If Only God Would Show Himself

It is one of the most basic statements, and assumptions – “I would believe in God if he showed himself”.  I wrote this article in a for those of my non-believing friends who ask this question.  Let me know what you think! If only God would show himself. It is widely assumed by many people today that they would of course believe in God if … Continue reading If Only God Would Show Himself

The Witness of the Church – Premier Thought for the Day 9

This weeks thought for the day on Premier looks at the witness of the Church – This thought came from chapter nine of Magnificent Obsession  Here are some of the quotes from that chapter: “To say that men and women should not inject their ‘personal morality’ into public policy debates is a practical absurdity; our law is by definition a codification of morality, much of … Continue reading The Witness of the Church – Premier Thought for the Day 9

The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

This weeks Premier ‘Thought for the Day” – The Trinity, the Divinity of Jesus and the God who became man. Like the others it is based on Magnificent Obsession – this time chapter 6.  I also used this chapter last Sunday evening as a source for the Sunday evening apologetic sermon on the Eternity and unchangeableness of God.  Here are a few quotes from that … Continue reading The Trinity and the God who Became Man – Premier Thought for the Day

An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

(Richard Dawkins is in Sydney this weekend so I issued this challenge to him on the Christian Today website)  Dear Professor Dawkins, Apologies for writing you another letter (remember The Dawkins Letters?) but you just don’t seem to be responding. It’s so funny how we don’t talk any more. Anyway, I hope you are well and fully recovered from your recent bout of illness (I would … Continue reading An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

Does Christianity Restrict Freedom? Apologetics 101 – no.17

  This is the latest in my series in Christian Today The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free … Continue reading Does Christianity Restrict Freedom? Apologetics 101 – no.17

How to answer people who say Christians are all hypocrites – Apolgetics 101 – No.16

This weeks apologetic article on Christian Today While the Church is one of the greatest ‘apologias’ for the gospel, it is also often the weakest link. How many people say they cannot believe the gospel because they see those who say they believe acting in a way that is contrary to their profession of faith? In other words they are hypocrites. And nobody likes hypocrites. Just … Continue reading How to answer people who say Christians are all hypocrites – Apolgetics 101 – No.16

The Ultimate Proof – The Resurrection of Jesus – Apologetics 101 – no.10

  Its been some week!  Not least in terms of writing and contending for the Gospel and all hell has broken loose!    For me Easter is a good time to remember that death is dead, Christ has won, love has conquered.  Although I happen to think that we should celebrate every Sunday as the Day of the Risen Lord.  Here is the latest in my … Continue reading The Ultimate Proof – The Resurrection of Jesus – Apologetics 101 – no.10

Jesus is The Reason – Apologetics 101-No.7 Jesus

This is the heart of everything.  The key question for theology, evangelism, apologetics – indeed all of life.  It is the question of Jesus Christ – it is why we are Christians and not just Theists.  My latest article on Christian Today – click the link for the original….here is the text.   The Question – The young man at the University of Stirling made an astonishing statement, … Continue reading Jesus is The Reason – Apologetics 101-No.7 Jesus

Christmas Cheer and Encouragement – News Report and Editorial in The Herald

Sometimes one feels like a voice shouting in the wilderness, thinking that no-one is listening, and then something like this happens.  The Herald not only picked up on my Christmas message, but also at least in part commended it in its editorial.  For those who know the Scottish newspaper scene that is almost miraculous.   The report and editorial are below – as is the one from The Scottish Daily Mail.

The message on which this based can now be found on The Free Church Website

The Herald – 22 Dec 2015

Herald 22-12-15 - Social Media mob stifling public debate

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I Don’t Dumb Down God – Astonishing Article in the Daily Mail

Ps 115: 1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness

I DON’T DUMB DOWN GOD

Kevin McKenna is a senior Scottish journalist who writes for the Guardian, Observer and in this case the Daily Mail.  A number or weeks ago he contacted me about doing a story.  I was of course suspicious but I met with him and we had a great conversation.  I found him to be intelligent, thoughtful and very interesting. Today his story was published in a two page spread in the Mail.  I found it to be very humbling and encouraging.  And I continue to pray for Kevin… Sometimes in the midst of the battle the Lord grants victories…I hope you enjoy the following article. Please note – I hope that this is not posted with any sense of boasting.  Of course I am pleased to have such a positive report on St Petes and my own work there, but for me the main thing is that a mainstream journalist was so positive about an unashamedly biblical church!

He challenges trendy secularism, is angry about intolerance and believes in teaching the Bible. And he’s packing pews with no-nonsense preaching. Meet the Rev David Robertson, a thoroughly modern (and uncompromising) Christian soldier:

Scottish Daily Mail

3 Oct 2015

By Kevin McKenna

UNTIL I visited St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee last Sunday, I had not heard that the leader of Jesus’s 12 apostles, the man to whom the Saviour entrusted l eadership of His fledgling church, was called ‘Pete’.

But there it was on an overhead projector, just above the little altar table at the front of this handsome old church in the heart of the student sector. It was on a notice for ‘newbies’ seeking to find out more about what St Pete’s had to offer.

To a persistent and old-fashioned Roman Catholic such as myself, the effect was slightly startling and I wondered if the Bible study class later that week might feature the adventures of some of Pete’s pals, Tam, Phil, Jimmy and Andy?

This wasn’t the only surprise to greet me. I had budgeted no more than one hour for this service, for who willingly attends a church service these days that lasts much more than 45 minutes? In my own Catholic tradition, we are beginning to get fidgety if we haven’t reached The Lord’s Prayer after half an hour.
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