I’m completely fascinated by people and cultures everywhere I go – for me it is part of the incredible diversity and equality with which God has endowed humanity. Made in His image we find ways of expressing creativity, beauty and love- in every culture. Ruined by the Fall, we find ways of distorting and perverting that image – in every culture. Australia is no different. … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week One – Sydney Morning Herald, Cricket, TV, Asian Australians and Education
It’s hard to accept we live in the Shadowlands – as we saw last week – when we have such seemingly concrete realities in our everyday lives. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage Solomon reflects further on what we can see, taste and feel all around us every day. Pexels Taste: We work to eat. ‘The labourer’s appetite works for him; his hunger drives him on’ (Proverbs 16:26). We … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 6 – Out of the Shadows into the Light.
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
Light Engaging Darkness is a weekly post that tries to give a summary and comment on current cultural events, from a Christian perspective. It’s important to say that these are personal opinions and not an attempt to say this is THE Christian view. Some things are clear in terms of the Bible – others are not. All I am trying to do is try to think … Continue reading LED 19 – Is May the New Maggie? – Anti-Semitism in Sweden and Westminster – Women’s Football – Wrongful Birth – Sinclair Ferguson on Education – Transmania continues.
Brexit – There is of course a whole lot of things happening with Brexit just now. I am in the middle of writing a Dummies Guide to Brexit but for now I just note that, as I expected, the UK will cave into the EU on everything and we will leave the EU in name but probably not in reality. That’s because the EU … Continue reading LED 18 – Brexit; Graham Norton; Tim Farron; The Men who live as Dogs; Paedophilia; Education; YouTube Censorship; Kevin McKenna
A number of years ago I wrote an article in response to a heartfelt letter a lady who had been hurt and confused by much that she had experienced in the church. That she was not alone was evidenced by the mail that I have since received on the same subject. One letter in particular I would like to share with you – again with … Continue reading The Suffocating Church – American Style
The Trans hysteria continues. Already this week a teacher in England has been disciplined for ‘misgendering’ a pupil (even Peter Tatchell tweeted that this was over the top!) and a whole Labour party committee have resigned because one of their number, a Lesbian, was being bullied for being a TERF (Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist). A sociology lecturer at Abertay University has warned about the consequences … Continue reading Insanity of the Gender Fluidity Debate – Letter in the Courier
The Glass Castle – Jeanette Walls I came to this book after seeing the film of the same name. The film was unspeakably sad but nonetheless managed to gloss over much of the situation described in this book. Whereas the film gave an impression of a kind of quirky family who were a bit eccentric but not really harmful – the book gives a … Continue reading The Glass Castle – A Review
This weeks commentary on Ecclesiastes in Christian Today: How the weird book of Ecclesiastes can gives us meaning in the 21st century Last week we saw that the book of Ecclesiastes is the ‘Gospel’ book for today’s modern world. People are lonely, tired, weary and worn, and the universe itself seems to offer no meaning. Are we just left to construct our own? This week we … Continue reading Wisdom and Meaning for the 21st Century – Ecclesiastes
Light Engaging Darkness 14 University Special… What is happening to our Universities in the UK and the US is to say the least disturbing. In many cases they are ceasing to be Universities (looking at a wide range of subjects, with a wide range of views) and are in the process of becoming commercial centres of social engineering, teaching a philosophy of cultural Marxism and … Continue reading LED 14 – University Special…. Felix Ngole – White Science – University of Texas Behaviour Intervention Team – Brexit – TeachFirst – Black Atheist Ontology – Pregnant Men