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?
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 what’s ‘cool’ in the Christian world – I rushed out … Continue reading Is the Benedict Option the Best Option for Today’s Church?
There is a great and largely unnoticed injustice in todays Britain. The government is pursuing a policy which discriminates against people because of their nationality and against the poor. If this was being done by the UK government my Twitter feed would be full of outraged Scots decrying the evils of a Tory government – but it’s not. This is the policy of the liberal, … Continue reading Educating Hans but not Hamish or Henrietta
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 series in the Dundee Courier focusing on the decline of the Church … Continue reading 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. I am here for the Cookstown Bible week and it … Continue reading Communicating the Good News in Northern Ireland