Outgrowing Atheism – It’s Time For Richard Dawkins to Grow Up

(This weeks article on Christian Today – you can read the original here). Outgrowing Atheism: it’s time for Richard Dawkins to grow up Atheist bestselling author Richard DawkinsYouTube/Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science Although its readers were to name him one of the top three intellectuals in the world, Prospect magazine gave a scathing review to Richard Dawkins’ anti-religion polemic The God Delusion, writing at … Continue reading Outgrowing Atheism – It’s Time For Richard Dawkins to Grow Up

The BBC and the Tower of Babel

This weeks article in Christian Today – you can read the original here , The BBC and the Tower of Babel Genesis 11 tells us the fascinating story of the tower of Babel. Humanity was setting itself up against God and as part of that decided to build a skyscraper. God’s means of frustrating this is revealing – “Come, let us go down and confuse … Continue reading The BBC and the Tower of Babel

What can the Church do about Brexit?

(This weeks article in Christian Today – you can read the original here) What can the Church do about Brexit? (Photo: Reuters) Returning to the UK to speak at the Shetland Bible conference has been an encouraging and depressing experience. The encouragement comes from the many faithful Christians in this beautiful most northerly part of the United Kingdom. The discouragement comes from the collective hysteria … Continue reading What can the Church do about Brexit?

Is Prostitution Work? Christian Today

This weeks Christian Today Article Is prostitution work? Language matters. Last week a young woman, Michelle Dunn, was stabbed to death in Sydney. This young woman was described as a ‘sex worker’. This is now the ‘correct’ terminology for prostitution. Does that matter? The Sydney Morning Herald carried a revealing series of reports on the nature of ‘sex work’ in the city. Michelle was a student who … Continue reading Is Prostitution Work? Christian Today

Guns, Evangelicals and the Bible; Some Uncomfortable Truths.

This weeks column in Christian Today Guns, evangelicals and the Bible: some uncomfortable truths Police lead shoppers to safety ater a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, U.S. August 3, 2019.(Photo: Reuters/Jorge Salgado) Another week – another couple of mass shootings. Many outwith and within the US struggle with the regularity and seeming normality of these shootings. After each event the usual … Continue reading Guns, Evangelicals and the Bible; Some Uncomfortable Truths.

Out of the darkness: Is the secularist faith in decline?

Sometimes you get read a post that astonishes and encourages.  One such was yesterday when an old sparring partner from the Scottish Secular Society (someone who I also respect), Spencer Fildes wrote a message on his FB page stating amongst other things “Secularism is a myth” .  The fact that a former vice chair of the Secular Society could write this set me thinking – … Continue reading Out of the darkness: Is the secularist faith in decline?

Churches – Where is Your Athens?

This interview appeared in Christian Today here at the weekend. Churches, where is your Athens? Staff writer  Sun 28 Jul 2019 7:04 BST David Robertson (c) with his family in Scotland before making the big move to Sydney, Australia(Photo: David Robertson) For 27 years, David Robertson was pastor of St Peter’s Church in Dundee but thanks to a popular blog – the Wee Flea – and regular media … Continue reading Churches – Where is Your Athens?

Christianettes Make Bachelorettes

This weeks column in Christian Today – read the original here That Bachelorette sex talk and what it says about Christianity in the West Hannah B and Luke P, both professing Christians, talk out their differing views on sexual intimacy on The Bachelorette.(Photo: ABC) What a strange and different world we live in – the world of reality TV, social media and disintegrating foundations. There … Continue reading Christianettes Make Bachelorettes

Is the Church in the UK a sinking ship? Christian Today

(Photo: Unsplash/Daniel Roe) The Humanist official could hardly contain his glee – “Some genuine Good News today”, he declared on Facebook before linking to a headline – “Christianity Gives Way to Atheism in Britain Today, Survey Suggests”. A headline and press release that was repeated verbatim in most of the UK media this week. The findings from the British Social Attitudes survey certainly make grim … Continue reading Is the Church in the UK a sinking ship? Christian Today

Islamaphobia – Christian Today

There’s an important difference between being Islamophobic and Islamocritical Reuters It was a touching moment. On our last evening in our home of the past 27 years, our Muslim neighbour came in to say goodbye. She thanked us for being good neighbours and apologised if in any way her family had done anything wrong. I was moved at her tears and compassion. I don’t think … Continue reading Islamaphobia – Christian Today