Nicola Sturgeon recently gave a Ted Talk which is interesting, revealing and a real help in understanding where some of our political and cultural leaders are heading. It’s only ten minutes but well worth listening to… The message is simple and compelling. We can no longer measure our country’s success by GDP (Gross Domestic Product). We need to think about how happy and healthy … Continue reading Wealth, Health, Happiness and Holiness – The Vision and SIN of Nicola Sturgeon
This weeks Ecclesiastes column on Christian Today Solomon, who had 300 wives and 600 concubines – contrary to the command of God and despite his wisdom and good start as king – might have been expected to know something about women. In this week’s Ecclesiastes passage (7:23-29) he gives us the benefit of his knowledge. At first it appears to be the kind of misogynistic … Continue reading Are Men Wiser Than Women? Ecclesiastes 7:23-29
This is the latest in my series in Christian Today The word ‘freedom’ is one of the great buzzwords of our culture. In the words of the rock band Queen, we all want to “break free”. Whether it’s Mel Gibson shouting “Freedom” as he is hung, drawn and quartered, or Martin Luther King crying “Free at last, free at last, thank God Almighty we are free … Continue reading Does Christianity Restrict Freedom? Apologetics 101 – no.17
Once we cease to believe in God, it is not only the divine that we lose. We also lose the human. From a Christian perspective this of course makes sense, because human beings are made in the image of God, therefore to remove God from our human consciousness (if we could) is to demean, distort and degrade our humanity. This thought occurred to me last … Continue reading X+Y = The Formula for Being Human
Its March and the time when Kings go to war. I don’t intend to go to war but I am very burdened for the state of the whole church of Christ in Scotland and so over the next few weeks as we lead up to the General Assemblies, I thought I would return to this subject (of which there have been other blogs!) and reflect … Continue reading Ten Reasons Why the Church of Scotland is in Decline
Iain D. Campbell on Keller and Rebranding the Doctrine of Sin Many thanks to all those who responded in one way or another to the initial review of Engaging with Keller. I won’t repeat again the points made, but instead I want to take the authors at their word and take the opportunity to reflect theologically upon the particular criticisms made. Being a logical … Continue reading Rebranding Sin – Campbell, Keller and how to present the Good News that we are all sinnners!