A New Years Message for the Church and Society… New Year is as good a time as any to think about new beginnings. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2019, whether at an individual, community or government level, many of us would love to start anew again. Renewal is a great idea. And so is re-formation. I would love to … Continue reading All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)
By: David Robertson | 14th November 2018 – This article The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee wants you to “beware evangelical Christians bearing gifts”. David Robertson responds Why I’m saying ‘Bah Humbug’ to Polly Toynbee’s ignorant anti-Christian crusade This article was first published on Premier Christianity yesterday. It’s that time of year. The time when we all get ready for Christmas – as though we were preparing for a 12-month … Continue reading Why I’m saying ‘Bah Humbug’ to Polly Toynbee’s ignorant anti-Christian crusade
I remember when the BBC used to produce quality documentaries – I still recall the brilliant How to Get to Heaven in Montana. Occasionally they still do – but sadly they are far too often of the standard of last night’s ‘Faith Behind Bars’ The programme is only available from the Iplayer for 29 days – but you can see a clip here….. What was wrong with … Continue reading BBC Bias, Faith Behind Bars and How to Get to Heaven in Montana
One of the great advantages of living in the modern world is that we are able to listen to conferences on the other side of the world – when they are live streamed as was Ligonier’s West Coast conference in the USA this past weekend. I was throughly enjoying listening to the wisdom of the teachers who had been speaking. But then came an answer … Continue reading Does God Speak in Dreams? Does God Love Everyone? An ‘unfortunate’ answer from the Ligonier Conference
Recently it was announced that the first mosque is about to be built on the Western Isles – a bastion of conservative evangelical Calvinism, dominated by the Free Church of Scotland (colloquially and somewhat pejoratively known as ‘the Wee Frees’). The press sniffed blood – surely this would outrage the Free Church and create civil war? The old headlines ‘Wee Free Outrage’ were dusted down … Continue reading Islam on Lewis: Why the church should support Muslims’ right to build mosques
This letter was published in The Courier yesterday – in response to the wicked and ridiculous ‘punish a Muslim’ campaign. Continue reading ‘Punish a Muslim’ – Letter to The Courier
Welcome to LED no. 24….as always we try to bring you a mixture of articles and comments, which illustrate and illuminate the world we live in. The Oxfam Scandal – The stories about Oxfam (and other large charities) are appalling. It’s not just that Oxfam workers engaged in sexual abuse but that Oxfam knew and attempted to cover up. What intrigues me about this is … Continue reading LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.
This article first appeared on the Christian Today Website I don’t think I have ever met an Iranian who was not highly intelligent, good looking and sophisticated. That’s probably because most of the Iranians I meet are students. Be that as it may, Iran is a fascinating culture dating back to the days of the Persian Empire and right up to the modern Islamic Republic. … Continue reading Why the great silence from our politicians over Iran?
This article first appeared on Christian Today If it is hard to make predictions about what the year ahead holds for society, it is doubly difficult to predict what will happen to the Church. It’s not just that we suffer the vagaries of all human sinners and societies, but the Holy Spirit will not be restricted to our timetables and limited visions. Imagine being a disciple … Continue reading 10 ‘prophecies’ for the Church in 2018
This is the first of a two part series published here in Christian Today – looking at some predictions for the year that lies ahead. ————————————————————————————————— It’s always dangerous to claim to be a prophet. Make a prophecy too specific and it is easy to be proved wrong, make it too general and it is impossible to be proved wrong. I don’t claim the mantle … Continue reading War, poverty, the rise of the machines? 10 ‘prophecies’ for society in 2018