Ps 115: 1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us
but to your name be the glory,
because of your love and faithfulness
I DON’T DUMB DOWN GOD
Kevin McKenna is a senior Scottish journalist who writes for the Guardian, Observer and in this case the Daily Mail. A number or weeks ago he contacted me about doing a story. I was of course suspicious but I met with him and we had a great conversation. I found him to be intelligent, thoughtful and very interesting. Today his story was published in a two page spread in the Mail. I found it to be very humbling and encouraging. And I continue to pray for Kevin… Sometimes in the midst of the battle the Lord grants victories…I hope you enjoy the following article. Please note – I hope that this is not posted with any sense of boasting. Of course I am pleased to have such a positive report on St Petes and my own work there, but for me the main thing is that a mainstream journalist was so positive about an unashamedly biblical church!
He challenges trendy secularism, is angry about intolerance and believes in teaching the Bible. And he’s packing pews with no-nonsense preaching. Meet the Rev David Robertson, a thoroughly modern (and uncompromising) Christian soldier:
Scottish Daily Mail
3 Oct 2015
By Kevin McKenna
UNTIL I visited St Peter’s Free Church of Scotland in Dundee last Sunday, I had not heard that the leader of Jesus’s 12 apostles, the man to whom the Saviour entrusted l eadership of His fledgling church, was called ‘Pete’.
But there it was on an overhead projector, just above the little altar table at the front of this handsome old church in the heart of the student sector. It was on a notice for ‘newbies’ seeking to find out more about what St Pete’s had to offer.
To a persistent and old-fashioned Roman Catholic such as myself, the effect was slightly startling and I wondered if the Bible study class later that week might feature the adventures of some of Pete’s pals, Tam, Phil, Jimmy and Andy?
This wasn’t the only surprise to greet me. I had budgeted no more than one hour for this service, for who willingly attends a church service these days that lasts much more than 45 minutes? In my own Catholic tradition, we are beginning to get fidgety if we haven’t reached The Lord’s Prayer after half an hour.
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I am writing this on the plane home from Southampton – after a hectic but good weekend speaking at the Solent Gospel Partnership/FIEC conference near Portsmouth. Its not just been a hectic weekend, but a very intense few months. So I am enormously thankful that my Kirk Session have granted me a mini-sabbatical for the month of July, which begins this evening when I get … Continue reading End of Term Report – Some Reflections for Summer
Hear our discussion on the cross and in particular Christopher Hitchen’s mockery of it…once again I enjoyed being on Janet’s show….as always your feedback appreciated… Janet Parshall – June 8th – The Foolishness of the Cross Continue reading The Foolishness of the Cross – The Janet Parshall Show – June 8th 2015
William Mackenzie of CFP took the photo below of myself and Dagmara, who is a Polish lecturer who translated The Dawkins Letters into Polish which will be published later this year. She was so enthusiastic and I hope will now translate Magnificent Obsession. I cannot describe how humbling and encouraging it is to have your work translated into another language and culture. I was not … Continue reading ELF Poland – Day 5 – Tuesday – Polish Translators, Goose Soup, Barcelona,Charles Kennedy, Journalists, and Persuasive Evangelism.
It was strange waking up in in a church creche – beside Tom Courtney – not my worst nightmare – just the reality of the glamour that is Christian ministry! Our hosts brought breakfast into us – coffee, brown bread with cheese, ham, cucumber, tomatoes and jam. It was delicious – I really love the Polish food. It is tasty, healthy and there are lots … Continue reading ELF Poland – Day 2 – Saturday 30th May – Small Churches and Big Encouragements
I have a confession to make. I love America. Yes there are many aspects that are disturbing and things that grate to a European, but I do love America. Having returned from a really eventful trip to the US I thought I would write down some reflections before the jetlag wears off. I had intended to write an update every day but that … Continue reading God Bless America – Reflections on the Basics Conference at Parkside Church, Ohio
Each month I do a show with Janet Parshall – this month we looked at the question of what we can learn from history (the apologetic of history), based on the chapter entitled ‘Mission’ in Magnificent Obsession. I love doing these shows because Janet is a sharp and intelligent interviewer and the phone in questions are usually stimulating. You can listen to it here – … Continue reading What we can Learn from History – In the Market with Janet Parshall
Here is the latest Janet Parshall show in which we discuss miracles and the resurrection. I really enjoy talking with Janet on what has now become a monthly show (I have been doing it every month since March 2014!)….she is articulate, intelligent and biblical…..the only problem is the number of adverts – but you don’t have to listen to these on the podcast…. Enjoy … Continue reading Janet Parshall Show – Miracles and the Resurrection
Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th January Driving West of Sydney, all those images of Ayers Rock, arid desert lands and shark-infested seas, are quickly driven from your mind. The Blue Mountains are the ridge of hills to the West of Sydney which are so called because the light gives them a tinge of blue (one thing I have noticed is how literalistic many of the … Continue reading Australian Days 2 – The Blue Mountains – where Hippies and Christians Meet
As we reach the end of another year, and enter a new one full of hopes, fears and promises, it is always a good time to look back and give thanks, and to look forward with anticipation. I am sitting in Heathrow airport about to board a plane to Kuala Lumpur, for a wedding and hopefully on to Australia to visit my daughter Becky. I … Continue reading The Shelter of the Most High – New Year, Old Hope – a Personal Testimony