Revelation 9: Are We Heading Into the Abyss?

This is the latest in my series on Revelation for Today on The Christian Today website Revelation 9 is a difficult passage especially for those who want a ‘soft’ Bible rather than a real one!  This was not easy to write – but it does seem especially appropriate for today….   Muhammed Ali, Prince, Harper Lee, Fidel Castro, David Bowie, John Glenn, Nancy Reagan, Arnold Palmer, … Continue reading Revelation 9: Are We Heading Into the Abyss?

What’s It Like In Heaven – Revelation 7

This weeks column on Christian Today The interview was drawing to an end. The BBC reporter leaned over and asked; “when you almost died, did you visit heaven?” When I said no she responded by saying. “That’s a shame, you would have made a fortune on the New York Times bestseller list!” I wrote about my near death experience a couple of years ago, but although … Continue reading What’s It Like In Heaven – Revelation 7

Why the Church has to Start Talking about Hell

A slightly edited version of this article is my latest column on the Christian Today website – you can read it Here The reaction has already been interesting – the fact that it is one of their most popular articles indicates the need that many people feel for teaching about the neglected subject of hell.  And the reactions have of course been varied.  One woman tweeted … Continue reading Why the Church has to Start Talking about Hell

Pie in the Sky when you Die? – Understanding Heaven

This weeks apologetics article in Christian Today  – Apologetics 101 Have you noticed that every time a celebrity dies (which seems to be occurring at an alarming rate this year – or am I just getting old?) that inevitably the remarks follow about them being in heaven, looking down, playing their guitar etc? For a generation that is supposed not to believe in God and the … Continue reading Pie in the Sky when you Die? – Understanding Heaven

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

Where is Jesus Now? – Apologetics 101 .No. 11

  This is my latest apologetics article on Christian Today It’s the week after Easter. We repeat the joyous affirmation of faith. “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.” In St Pete’s as we have some Greeks in our fellowship we always use the Greek version – “Christos Anesti…Alithos Anesti.” But then comes the question: OK, He is Risen. Where is he then? And it’s not just … Continue reading Where is Jesus Now? – Apologetics 101 .No. 11

It’s a Miracle! – Apologetics 101 – no.9

This is the latest in the series on Apologetics 101 – You can get the original by clicking HERE – It was published at the weekend. Understanding miracles: Does God break the laws of nature? Do miracles contradict science? The scientist was adamant. “I don’t believe in God, because I have never met anyone healed in answer to prayer”. I was shocked. Not just because it seemed such … Continue reading It’s a Miracle! – Apologetics 101 – no.9

Apologetics 101 – no. 6 – How Can We Believe in a God who Allows Evil and Suffering

Suffering and evil is often seen as ‘the problem’ – and yet for the atheist it is a bigger problem than for the Christian.  This article in the apologetics 101  series on Christian Today explains why – click here to see the original article How can we believe in a God who allows evil and suffering? David Robertson 26 February 2016   It was embarrassing. … Continue reading Apologetics 101 – no. 6 – How Can We Believe in a God who Allows Evil and Suffering

Christian Today Article – Devilish Advice on Dealing with Christian Ministers who Actually Believe the Bible

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/advice.from.a.senior.to.a.junior.devil.about.dealing.with.christian.ministers.who.actually.believe.the.bible/68073.htm

This is a shorter version of the article I wrote in response to the Scottgate fiasco!  It is more generic – the longer article is here – Devilish advice
(with apologies to CS Lewis)…

My dear Diabolos,

Good job! I see you have been learning from your earlier mistakes and are actually using our Father’s carefully selected subtleties. It’s good that you have been following the diabolic rules when dealing with these loathsome creatures who actually believe what Jesus said.

Rule 1. Don’t start with ridiculous concepts such as truth and facts. Start with impression and emotion. Begin with discrediting your opponent by calling them arrogant and confrontational. This always works. You win both ways. If they keep silent they appear to agree with you. If they answer they appear arrogant and confrontational. They are damned if they do, damned if they don’t. We love damnation! Continue reading “Christian Today Article – Devilish Advice on Dealing with Christian Ministers who Actually Believe the Bible”

Keller on Hell (Engaging with Keller Review – Part 3)

Keller on Hell   Continuing a series of reviews on Engaging with Keller.  This is part three. We now come on to the second chapter. A critique by Bill Schweitzer of the way that Tim Keller teaches about Hell. Schweitzer acknowledges that Keller preaches judgement and hell.  He praises him for not being either Rob Bell or one of the many who just keep quiet … Continue reading Keller on Hell (Engaging with Keller Review – Part 3)