It’s Coming Home – What England’s World Cup Tells Us About England (and Scotland)

Remember this? And then last night this happened…   I have been reflecting on this because of my two reactions to both these events.  I rejoiced at both.  Firstly I was delighted that Southgate missed that penalty in 1996 not just because I suffered from ABE (Anyone But England) syndrome, but I just couldn’t stand the English commentators and the thought of having an England … Continue reading It’s Coming Home – What England’s World Cup Tells Us About England (and Scotland)

Secularists Attack the Church of England – Letters in The Courier

The NSS have been at it again – writing letters to moan about some aspect of Christian privilege….this time lambasting the BBC for daring to broadcast from Lambeth House and once again using the issue of alleged child abuse in order to pursue their real passion – attacking Christianity.   The following is their letter and my reply which was published yesterday. Sir, – Jenny Hjul … Continue reading Secularists Attack the Church of England – Letters in The Courier

Rod Liddle – Selfish Whining Monkeys.. A Review – Part 1

The subtitle of this book is how we ended up greedy, narcissistic and unhappy. It doesn’t sound cheerful reading! But it is absolutely brilliant. Liddle is a superb writer – humorous, observant, and biting. He does not write from a Christian perspective but there is much in here that I could resonate with.   One warning – one of the weak points about the book is … Continue reading Rod Liddle – Selfish Whining Monkeys.. A Review – Part 1

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

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

Does the BBC Reflect or Shape our Society?

6am.  It’s another beautiful day.  The sun is out in bonny Dundee and I am stuck on a hospital bed staring out of the window!  Time for some reading and some listening. Earphones, an Iphone and Good Morning Scotland from the BBC on the radio.  That should pass the time.! In hospital this time they have been concerned to get my blood pressure to rise … Continue reading Does the BBC Reflect or Shape our Society?

The Blame Game and The Demonisation of Theresa May

Heading for Australia I wrote about Leaving the Country – Reflections on a Hysterical Britain  Whilst enjoying being here it seems that the collective hysteria gripping the country back home seems to be increasing.  None more so than in the reaction to the horrific fire tragedy at the Grenfell Tower.  Over 70 people are dead or missing, all apparently as the result of an electrical fault … Continue reading The Blame Game and The Demonisation of Theresa May

Smacking, Fracking, Fossils, Europe, Anglicans and Feedback – Assembly News and Views.

The Church of Scotland wanted to move on from dissing the Bible and rejecting its teaching about marriage to some things more important.  This week we have been finding out what these things are. Smacking – The General Assembly voted to ban corporal punishment at home. Of course they can’t, but they want to ask the government to do so. The Kirk agreed by 275 … Continue reading Smacking, Fracking, Fossils, Europe, Anglicans and Feedback – Assembly News and Views.

Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

    Life is a learning experience – the more I learn the more I realize what I do not know! The Creflo Dollar ‘experience’ has taught me a great deal, not least as I set that in contrast to where I have just been this past couple of days – speaking at the Independent Methodist ministers and church leaders conference in the beautiful Lake … Continue reading Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

The Dawkins Prayer Row and what it tells us about Christianity in the UK

This is my latest article in Christian Today http://www.christiantoday.com/article/richard.dawkins.prayer.row.5.things.it.taught.me.about.religion.in.britain/79717.htm Who would have thought it? The Church of England finally trending on Twitter! What has caused the fuss? This simple tweet got the twitterati all in a tizz. Some of Dawkins’ 1.36 million followers found it all a bit much. Is it insulting to offer a prayer for Professor Dawkins? Is it sarcasm and mocking? Rev … Continue reading The Dawkins Prayer Row and what it tells us about Christianity in the UK

The End of Christian Britain?

This is an article I wrote for Premier  which was published yesterday in response to the interfaith commissions report.  Obviously it is something that we will return to in Solas as it is our bread and butter! A two-year interfaith commission has come up with a report that is bound to cause a little bit of controversy. The 150-page report actually makes for fascinating reading and … Continue reading The End of Christian Britain?