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 is not that it shows up the flakiness of the … Continue reading A Dangerous Church? The Elephant in the Balliol College Freshers Fair

Time for Mission – Presbyterian Style!

Presbyterianism can be a bad way of governing the church.   In its worst form it is over centralised, authoritarian, political and bureaucratic.   So maybe the best way to govern the church is Independency?   After all it recognises the significance of the local church and gives freedom to develop and grow.  It’s why some in the Free Church and other Presbyterian churches like … Continue reading Time for Mission – Presbyterian Style!

Discerning the Times – Retiring Address at 2016 General Assembly

This is my assembly address.  It was too long….and, in fact, I deviated a lot from what is written below and missed out a lot….I preached my heart out – but there is too much in my heart!  It was also a bit bitty…. It was somewhat like throwing out a dozen darts in the hope that at least one of them would stick.  I include … Continue reading Discerning the Times – Retiring Address at 2016 General Assembly

Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

    Life is a learning experience – the more I learn the more I realize what I do not know! The Creflo Dollar ‘experience’ has taught me a great deal, not least as I set that in contrast to where I have just been this past couple of days – speaking at the Independent Methodist ministers and church leaders conference in the beautiful Lake … Continue reading Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

Birth of a New Church – Montrose Nov 1st 2015

“We are pleased to announce the arrival of a new church in Angus.  Grace Church was born on 1st November 2015, at 11am in the Scout Jubilee Hall, Montrose.  Weighing in at 50 people it is hoped that she will grow in such a way that Christ will be her, so that his name may be glorified”

The Birth of a New Church

Yesterday yours truly and David Meredith drove up the coast road from Dundee to Montrose, to participate in the birth of a new church, Grace Church, Montrose. It was a beautiful drive in the glorious Angus sunshine, with the colours of autumn still magnificent.   We did not really know what to expect and so it was with a mixture of apprehension and excitement that we found our way to the Scott Jubilee Hall in the centre of the town.

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It was a wonderful morning. The folks in Montrose have leased the hall (which is largely used for guides and scouts) for six months and they have repainted it, and done the garden, planting new plants and removing weeds (somewhat apposite for a new church!).   Continue reading “Birth of a New Church – Montrose Nov 1st 2015”

Acts 29 Europe – What Jesus Continues to Do and Teach

This week I had the privilege of attending the Acts 29 Europe conference in Nottingham England.   http://acts29europe.com/beholdtheman/ I was there to lead one of the seminars and was only able to be there one day, but I found the whole experience fascinating. The following is not intended to be a full report but just the observations of a passer by. I make them not in … Continue reading Acts 29 Europe – What Jesus Continues to Do and Teach

The Gospel In a Land Down Under – Part 1

In January of this year Annabel and I were blessed in being able to visit our daughter and son-in-law in Australia. It is an extraordinary country, with a great variety of beauty, incredible space and nature, and a mix of cultures about which one could write volumes, even in a short visit. Sydney and Melbourne are two of the most beautiful cities in the world, … Continue reading The Gospel In a Land Down Under – Part 1

Sun, Sea and Sixers – Nowra – Australian Days 4

Monday 12th January to Saturday 17th January Just imagine you travel half way round the world in order to escape a Scottish winter and you end up with a Scottish summer – dreich, rain and coolish…At least that is what is was on Monday…but the rest of the week has more than made up for it. The weather is beautiful. For a Scot is has … Continue reading Sun, Sea and Sixers – Nowra – Australian Days 4