This article was published first on Christian Today – ‘Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground.’ President Roosevelt’s wise saying still resonates today and would certainly have appealed to Solomon. After considering the question of loneliness, Solomon now turns to politics. The two are not unrelated. Sometimes our politicians look as … More Ecclesiastes 4: Politics and the wisdom of Solomon
As I was preparing to preach on Romans 4 for this morning I was struck by these words from verse three – “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” I read in the commentaries the emphasis on the fact that Paul regarded the whole of the bible … More The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke
This article was first published in Christian Today Happy New Year. What does it mean? We know the New Year bit, but what exactly is a Happy New Year? Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy’ is the best-selling single of all time. (Because I’m happy) Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof (Because I’m … More Solomon and the secret of happiness – wisdom from Ecclesiastes
This was published as the Saturday essay in todays Scottish Daily Mail. It is wonderful to be able to testify in such a public secular forum to the good news of Jesus Christ…May the Lord use it for his glory. The text is below. Good News, Great Joy for Scotland Scotland is a divided society … More A Profound Message in Bitterly Divided Times – Christmas Saturday Essay in The Daily Mail
This article first appeared on the Christian Today website. What Would Jesus Do – About Transgender? It’s that moment you always know will arrive. You’re in the midst of an online discussion in which you are going against the general zeitgeist on a social issue (in this case transgender) and then it happens: someone comes … More WWJD – about Transgender?
I have started a new role as a consulting editor with Christian Today – much to my surprise! This basically means I will be writing short columns each week….here is the first of them Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand demonic offspring The basic text is below (click the link above for the full works!): For … More Playboy, Hugh Hefner and his thousand Demonic Offspring
This week I listened to a Bishop on the radio talking about cancer. I thought it might be helpful but to be honest it was weak. He made the valid point that serious illness, like cancer, teaches us that we are frail. And that was it. I agree of course that though we may … More Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness
As our sermons last week did not record I am not able to share them with you so instead for this Lord’s Day let me share some wonderful insights from John Owen. This is my second review of his works (eventually I hope to work through the whole lot!). One of my regrets in reading … More Communion with God – John Owen
Owen has the reputation of not being easy to read. Therefore I approached this first volume of his collected works of 16 with some degree of trepidation. I need not have feared! Apart from the occasional untranslated bits of Latin and at times the somewhat dated and prosaic language, the fact is that this is … More John Owen on The Glory of Christ – A Feast for your Soul!
Heading for Australia I wrote about Leaving the Country – Reflections on a Hysterical Britain Whilst enjoying being here it seems that the collective hysteria gripping the country back home seems to be increasing. None more so than in the reaction to the horrific fire tragedy at the Grenfell Tower. Over 70 people are dead or … More The Blame Game and The Demonisation of Theresa May