The Christian Church in Wales is not in a healthy condition. The Church in Wales (the Anglicans) has gone from 90,000 members 20 years ago to 45,000 today. It’s largely dying. Ah, but what about the Welsh Revival, and all these singing chapels…..? The Presbyterian church of Wales (the heir to the Calvinistic Methodists) only has 24,000 members and is also declining. The Baptist church … Continue reading Peace in the Valleys? The Revival of the Church in Wales?
The more I go to Northern Ireland the more I love it….and the more I am concerned and burdened for the Church there. It has not collapsed like the church in most of the UK, nor as the Catholic church has in Southern Ireland. But the pressures of secularisation and the forces of materialism, doctrinal and spiritual weakness are threatening to overwhelm. I had the … Continue reading Some Observations on The Church in Northern Ireland
This is another of the Solas conference videos currently being put up (for free!) on the Solas website. In this 2013 talk I try to explain why education is so important and why Christian education is the best way to help the poor. Since then things have only got worse for children from a disadvantaged background in Scotland. Unless the Church in Scotland gets … Continue reading Education and the Poor
I am currently with Annabel in Wittenberg at a conference organised by the World Reformed Fellowship entitled ” The Gospel Impact of the Reformation” – Relevance for Continuing Reformation. I have been taking notes and thought it might be profitable to share some of the experience and teaching. We arrived too late to hear Dr Billy Kristanto (Indonesia), Dr Rob Norris (USA) and Dr Michael … Continue reading The Gospel Impact of the Reformation – #wrf500
Cast your bread on the waters; after many days you may receive a return. (Ecclesiastes 11:1) I had the privilege of preaching on this verse in Charlotte Chapel Baptist Church in Edinburgh yesterday. It was a joy in more ways than one. To have a congregation of some 700 people packed into this building to worship Jesus Christ in the centre of Edinburgh, in a … Continue reading Cast Your Bread on the Waters
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
It was my joy and privilege to spend last Saturday afternoon at St Ninians Roman Catholic Centre, speaking a conference organised by the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child. I say this with shame but it is sad that the pro-life cause is so often identified almost solely with Roman Catholics. I honour them for that, but where are the Free Church, the … Continue reading Building a Pro-Life Scotland
I am writing this from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis – the last time I was here was when I spoke at the Lewis book festival – just ahead of Richard Dawkins. Coming into the airport set me to reflecting on that and reminded me of this wee Christmas ‘video’ card we made! This was three years ago – and again it was a … Continue reading The Dawkins Letters outselling The God Delusion!
Earlier this year I went to the Parkside Basics Conference in Ohio. It was a real privilege to share with Alistair Begg and Tim Keller. I have been thinking a lot (again) about the subject of this talk – persuasive preaching. I hope it is helpful. You can get the rest of the talks here – including Tim and Alaister’s excellent expositions. http://www.parksidechurch.com/partners/basics/media/ Continue reading Persuasive Preaching – Parkside Basics Conference 2015
The view from the sauna window and pool! Wisla The final day. I didn’t get much sleep and had the usual mentoring meeting at the ridiculous hour of 7am. So I was pretty tired when I went to our seminar. It was a panel discussion which was ambling along fine until a question was asked about homosexuality. The Dutch panelist mentioned in passing that … Continue reading ELF Poland – Day 6