We have some wonderfully talented people in St Petes…one of whom is David Henderson – who every year produces a wee Christmas video….here Dave and various others equally talented people from the congregation sing a new song – one that he wrote for the occasion….love it…enjoy . I have also included some incredible quotes from CS Lewis and a couple of other songs sung by … Continue reading Christmas Cheer – Songs from St Petes and Readings from CS Lewis that will make your week!
Loving doing Ecclesiastes for Christian Today – it always amazes me how beautifully and directly relevant it is to today’s culture. My favourite Gospel book! Here is the latest one on ch.3:9-11. I had orginally entitled this ‘The Burden of Eternity and Beauty’ but I prefer their retitling! Ecclesiastes 3: There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity As we head towards Christmas … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:9-11- There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity
This weeks Ecclesiastes article on Christian Today In general in Western society we are money rich and time poor. That is as true for the church as it is for the rest of society – indeed it may be even truer. While the world has just work, family, friends and leisure to use up the fixed resource of time, we add church. It’s little wonder … Continue reading The Times They Are A’Changing – Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
King Solomon’s Pleasure Dome had sex, drugs and money. Why didn’t it work? This weeks column on Christian Today on Ecclesiastes Every now and then within the Church, the cry goes up, ‘we need to make the Bible more relevant’. But such a cry is only an indication of misunderstanding the Bible. We don’t need to make it relevant – it already is! Indeed whenever … Continue reading Sex and Drugs and Rock ‘n’ Roll – King Solomon’s Pleasure Dome – Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
Light Engaging Darkness no. 11 1) Las Vegas Shooting – As I write America is waking up to the horror of yet another mass killing by a gunman. A 64-year-old Nevada man, Stephen Paddock, killed at least 58 people attending a country music concert in Las Vegas. Unfortunately there were those who were quick to make judgments and pronouncements. ISIS claimed that Mr. Paddock … Continue reading LED 11 – Las Vegas Shooting – Catalonia – Teddy Taylor – Runrig – Transgender Sperm Frozen – Art for Dogs Sake – Lidl Leaves out the Cross – Africa’s Green Wall – Luther’s Quote
If there is a theme to this weeks LED it has to be prophecy – or at least prediction. For example it has been fairly obvious that if mainstream politicians continue to follow the wacky elitist ‘liberal’ policies of their educators and media bosses – then there was going to be a backlash by ordinary people who suffer from these policies. So let’s begin with … Continue reading LED 10 – Far Right in Germany – The EU – World Running out of Sand – Transgender Study banned – Australian SSM Intolerance – Catalonia and Kurdistan – Reality is a Social Constuct – Britons on the Toilet – A Tale of Nixon and Kissinger
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’
Last night I had the joy of attending a concert by the RSNO (Royal Scottish National Orchestra). It was a beautiful and throughly enjoyable evening….I offer the following reflections…. Dundee’s Caird hall is a wonderful setting! I love the rituals at Classical concerts – its so traditional….three encores, don’t clap in between movements…don’t be too enthusiastic – although the lady in front of me … Continue reading Beethoven, Dvorak and a Con Brio
I recorded this on my Iphone at the afternoon concert of acapella singing in St Peters last Sunday. This was part of the Open Doors weekend and allowed people to hear some of the kind of singing we try to do. Crawford Mackenzie (one of our elders and worship leaders) got together this small choir of 12 and with less than a handful of rehearsals … Continue reading Voices in Harmony – St Peters Singing
My latest column in Christian Today Isn’t it great to be free! Especially free to be creative. Doesn’t religion shackle creativity? Isn’t it just better to be ourselves and express ourselves? So runs the somewhat narrow and simplistic narrative of some of our culture. Does Christianity really stifle music and the arts? I guess tales of bagpipes being burned (although that may have had something to … Continue reading Does Christianity Stifle Creativity?