The week of speeches continues – After talking about church planting amongst the poor at the Assembly, then religious freedom at the Scottish Parliament, it was back to the Assembly to talk about education. I moved the following: The General Assembly recognise that there is a fundamental onus laid on the Church to communicate a Christian world view to its young people. They recognise the … Continue reading The Free Church and Education
This article was published on the Australian Spectator website this weekend…its my review of Mary Queen of Scots – you can get the original here And the Oscar for most Woke Period Drama goes to… Mary Queen of Scots (although The Favourite ran it a close second). The woke checklist Women as the heroines (but still victims oppressed by the patriarchal society) – check. Men … Continue reading Mary Queen of Scots – Woke Movie of the Year
Light Engaging Darkness 8 LED 7 – The Talk of the Year; University Challenge; Swedish Fascists; The Month of Diana; The Racist Transgender Model; The Nashville Statement; Censoring Marco Rubio Is there anything more dark than the situation in Yemen? 1) Yemen – The disaster in Yemen continues to unfold. This is only one of many tragic stories. 3 million Yemenis have been displaced, half … Continue reading LED 8 – Yemen – The Proms and the EU Cult- Jacob Rees Mogg – Religious Decline in the UK – Canadian Immigration – Irma, Climate Change and Lovelock’s Change – University Principal takes on Snowflake Students – John Knox’s Transgender Toilets – Don Williams.
There is a new ‘cool’ book in town! It’s a New York Times bestseller, endorsed by Russell Moore, Archbishop Charles J.Chaput, and, the ultimate accolade, Carl R.Trueman! How could I resist? Especially as it is subtitled “A strategy for Christians in a post-Christian nation”. With such endorsements, and always wanting to stay up with what’s ‘cool’ in the Christian world – I rushed out … Continue reading Is the Benedict Option the Best Option for Today’s Church?
No sooner do I begin my new series of the state of the Church in Scotland than the Scottish Social Attitudes survey is published, resulting in headlines along the lines of ‘Atheists now the majority in Scotland’. I was going to move on to the Catholic Church this week but that will have to wait until next week (by the way thanks to all my … Continue reading The Two Faces of the Church of Scotland
As we move into pre-Assembly season I want to begin a new weekly series looking at the state of the Church of Jesus Christ in Scotland, and assessing where we are, how things have changed in the past year and look at some of the opportunities and threats to us. There is no particular order to this but I hope that these musings/observations will … Continue reading Life and Work – The State of the Church of Scotland Today
Why did I bother debating Scott McKenna? Was it some kind of church politics, seeking to score theological points against the Church of Scotland? Was it just because I love arguing and a good theological rammie gets the blood circulating? Was it just another pathetic attempt at self-publicity – pick a fight and they will come running?
Insofar as it is possible to discern one’s own motives let me simply state that my only reason for debating Scott was to seek to bring the Gospel both to him and his congregation. I believe that what he teaches is from the pit of hell and that it condemns people to hell. Much as I hate things such as slavery, poverty and racism and would and do campaign against them both within and out with the church, I hate the teaching of a false gospel even more – because it takes away from the glory and beauty of Christ, and pulls people away from Continue reading “Whither Church of Scotland Evangelicals now?”
http://www.scotsman.com/news/biblical-roots-return-would-help-church-in-scotland-1-3769689 This is the latest Solas article in the Scotsman. It is good to have it published the week before the General Assemblies. LOOK to the past to create a strong future, writes David Robertson. The Marxist historian Christopher Hill wrote a magnificent book about the 17th century English Civil War, which he entitled The World Turned Upside Down. In it he examined the radical ideas … Continue reading A Call for the Church in Scotland to Return to Biblical Roots – The Scotsman – 12th May 2015
The National Secular Society in Scotland is struggling. Its numbers are low and it is being outdone in stridency (and thus publicity) by the Scottish Secular Society. It has an affable spokesperson, Alistair McBay, whom I have debated a couple of times, and who I actually like and enjoy banter with. But I suspect they are getting a wee bit desperate because Alistair’s latest article … Continue reading The Reincarnation of John Knox!