‘Daddy’ Driscoll

Mark Driscoll is back!  Only this time it is a new anti-Calvinist incarnation of the ‘look at me, I’m controversial’ preacher.  For those of you who don’t know of Mark – one of the most influential preachers of the past 25 years – here is a brief recap… I met Mark in 2008, in my first stint as editor of the Record…Dissing Driscoll – some … Continue reading ‘Daddy’ Driscoll

Saturday Review 14 – The Lost Message of Paul; Owen Vol 10: Letters that Changed the World; Silly Wizard; Line of Duty; Castlehill Restaurant

Book – The Lost Message of Paul – Steve Chalke I have just finished a review copy of this book. I will be writing an article and a fuller review later on.  Suffice it to say that if I had any hope that Steve Chalke would reverse his turning away from Christianity – they have been dashed.   This is a better-written work than his previous…but … Continue reading Saturday Review 14 – The Lost Message of Paul; Owen Vol 10: Letters that Changed the World; Silly Wizard; Line of Duty; Castlehill Restaurant

Saturday Review 11 – Servant of the People; Billy Graham; Duke Ellington; The Noble Liar; Brand Luther; Searching for Schindler; John Owen vol 9; The Fox; Romans 10

This week’s reviews all come under the word ‘inspiring’! TV – Servant of the People – 9/10 This one is an absolute gem!  It’s so weird and quirky – a series about a history teacher in Ukraine who becomes President.  It’s in Russian with subtitles.  And it’s brilliant.  Each episode is only 20 minutes but it’s perceptive, funny and through comedy illustrates the problem with … Continue reading Saturday Review 11 – Servant of the People; Billy Graham; Duke Ellington; The Noble Liar; Brand Luther; Searching for Schindler; John Owen vol 9; The Fox; Romans 10

Saturday Review 7 – Operation Finale; Owen Vol 9; From Our Own Correspondent; The White Album; Masterchef; Cafe Scilia

Film – Operation Finale – 7/10 If you have Netflix then don’t miss this film.  The story of the capture of Adolf Eichmann is fascinating enough and this film certainly captures that – but it also raises some great questions and teaches some important lessons. Why do people hate the Jews so much?   “The history of the Jewish people is steeped in suffering and persecution” … Continue reading Saturday Review 7 – Operation Finale; Owen Vol 9; From Our Own Correspondent; The White Album; Masterchef; Cafe Scilia

Saturday Review 3 – Endeavour; Mary Queen of Scots; John Owen; Brendan O’Neill Podcast; The Bothy Band; Berties

Each week this review looks at different aspects of culture Film:  Mary Queen of Scots I have reviewed this film in more detail for the Spectator (in Australia) and will post it when they publish it next week.  But for now let me summarise it in this way – This is a shallow, superficial and silly film – its not suitable for Christians (or anyone)  … Continue reading Saturday Review 3 – Endeavour; Mary Queen of Scots; John Owen; Brendan O’Neill Podcast; The Bothy Band; Berties

“The Use of Faith in a time of Reproaches and Persecution” – A New Years Day Sermon for 2019

Happy New Year! As we enter a New Year I want to share a wonderful sermon that John Owen preached on the 30th of April 1680.  It is especially relevant to church, culture and context of today.  A great message for New Years Day.  We don’t know what is going to happen in the year ahead – and the trajectory for the church in the … Continue reading “The Use of Faith in a time of Reproaches and Persecution” – A New Years Day Sermon for 2019

Pray for the Church – Why We Should Be Concerned About the Sins of the Church

As we come to St Andrews day tomorrow and to pray for the nation   we need to think about the state of the Church as well.   In this article I want to look at the state of the Church in Scotland – but those of you from other nations may be able to empathise and apply to your own situations. In the article on the State … Continue reading Pray for the Church – Why We Should Be Concerned About the Sins of the Church

Pray for the Nation – Why Should We Be Concerned About The Sins Of The Nation?

St Andrews day is coming up (November the 30th).   The Free Church now holds it as a day of prayer for church and nation.   Yesterdays blog looked at the collective insanity amongst the governing classes which seems to be growing on a daily basis  – Transmania Today I want to take a look at the deeper cause of this confusion – of which Transmania is only … Continue reading Pray for the Nation – Why Should We Be Concerned About The Sins Of The Nation?

Quantum 15 – US Elections; Micheilin; Christmas; Remembrance Sunday; Israel; Finland and Child Sex; IFES in Barcelona; the Sexist Homophobic Snowman

  Welcome to Quantum no.15….this week features comment and music – Christmas music, new Scottish hymns and Portuguese Christians singing about The Revolution!  Listen here – US Elections – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46120373 Michelin Tyre Factory – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-46097215 Christmas –  https://theweeflea.com/2018/11/06/shop-now-the-nightmare-begins/ Remembrance Sunday – New Scottish Hymns – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hampshire-45978590 It’s a Mad, Mad World https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-46119393 https://yournewswire.com/finnish-court-sex-children/ https://electronicintifada.net/blogs/asa-winstanley/first-uk-university-divest-israeli-apartheid-leeds It’s a Gospel World – IFES in Barcelona –       “Speaking the … Continue reading Quantum 15 – US Elections; Micheilin; Christmas; Remembrance Sunday; Israel; Finland and Child Sex; IFES in Barcelona; the Sexist Homophobic Snowman

Revival (Psalm 85), Male and Female in the Church; Owen on Love; Communion; Portuguese Praise

Last Sunday we had communion in the morning and looked at Psalm 85.  There were so many people that we had to serve communion upstairs…the stillness was special.  As was the singing of Grace at the end. Songs:  Saviour of the World; Only a Holy God; Ps 113; Ps 85; Grace Readings: Acts 10:24-48; Ps 113 Sermon: Ps 85 – Restoration, Revival and Righteousness Here are the quotes that … Continue reading Revival (Psalm 85), Male and Female in the Church; Owen on Love; Communion; Portuguese Praise