope for Visionaries)

LED 18 – Brexit; Graham Norton; Tim Farron; The Men who live as Dogs; Paedophilia; Education; YouTube Censorship; Kevin McKenna

  Brexit – There is of course a whole lot of things happening with Brexit just now. I am in the middle of writing a Dummies Guide to Brexit but for now I just note that, as I expected, the UK will cave into the EU on everything and we will leave the EU in name but probably not in reality.   That’s because the EU … Continue reading LED 18 – Brexit; Graham Norton; Tim Farron; The Men who live as Dogs; Paedophilia; Education; YouTube Censorship; Kevin McKenna

Now teaching Christian doctrine at a church school is ‘extremist’. Move over Monty Python.

A Christian group has been banned from a Church school because a few parents have complained that Christian teaching is extremist.  Premier Christianity asked me to write a response – you can get the original here – (some of the comments afterwards from people who profess to be Christian are quite chilling – not least the two professing Christians arguing that to ask for a … Continue reading Now teaching Christian doctrine at a church school is ‘extremist’. Move over Monty Python.