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
So near. Yet so far. In this final part of my review of Murray’s brilliant book we come to consider the heart of the matter. What can be done to stop Europe, as we know it, dying? Murray has a sort of answer but it is not nearly adequate enough. In part 1 we looked at the overall thesis of the book – that Europe … Continue reading The Strange Death of Europe – Part 4 – Christianity
Justine Greening replied to my letter to her – An Open Letter and Plea to Justine Greening, Minister of Education on her Gender Identity Proposals This is ‘her’ response: Dear David Robertson Thank you for your email of 25th July to Justine Greening. I have been asked to respond on her behalf. We want transgender people to be healthy and happy and to live their lives … Continue reading Justine Greening Responds – The Banality of Evil
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?
This is the final part of my talk given to the Solas conference on Society and Sexuality. Where are we going? If we take away humanity made in the image of God, if we try to re-image according to our own imaginations, then we will continue to go down this road to hell. CS Lewis saw this decades ago. The third part of his … Continue reading The Re-Imaging of Humanity – Part 5 – Where Are We Heading?
The story so far! In part one we saw that the SNP has now become the party of the EU, rather than the party for an independent Scotland. The End of the Dream – Why the SNP Have Given up on Independence – Part 1 In part two we saw how there is an increasingly authoritarian tendency within the party and an inability to allow … Continue reading Fantasy Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up on Independence – Part 3–Childcare
I was looking forward to the gig; a Solas talk and discussion in a somewhat unusual venue – the cafe in Tesco’s main store, Coatbridge. According to the organisers the Tesco staff had been brilliant – welcoming and very helpful, even opening the cafe especially for the event. ‘Good for them’, I thought, ‘here is a big corporation who are prepared to have community engagement, maybe … Continue reading Tesco Values – Intolerance, Exclusion and Hope
I have been bombarded with responses to my article on Stephen Green’s cruel mocking tweet about Tom Daley, which has clearly been read by thousands! The Blasphemy of Christian Voice and an Apology to Tom Daley They are very revealing about the state of the church in the UK today. Let me just list some of them and answer some of the main objections, as … Continue reading What the Green Reaction tells us about the UK Church
The Tate (British, Modern, Liverpool and St Ives) is at the very heart of the British arts establishment. The Tate British is a fantastic place to visit and has many interesting and stimulating exhibitions. Last night I was there to represent the Free Church at the opening of a new exhibition entitled “Painting with Light – Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern … Continue reading The Tate, the Establishment and the Free Church
Why I Believe in the Gospel of Prosperity “Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 2). We all want to enjoy good health and we all want to prosper, so what is wrong with the prosperity gospel? Surely the good news of Jesus Christ, … Continue reading Why I believe in the Gospel of Prosperity