This article first appeared on Christian Today under the title – Scotland’s Smacking Ban – Should Christians Care? I realise that it is the kind of article which will upset people on either side…but then iron sharpens iron…and I’m sure we can disagree/speak the truth in love! The Scottish Government has indicated that it will support a proposed bill from the Green MSP, John Finnie, … Continue reading Should Christian Organisations Campaign Against the Smacking Ban?
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 a bit of a set up, with the presenter being … Continue reading The Nightmare of ‘Progressive’ Utopian Government
A Christian group has been banned from a Church school because a few parents have complained that Christian teaching is extremist. Premier Christianity asked me to write a response – you can get the original here – (some of the comments afterwards from people who profess to be Christian are quite chilling – not least the two professing Christians arguing that to ask for a … Continue reading Now teaching Christian doctrine at a church school is ‘extremist’. Move over Monty Python.
My biggest problem with this weeks Light Engaging Darkness is what to leave out….there is so much going on…..but I hope the following selection is helpful to you…. Lets begin with the biggest story of the week (at least on the BBC where five days in a row it was the headline story. 1) Harvey Weinstein The fall of the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein is … Continue reading LED 13 – Harvey Weinstein – Juncker in a bar – Bertrand Cantat – Freedom to Steal in London – Flu and Sexual Orientation – The 50th Anniversary of the Abortion Act – Thomas the Tank Engine – The Threat to Freedom of Speech – Juan Mata
This article was first published on Christian Today I return from a lovely break in Croatia to discover yet another one of those ‘snowflake/University bans Christians’ stories. But this is one with a difference. It involves one of the world’s top Universities, Oxford. The problem with Balliol College’s now retracted ban of the Christian Union is not that it shows up the flakiness of the … Continue reading A Dangerous Church? The Elephant in the Balliol College Freshers Fair
Light Engaging Darkness 8 LED 7 – The Talk of the Year; University Challenge; Swedish Fascists; The Month of Diana; The Racist Transgender Model; The Nashville Statement; Censoring Marco Rubio Is there anything more dark than the situation in Yemen? 1) Yemen – The disaster in Yemen continues to unfold. This is only one of many tragic stories. 3 million Yemenis have been displaced, half … Continue reading LED 8 – Yemen – The Proms and the EU Cult- Jacob Rees Mogg – Religious Decline in the UK – Canadian Immigration – Irma, Climate Change and Lovelock’s Change – University Principal takes on Snowflake Students – John Knox’s Transgender Toilets – Don Williams.
This week is ‘Fresher’s’ week in my home city – where Dundee University has just welcomed thousands of new students. In the local press they are welcomed with fine words and fine sounding ideals from the University officials. They have come to learn, develop friendships, broaden their horizons and meet some of the finest experts in their chosen field of study. As a University chaplain … Continue reading University Challenge
How do you explain what its like to listen to preaching which gives you Christ? Listening to preaching is not just listening to a lecture, getting information or just emotion and good stories. I don’t really know how to describe it but I love what John Owen says about it – which, once you unpack the language, describes exactly what I felt last Sunday. … Continue reading Owen on Preaching, Sinclair on Children and Christ
I love the old KJV version of Psalm 41:3 – although the metrical version leaves a bit to be desired! 3 God will give strength when he on bed of languishing doth mourn; And in his sickness sore, O Lord, thou all his bed wilt turn. IN my juvenile mind (not so long ago I used to be a wee bit amused by those who … Continue reading The Times, The Secularists and the Challenge of Education for the Churches
“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?”. But my golden rule as regards these kind of things … Continue reading Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?