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

Ecclesiastes 3: The Naked Ape and Eternal Life

The late Christopher Hitchins in his last book made one of the saddest statements I have ever heard: ‘I don’t have a body, I am a body.’ If that were true then the company in Arizona that believes in cryonics might be worth checking out. It freezes human bodies at minus 320 degrees in the hope that some day in the future they can unfreeze … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3: The Naked Ape and Eternal Life

The Queen and Billy Graham

This article first appeared on Christian Today  Like my colleague Joseph Hartropp, I love the Netflix drama The Crown. It’s big budget, beautifully produced and the dialogue and plot are West Wing sharp. None more so than in episode six of season two, which features the relationship between the young Queen Elizabeth and the American evangelist Billy Graham, on his first visit to the UK in 1954. It was … Continue reading The Queen and Billy Graham

Romans ch 4 – The Faith of Abraham – Our Example

Last Sunday I preached through Romans 4 in two parts – it is a chapter of Romans which is quite often neglected but is crucial because it shows how Abraham is the example of salvation for all of us.   Both sermons are below and can be accessed on the St Peters website as well. Morning: Romans 4:1-8 – Abraham – Signed, Sealed and Delivered Isn’t … Continue reading Romans ch 4 – The Faith of Abraham – Our Example