Christmas Services from St Peters – 2 Corinthians (David), Matthew 1 (Sinclair) and Luke 2 (Craig).

This week we have an end of year bonus for you – three for the price of two.. Firstly our morning service from last week. Then we had a stunning evening – I have read or heard Matthew 1:18-25 every Christmas for 50 years.  You would think that there was nothing more to learn…and yet I learned so much from Sinclair’s sermon. And for a … Continue reading Christmas Services from St Peters – 2 Corinthians (David), Matthew 1 (Sinclair) and Luke 2 (Craig).

The Real Christmas

Happy Christmas! Yesterday we looked at the poverty of understanding in church and culture which turns Christmas into a twee tinsel mess of meaningless metaphor and clerical virtue signalling.   Today on Christmas Day lets reflect on the real meaning. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through … Continue reading The Real Christmas

The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”

The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”  As we come towards Christmas its time to reflect on two different pictures of this ‘special’ time of year. Tomorrow we will look at what the Real Christmas is about – but today let’s go with the fake. Santa’s Husband Of course Christmas as a ‘good’ thing is always being appropriated by … Continue reading The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”

A Christmas Tale – December Record’s Editorial

This is the editorial for December’s Record. A Christmas Tale Reflections on Christmas Past  Twas the night before Christmas… and the Free Church preacher was in his usual place of a Saturday night, preparing for the services the following day. As usual he was fearful and anticipatory. There was the normal sense of anticipation – after all, gathering to worship the living God is a … Continue reading A Christmas Tale – December Record’s Editorial

Christmas, St Andrews Day, Transmania and Praying for the Nation – the Janet Parshall Show

In this week of prayer it was good to talk with Janet Parshall about the last couple of blogs – namely Transmania and Praying for the Nation – as well as a wee discussion on celebrating Christmas and New Year in Scotland and St Andrews Day….the discussion started off light and got pretty heavy and serious….I hope it was helpful… You can listen to the … Continue reading Christmas, St Andrews Day, Transmania and Praying for the Nation – the Janet Parshall Show

Quantum 15 – US Elections; Micheilin; Christmas; Remembrance Sunday; Israel; Finland and Child Sex; IFES in Barcelona; the Sexist Homophobic Snowman

  Welcome to Quantum no.15….this week features comment and music – Christmas music, new Scottish hymns and Portuguese Christians singing about The Revolution!  Listen here – US Elections – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46120373 Michelin Tyre Factory – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-46097215 Christmas –  https://theweeflea.com/2018/11/06/shop-now-the-nightmare-begins/ Remembrance Sunday – New Scottish Hymns – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-45978590 It’s a Mad, Mad World https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46119393 https://yournewswire.com/finnish-court-sex-children/ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/first-uk-university-divest-israeli-apartheid-leeds It’s a Gospel World – IFES in Barcelona –       “Speaking the … Continue reading Quantum 15 – US Elections; Micheilin; Christmas; Remembrance Sunday; Israel; Finland and Child Sex; IFES in Barcelona; the Sexist Homophobic Snowman

Shop Now – The Nightmare Begins

Last night – November the 5th – we were driving home from the airport when about 10pm we stopped at Asda.  Annabel came out shaking her head – they had a Christmas tree up and were playing a Christmas song….50 days to go said the banner.    SHOP NOW! This is not the usual grumpy rant about the commercial exploitation of Christmas….it is a heart … Continue reading Shop Now – The Nightmare Begins

Happy (Calvinist) Christmas

Happy (Calvinist) Christmas!  https://www.christiantoday.com/article/a-merry-calvinist-christmas-to-one-and-all/122087.htm If you are reading this on Christmas Day – Happy Christmas….now get off your computer/phone and go and do something less boring instead – like eating turkey, watching the Queens speech or washing those dishes!   Maybe the computer isn’t such a bad option? Christmas is not universally celebrated. If you are a Jehovah’s Witness then today is just a normal Monday.   … Continue reading Happy (Calvinist) Christmas

A Profound Message in Bitterly Divided Times – Christmas Saturday Essay in The Daily Mail

This was published as the Saturday essay in todays Scottish Daily Mail.  It is wonderful to be able to testify in such a public secular forum to the good news of Jesus Christ…May the Lord use it for his glory.   The text is below. Good News, Great Joy for Scotland Scotland is a divided society – in many ways. The more we speak about unity … Continue reading A Profound Message in Bitterly Divided Times – Christmas Saturday Essay in The Daily Mail

Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church

Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church The young Chinese student was enthusiastic. She had only been attending church for a few weeks but she wanted to say how much she loved it all. But why, I asked, was she as an atheist attending a Christian church in a foreign country? ‘Because it’s the nearest thing to the Communist party … Continue reading Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church