Beauty for Ashes – The June Record Editorial

Beauty for Ashes The June Record Editorial  The people of Issachar were blessed to have 200 leaders who ‘understood the times and knew what Israel should do’ (1 Chronicles 12:32). When we look at the wider situation in the government and church, we sometimes wonder if there are two who could fit that description! When we try to understand the times, we are tempted to … Continue reading Beauty for Ashes – The June Record Editorial

Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

This week’s Quantum marks a change in how we do things.   We will continue to look at what is going on in the world; the good, the bad and the ugly – but there is a danger that just pointing things out can leave one with a sense of despair and turn into a kind of rant about how we are all doomed!  I don’t … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 42 – An Apology and a Change; Entertainment; Politics; Religious Freedom; Christian Humanism; Education; Poverty; Leonard Cohen

Saturday Review 4 – Our Culture, What’s Left Of It; Graham Norton; Brexit- A Love Story; Leonard Cohen; The Newport..

Book- Our Culture What’s Left Of It, the Mandarins and the Masses – Theodore Dalrymple This is a stunning book.  A delight.  “Dalrymple is a writer of genius: lucid, unsentimental, and profoundly honest…..He is one of the great essayists of our age” (Denis Dutton).  I have no idea how I missed this book (which came out in 2005) but I am so glad I found it … Continue reading Saturday Review 4 – Our Culture, What’s Left Of It; Graham Norton; Brexit- A Love Story; Leonard Cohen; The Newport..

John 1:12 (Bob Akroyd); Psalm 88 – The Darkness is My Closest Friend; Diversity Service, Unity and New Members

Last Sunday morning in a packed church Bob Akroyd from ETS preached on John1:12 – It’s all about Jesus.   We sang King of Kings/Majesty; My Jesus (Shout to the Lord); What a Friend We Have in Jesus (at C and W full speed!); Ps 119:25-32; and Jesus Paid it All. In the evening we had communion and I preached on Psalm 88 – Darkness is my … Continue reading John 1:12 (Bob Akroyd); Psalm 88 – The Darkness is My Closest Friend; Diversity Service, Unity and New Members

Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’

Here is this weeks column in Christian Today….It is interesting that for the past couple of weeks one of the editors has published articles teaching God is not in control.  My column is a commentary on Revelation 5 linking it to current affairs.  It is not intended as a direct rebuttal, but it ends up being so!  See what you think…. Language is so revealing. … Continue reading Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’

The Healthy Church that Makes Jesus Sick

Holman Hunt’s The Light of the World This weeks column in Christian Today continuing the series on Revelation Christ’s seventh letter to the seventh church (Laodicea) is the best known and yet the most shocking (Revelation 3:14-22). The imagery is stunning. Holman Hunt’s famous picture ‘The Light of the World’ is based upon verse 20, which in turn has been used millions of times by evangelists inviting … Continue reading The Healthy Church that Makes Jesus Sick

Light out of Darkness: A Review of Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

This is an album that is very bleak, if you listen to it against a backdrop of materialistic, atheistic secularism. There really is nothing. No hope, no hallelujah. But if you see this album in the light of the incarnation, life, teaching, death, resurrection and return of the Name above all names, then the darkness only serves to magnify the Light. Continue reading Light out of Darkness: A Review of Leonard Cohen’s ‘You Want It Darker’

Quantum of Solas 9 – the one with Abortion, The Church in the UK, Hillsong and Homosexuality, and more Leonard Cohen

Here is our latest podcast – why not subscribe? This week we look at Ruth Gledhill’s thoughts on why the church in the UK is declining, Ann Furedi’s extreme views on abortion, Brian Houston and Hillsong on homosexuality, KaleidoScot and LGBTI rights, and a beautiful song from Leonard Cohen! http://www.solas-cpc.org/wp/2014/11/quantum-of-solas-09/ Continue reading Quantum of Solas 9 – the one with Abortion, The Church in the UK, Hillsong and Homosexuality, and more Leonard Cohen

Incest in Germany, Adultery in Scotland, The Worlds Richest Pastors and more on Quantum of Solas 8

The one with incest in Germany and adultery in Scotland, a Christian school threatened with downgrading because it won’t have an Imam lead assembly, more details on the Solas Connect training week and Solas Conference, as well as the richest 1% in the world and the world’s richest pastors. After a week like this, only Leonard Cohen could get David Robertson singing! With apologies for … Continue reading Incest in Germany, Adultery in Scotland, The Worlds Richest Pastors and more on Quantum of Solas 8