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?

The Darkest Hour – A Film that Changed my Mind

I went to see The Darkest Hour on a grey January Dundee afternoon and it had a profound impact. In fact it did the impossible – got me to change my mind about a couple of things on which I had had very strong opinions!   But first the film itself. The star of course is Gary Oldman as Churchill   it is impossible to describe … Continue reading The Darkest Hour – A Film that Changed my Mind

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

Munich – Novel of the Year – Robert Harris

  Robert Harris is quite simply a brilliant writer. He combines the ability to tell a good yarn with fine writing and an eye for historical detail. I first read his Cicero trilogy – (which I will review later) – but it is his latest book, Munich that we look at here.   (Published by Penguin – 2017). This is a novel woven round the story … Continue reading Munich – Novel of the Year – Robert Harris

Discussing the Reformation – on Janet Parshall

  This is something I recorded three weeks ago before going to Wittenberg and then into hospital.  It was appropriate that Janet and I discussed the Reformation. You can access the show by clicking https://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=175909&hour=1 These articles are also pertinent. Reformation 500: With the ‘fundamentalism, terror and religious violence’ should we really celebrate? Remembering the Reformation?     Continue reading Discussing the Reformation – on Janet Parshall

The Gospel Impact of the Reformation – #wrf500

I am currently with Annabel in Wittenberg at a conference organised by the World Reformed Fellowship entitled ” The Gospel Impact of the Reformation”  – Relevance for Continuing Reformation.    I have been taking notes and thought it might be profitable to share some of the experience and teaching. We arrived too late to hear Dr Billy Kristanto (Indonesia), Dr Rob Norris (USA) and Dr Michael … Continue reading The Gospel Impact of the Reformation – #wrf500

The Nightmare of ‘Progressive’ Utopian Government

    You can now listen to the segment concerned here…. Yesterday I had a fascinating and revelatory experience on Talk Radio – I was asked on to discuss the Scottish governments proposal to ban smacking with John Finnie, the Green MSP, the proposer of the bill.   What I didn’t realize was that it was a bit of a set up, with the presenter being … Continue reading The Nightmare of ‘Progressive’ Utopian Government

Remembering the Reformation?

This is the lead article in the October Record…. This month is the 500th anniversary of the event that is assumed to have been the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the doors of the cathedral in Wittenberg. There will be a variety of reactions to this anniversary, from studied indifference from the many to joyous enthusiasm from … Continue reading Remembering the Reformation?

Is Darwinism Finished?

(This article first appeared here in Christian Today.    Already the Fundamentalist Darwinists have provided proof of paragraph 3 – the mockery, outrage and abuse have begun.   The apple of their idolatry has been touched!)  The book of Ecclesiastes tells us that ‘of making many books there is no end and much study wearies the body’ (12:12). As someone who reads many books every year … Continue reading Is Darwinism Finished?

The Memorial Service of Gordon Wilson – A Witness to Different Truths

(the whole service is now on Youtube – VIDEO – Gordon Wilson’s Memorial Service) Yesterday was quite an extraordinary day for me and I think others….in so many ways.   It’s not every day you get to preach the gospel in front of the First Minister, the former First Minister and the government ministers responsible for Health and Education!   Of course that was not what … Continue reading The Memorial Service of Gordon Wilson – A Witness to Different Truths