Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. Those who argued ‘cheer up and smile, things could be … Continue reading What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..
This is the latest in my series on Revelation for Today on The Christian Today website Revelation 9 is a difficult passage especially for those who want a ‘soft’ Bible rather than a real one! This was not easy to write – but it does seem especially appropriate for today…. Muhammed Ali, Prince, Harper Lee, Fidel Castro, David Bowie, John Glenn, Nancy Reagan, Arnold Palmer, … Continue reading Revelation 9: Are We Heading Into the Abyss?
This weeks column in Christian Today Doubtless over the Christmas period there will come a time when you will long for the sound of silence! Silence can be really beneficial. Silence can also be devastating. This Christmas there will be those who are devastated because they hear nothing from those they love. But silence in heaven? Martin Scorsese has a new film coming out in January … Continue reading The Silence of Heaven: Does God Still Speak Today – Revelation ch.8
This weeks column on Christian Today The interview was drawing to an end. The BBC reporter leaned over and asked; “when you almost died, did you visit heaven?” When I said no she responded by saying. “That’s a shame, you would have made a fortune on the New York Times bestseller list!” I wrote about my near death experience a couple of years ago, but although … Continue reading What’s It Like In Heaven – Revelation 7
This weeks Revelation column in Christian Today – you can read the original Here It’s Advent. As a Scots Highland Presbyterian I was vaguely aware of the word but didn’t really know what it meant – and it certainly meant nothing in my church. In fact it may come as a shock to those who regard Christmas as the heart of Christianity, but my parents grew … Continue reading Advent – Judgement and Hope – Revelation ch.6
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?’
Donald Trump has been elected to become the 45th President of the United States.Reuters This weeks Christian Today column – you can read the original Here Donald Trump is on the throne! He won the election to become President of the most powerful nation on earth. To some this means that the devil incarnate has ascended and humanity is doomed. To others it’s like the return … Continue reading Trump is on the Throne? Revelation ch.4
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
This is the latest in my Revelation series in Christian Today – you can read Here The unedited original is below…. I originally entitled it – The Open Door There is an old limerick “ Two men looked out of prison bars, one saw earth and one saw stars”. What do you see when you look at the Church in the West today? Some churches copy … Continue reading Why Christians Need to Stop Worrying about the End Times – (Revelation no.7)
This weeks column in Christian Today If the Holy Spirit was taken away from the church in the West today, 90 per cent of what we do would carry on as if nothing had happened! It’s a saying I remember hearing years ago – and I suspect it’s still true. Have you ever had the experience of going into a church and noting that despite the … Continue reading How do we know when a Church is Dead? Revelation – no.6