Does Scotland Need Another Billy Graham?

  This is the editorial from the June Record.  You can purchase a digital copy here – for the ridiculous price of £1.50 (or equivalent).  Watching the BBC documentary ‘Six Weeks to Save the World’, about Billy Graham, was utterly fascinating. The 1950s was a different era and a very different Scotland. The majority of people were associated with the church, and holding a six-week … Continue reading Does Scotland Need Another Billy Graham?

Evangelism in Todays Culture – Interview with Mark Baddeley

One of the great things about going to Brisbane and Queensland Theological College  was meeting one of the lecturers Mark Baddeley – he is a stimulating and fascinating person with a great deal to teach.  I loved his interview technique and his ability to push back.  Here is a short video they made of a discussion we had.  Enjoy…   Ozzie Observations – Week 9 – … Continue reading Evangelism in Todays Culture – Interview with Mark Baddeley

Does Jesus Dislike Evangelism?

(This article was first published on Christian Today) The former leader of one of the UK’s few mega churches (Abundant Life, Bradford), Paul Scanlon, is now someone who gives ‘Master Classes in Communication’. Recently he communicated a very interesting thought that has caused a bit of a stir and hit a nerve. He Instagrammed: ‘Christians and non-Christians agree on one thing – we both dislike evangelism.’ … Continue reading Does Jesus Dislike Evangelism?

How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love

(This article was published on the Desiring God website (here) last week)  Much to my surprise, I became a Christian as a teenager. But when I did, I was quite determined to be a secret Christian. This was partly because, to be honest, I didn’t like most of the Christians I knew. But it was also partly because, living in a very post-Christian Scotland, I … Continue reading How Could We Be Silent? – SpeakingUp About our Greatest Love

Israel Folau – Heretic or Hero?

This article was first published on the Christian Today Website  Israel Folau – Heretic or Hero? Israel Folau is the new Jonah Lomu – a rugby player with an ability that marks him out from his team mates. He is the key figure in the Australian rugby team, the Wallabies. But he is under increasing pressure after having committed the unforgiveable sin – questioning the … Continue reading Israel Folau – Heretic or Hero?

Was Billy Graham a homophobic, Christ denying, antisemitic and bigoted failed evangelist on the wrong side of history?

(This article was first published on the Christian Today website) Have you ever noticed how anyone who dies is always a saint, especially when they are one of the idols of our society? They may have lived an immoral, selfish life but when they die they are everyone’s friend and hero, The angels in heaven are rejoicing at the sheer privilege of having such a … Continue reading Was Billy Graham a homophobic, Christ denying, antisemitic and bigoted failed evangelist on the wrong side of history?

What’s Gone Wrong? The State of the Church in Scotland today

I have had a tough day – mourning over the state of the Church in Scotland – for several reasons – from the apostasy and bitterness of the Rev Johnstone Mackay on BBC Radio Scotland this morning, to the unrealism, arrogance and apathy of much of what I came across today….it breaks your heart.   And the death of Billy Graham has affected me more than … Continue reading What’s Gone Wrong? The State of the Church in Scotland today

LED 22 – The Kurds/Oxford Uni and Women/Jordan Peterson/the Presidents Club/Extending Adolescence/Copeland’s Plane/the Gospel in Spain

  1) Turkey Attacks the Kurds:  You have to feel sorry for the Kurds.  They were the primary ground troops in taking on Isis on behalf of the West, and now they have been abandoned by us as Turkey takes the opportunity to invade Syria in order to attack them. Turkey is a NATO member and yet, despite warnings, we will do nothing to help … Continue reading LED 22 – The Kurds/Oxford Uni and Women/Jordan Peterson/the Presidents Club/Extending Adolescence/Copeland’s Plane/the Gospel in Spain