LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

Welcome to LED no. 24….as always we try to bring you a mixture of articles and comments, which illustrate and illuminate the world we live in. The Oxfam Scandal –   The stories about Oxfam (and other large charities) are appalling. It’s not just that Oxfam workers engaged in sexual abuse but that Oxfam knew and attempted to cover up. What intrigues me about this is … Continue reading LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?

This article was first published on the Affinity website Guest contributor David Robertson writes about a culture clash in the Scottish Western Isles reflecting a broader issue that has implications for us all… It used to be said that that only way for the Free Church of Scotland to get its views on any subject heard was to put out a press release stating “Free Church says don’t drop … Continue reading The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?

Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression, envy and contentment

This article is the latest in my Ecclesiastes series on Christian Today Jordan Peterson’s bestselling 12 Rules for Life is an unusual self-help book. It talks about sin and the fact that life actually is suffering. It doesn’t appear very cheerful – but it is realistic. It’s why I prefer the Blues to Britney – reality is a whole lot more helpful. Ecclesiastes 4: 1-6 moves on … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 4: Oppression, envy and contentment

The Times They Are A’Changing – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

This weeks Ecclesiastes article on Christian Today  In general in Western society we are money rich and time poor. That is as true for the church as it is for the rest of society – indeed it may be even truer. While the world has just work, family, friends and leisure to use up the fixed resource of time, we add church. It’s little wonder … Continue reading The Times They Are A’Changing – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell

For some reason we were not able to put up last weeks sermons yet, so this Sunday I thought I would post this article I wrote for Christmas 2004 on the old Free Church website.  Its interesting how things change but the problems remain the same! – plus ca change, plus c’est la meme chose! A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell Let’s … Continue reading A Christmas Bonus – Goldman’s, Norway and Bertrand Russell

Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial

Each New Year I foolishly like to try and think ahead by making some predictions (not prophecies) about the coming year for the Church. This was a prediction for this year: 9) The Church will reach out amongst the poor. It seems to me that it is often the case that the richer and more middle-class the church, the more they talk about helping the … Continue reading Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial

Babylon’s Burning – Revelation 18

This weeks article in Christian Today – for the original click Here This was another hard one to write.  In the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire it was strange to be writing about a city burning…but the Word of God is always relevant. Ancient storage jars, believed to be from ancient Babylonia, are displayed during an exhibition at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem, February … Continue reading Babylon’s Burning – Revelation 18

Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?

“David, would you like to come on Good Morning Scotland, to discuss John Finnies bill on banning smacking” It was something I did not really want to do – for many reasons, not least it is hard to discuss when the question is usually set up as ‘why do you want children to be assaulted?”. But my golden rule as regards these kind of things … Continue reading Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?

Janet Parshall – the Benedict Option

This months In the Market with Janet Parshall was a discussion on Is the Benedict Option the Best Option for Today’s Church? You can hear the program here – Here (on a technical note I think that using Skype for the first time made for a much better sound quality) Previous programmes – Janet Parshall – Post Truth and What is Truth? Continue reading Janet Parshall – the Benedict Option

The Fallacy of the Fascist Revival – Hope Not Hate

There is an awful lot of hate around.  Even though who talk about ‘hope not hate’ spend a lot of time stirring up hate against particular groups.   The truth is that hatred of ‘the other’ seems to be endemic in human nature.  To experience hatred and dislike because of personal characteristics and faults is one thing, but to be hated because of the group … Continue reading The Fallacy of the Fascist Revival – Hope Not Hate