A Dangerous Church? The Elephant in the Balliol College Freshers Fair

This article was first published on Christian Today I return from a lovely break in Croatia to discover yet another one of those ‘snowflake/University bans Christians’ stories. But this is one with a difference. It involves one of the world’s top Universities, Oxford. The problem with Balliol College’s now retracted ban of the Christian Union … More A Dangerous Church? The Elephant in the Balliol College Freshers Fair

Revelation 20: Who are the real millennials? | Christian Today

This article first appeared in Christian Today: Revelation 20: Who are the real millennials?   Are you Pre, Post or A? This is not a question that you will hear outside of Christian circles. What does it matter? What does it mean? The Bible teaches that just as Christ ascended into heaven so he will return … More Revelation 20: Who are the real millennials? | Christian Today

Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand Demonic Offspring

I have started a new role as a consulting editor with Christian Today – much to my surprise!  This basically means I will be writing short columns each week….here is the first of them Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand demonic offspring The basic text is below (click the link above for the full works!): For … More Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand Demonic Offspring

The Greatest and Strangest Praise and Worship Service – Ever – Revelation 19

Here is the latest article in Christian Today in my Revelation series. What is the worship like in your church? I belong to a tradition about which the following (apocryphal) story was told. A stranger walked into the service and started ‘Amening’ and exclaiming ‘Hallelujah/Praise the Lord’. One of the elders approached and rebuked him: ‘We don’t … More The Greatest and Strangest Praise and Worship Service – Ever – Revelation 19

Revelation 17 – The Prostitute on the Beast

This weeks article on Revelation 17 in Christian Today Let’s do some basic preacher training. Christians have a beautiful message, full of love, compassion and gentleness. Those who pass on the gospel message are to be subtle, nuanced, connected and certainly not give any offence. Agreed? But there is something missing from that. It appears that … More Revelation 17 – The Prostitute on the Beast

Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843.  I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people.  But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach … More Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

Revelation and the Message of Armageddon: God is Sovereign

Back to Revelation in my column for Christian Today You will forgive a personal reference as we continue our look at what the book of Revelation has to say to us today. The reason there has been such a gap between Revelation 15 and today is not because it is a very difficult passage to look … More Revelation and the Message of Armageddon: God is Sovereign

Predictions and trajectories: What will the Church in Scotland look like in 30 years?

This article first appeared in Christian Today earlier this week. The fourth Scottish Church Census is a thorough piece of work, as you would expect from the excellent Peter Brierley organisation. Supported by all Scotland’s major Churches, it gives an accurate big picture of what many of us feared was the case in Church in Scotland today. … More Predictions and trajectories: What will the Church in Scotland look like in 30 years?

The Lucky Number that gets you to Heaven – Revelation 15

  David Robertson continues his  Revelation series (This article was published in Christian Today on 2nd April – you can read the original Here) Do you, should you, have a lucky number? If Christians played the lottery I wonder what number we would use the most? Seven is apparently the one that is chosen by humans throughout … More The Lucky Number that gets you to Heaven – Revelation 15