Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness

  This week I listened to a Bishop on the radio talking about cancer. I thought it might be helpful but to be honest it was weak. He made the valid point that serious illness, like cancer, teaches us that we are frail.  And that was it.  I agree of course that though we may intellectually acknowledge we are frail, it is often only when … Continue reading Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness

If there is no Resurrection – you’re following a Dead Christ

A report came out this weekend stating that 25% of British Christians don’t believe in the resurrection, whilst 10% of non-religious people did!  Christian Today asked me to write a response to this – you can read the edited version – Here The text of the full version is below: It had all been going so well for Paul. He had got the attention of the … Continue reading If there is no Resurrection – you’re following a Dead Christ

Re-imaging Humanity – Sex, Sexuality, Gender and the Inhumanity of 21st Century Humanism – Part 1

      This is an adapted and expanded series based on my talk at the  Solas Conference Edinburgh – 29th October 2016.   It is a subject of massive importance for the Church and society.  I have split my paper up into several sections and will be putting one out every Monday. Part One – Two Big Pictures As we talk about this subject we … Continue reading Re-imaging Humanity – Sex, Sexuality, Gender and the Inhumanity of 21st Century Humanism – Part 1

A Christian View of Government

Article in Todays Scotsman – Big Goverment, Small Democracy This article is printed in the Scotsman today.  My main point is that a Christian view of government tends towards ‘small’ government rather than a big centralised, one size fits all government.  This is because of our understanding of human sinfulness, the nature of the rulers as ‘servants of God’ and the purpose of government.  Do … Continue reading A Christian View of Government

A Gentle Decline and an Acts 20 Situation!

The response to my article on the Church of Scotland’s own figures and reports has been interesting – if a little predictable.  I am thankful for people like Alan Williams who remarked that it was a fair and measured comment.  We continue to pray for people like Alan who are seeking to turn the tide. But there were two other responses which intrigued me.  The … Continue reading A Gentle Decline and an Acts 20 Situation!

Cricket, Coffee and Culture in Melbourne – Australian Days 5

Monday 18th January to Tuesday 19th There is a considerable rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne (think Glasgow and Edinburgh!). So having been to the former it was time for us to head to the State of Victoria and investigate the delights of its capital. Melbourne is a city of some 3.5 million people and continually appears in the top ten cities in the world to … Continue reading Cricket, Coffee and Culture in Melbourne – Australian Days 5

Confessions of a Rich Pastor

Forbes recently came up with a list of the top ten richest pastors in the world. It includes such TV evangelists as Bishop TD Jakes (estimated worth £93 million), Bishop David Oyedepo (£93 million), Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Matthew Ahimolowo of KICC, Joseph Prince, and the wonderfully implausibly named Creflo Dollar It is deeply sad that five of the top 10 are from Nigeria, where … Continue reading Confessions of a Rich Pastor

The True Purpose of the Church – Some Reflections on Dr John Chalmers Sermon in Stornoway – August 2014

I have come to a rather worrying conclusion – which I will share with you at the end of this article. I want to reflect a little on two things in the past week which indicate the state of the Church in Scotland. I recently attended a conference in St Andrews at which there was a considerable variety of Christian leaders. We heard a superb … Continue reading The True Purpose of the Church – Some Reflections on Dr John Chalmers Sermon in Stornoway – August 2014