This months EN Article. Renewing Youth I was 16 years old. A new convert. Enthused and encouraged in my new found faith. I loved reading the Bible, until one day I was given a book with a title along the lines of ‘101 problems in the Bible – resolved’. I actually didn’t have any problems with the Bible – but after I read the book … Continue reading Renewing Youth – EN July
The week of speeches continues – After talking about church planting amongst the poor at the Assembly, then religious freedom at the Scottish Parliament, it was back to the Assembly to talk about education. I moved the following: The General Assembly recognise that there is a fundamental onus laid on the Church to communicate a Christian world view to its young people. They recognise the … Continue reading The Free Church and Education
This week is a week of speeches. Yesterday I was not only at the General Assembly but speaking at the Scottish Parliament – to their Freedom of Religion Committee on the subject of The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland. Here is the speech. The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland Religious freedom is the bedrock of all other freedoms. Freedom of speech, freedom of … Continue reading The Threat to Religious Freedom in Scotland – and a Response from the Humanist Society.
Last Sunday on Mothers Day – this tweet was posted – and retweeted by politicians and others. Compassionate Although many people have a knee jerk reaction to the First Minister and her photo-ops (supporters love everything she does; detractors, to use an old Scots phrase, find that such things ‘gie us the boke’!). It’s better to try to avoid such reactions and take a … Continue reading Scotland’s Chief Mama
Last New Year I tried to look ahead and predict what would happen in 2018 – https://theweeflea.com/2017/12/30/war-poverty-the-rise-of-the-machines-10-prophecies-for-society-in-2018/ I think I got 9.5 right! So let’s have another go for 2019. 1) ) We will continue to live in a confused culture – on sex and gender Our society has the MeToo movement – supposed to be a protest against mistreatment and sexual abuse of women. … Continue reading Ten Predictions for 2019 – Confusion, China and Christ.
A New Years Message for the Church and Society… New Year is as good a time as any to think about new beginnings. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2019, whether at an individual, community or government level, many of us would love to start anew again. Renewal is a great idea. And so is re-formation. I would love to … Continue reading All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)
The Joy of Edinburgh Uni I had a great time at Uni. In between sports, friends, student politics and CU I even found time to do some history. It was all a great education. And it was free. And as a farmworkers son I even got a maintenance grant. I well remember the first time I queued up after registration to get my £500 cheque. … Continue reading The Best Laid Plans….The Crisis in Scottish Higher Education.
In response to this letter in the Courier our friend, Alistair McBay, of the National Secular Society penned this response. It’s a classic of its type – I think we need to invent a new game called Secular Bingo – see how many ad hom, untrue and irrational arguments you can spot in this one letter? I have a simple rule….don’t let them get away with … Continue reading Answering Secularists – In Defence of Christianity
I’m just about to speak at Creationfest but before I do so I want to share with you something that was published in The Scotsman today. Look at the comments section as well – but read the text. When I warned (‘prophesied’) about this a few years ago I was abused and told I was mad – even by some Christians who told me basically … Continue reading Wow! – The Prophesied Madness of State Sponsored Child Abuse has Arrived.
People have always been cynical and somewhat dismissive about the promises of politicians – sometimes with good reason. Such cynicism however creates real problems in a democracy and opens the door to the kind of disillusionment that feeds more extreme forces. But there is one area where politicians in the UK government and the Scottish government (and also the US and Australian governments). Whenever a … Continue reading Beware the Promises of Politicians