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 … More The Suffocating Church – American Style
You can now listen to the segment concerned here…. Yesterday I had a fascinating and revelatory experience on Talk Radio – I was asked on to discuss the Scottish governments proposal to ban smacking with John Finnie, the Green MSP, the proposer of the bill. What I didn’t realize was that it was … More The Nightmare of ‘Progressive’ Utopian Government
“David, would you like to come on Good Morning Scotland, to discuss John Finnies bill on banning smacking” It was something I did not really want to do – for many reasons, not least it is hard to discuss when the question is usually set up as ‘why do you want children to be assaulted?”. … More Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?
There is a new ‘cool’ book in town! It’s a New York Times bestseller, endorsed by Russell Moore, Archbishop Charles J.Chaput, and, the ultimate accolade, Carl R.Trueman! How could I resist? Especially as it is subtitled “A strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation”. With such endorsements, and always wanting to stay up with … More Is the Benedict Option the Best Option for Today’s Church?
The journalist John Macleod has just begun a major three part series in The Daily Mail on the current state of the Church in Scotland. Given that this is published in Scotland’s best selling Saturday newspaper it is good to see the question being given such prominence. Coming on top of a more local and narrow … More Losing Our Religion – The Daily Mail on the State of the Church in Scotland
Its a joy and a privilege to be here in Northern Ireland. The more I come here and the more I get to know the people both here and those in St Peters, the more I love both place and people. There are things that are very different, and also much that is similar. … More Communicating the Good News in Northern Ireland
This is the third and final part of a series began earlier in the week, explaining why I, as a 2014 Yes voter have taken the painful decision to vote No if there is another IndyRef soon. When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part 1 – The Fantasy When Yes … More When Yes Means No – Part 3 – The Dream
Why advantage for religions? Sir, – David Robertson (December 12) accuses secular societies of seeking to remove religion from the public square but the group to which I belong, Secular Scotland, has no such aim. If he wishes to preach his religion in a street, we will not oppose any legal right he has to … More The Intolerance of Secular Scotland and Christianity in Schools- Letters in The Courier
You may have missed it but yesterday was a significant day in the British Parliament. It almost passed me bye, but in the providence of God I happened to be watching the UK parliament channel (as one does) and saw the seeds of the coming disaster being sown. Bigger than Brexit, more dangerous than … More The Tyranny of the Progressives – Another Step Backwards
This weekend we have just had our SPA weekend (St Peters Alive)…we had a tremendous time together as a fellowship looking at the whole issue of identity. Glynn Harrison was superb and I hope the talks will be online soon. One of the issues covered was of course that of gender and transgender. This … More The Re-imaging of Humanity – 3 – The Transgender Revolution