The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church – The October Record Editorial

This is the editorial from the October Record – just out now.  The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church It’s a somewhat strange paradox. As the church seems to be in decline, the number of religious items in the news increases and the clergy are everywhere. Tom Nairn’s quip that Scotland wouldn’t be free until the last Church of Scotland minister … Continue reading The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church – The October Record Editorial

Premier Thought for the Day 5 – The Difficult Doctrine of the Cross

What is the most difficult thing to believe in the Bible?  I think the cross is a stumbling block for all human beings.   This is the fifth thought for the day from Premier… This talk was based on chapter 5 of Magnificent Obsession.   (I heard some encouraging news this week of a church which gives all its young people who are heading to College or … Continue reading Premier Thought for the Day 5 – The Difficult Doctrine of the Cross

Quantum – The Wee Flea Podcast – 01

Vicky Beeching, Steve Chalke and the danger of the proposed ban on Conversion Therapy You can listen to the latest podcast – on iTunes, Podbean or here: https://theweeflea.podbean.com/e/vicky-beeching-steve-chalke-and-conversion-therapy-the-wee-flea-podcast-01/ https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-gdfne-95a38e Download this episode (right click and save) Vicky Beeching, Steve Chalke and Conversion Therapy The Wee Flea  | Undivided – An Open Letter to Vicky Beeching The Wee Flea  | The Soft and Hard Intimidation of the Church … Continue reading Quantum – The Wee Flea Podcast – 01

Is Christian Media a Trojan Horse for Heresy?

I write regularly in different Christian media – up until a few weeks ago I wrote a twice weekly column for the Christian Today website.  I have written for conservative, liberal and mixed Christian media.  My only condition for writing is that I am allowed to write what I want.  Sometimes one has to exercise self-restraint remembering the prospective readership.  My hope is always to seek … Continue reading Is Christian Media a Trojan Horse for Heresy?

Steve Chalke and the Cross of Christ

Steve Chalke is often presented on mainstream Christian media (and indeed the secular media) as a Christian preacher who presents one point of view – that many do not agree with – but who nonetheless remains a Christian whose views are just a different take on Christianity.   In reality it has been many years since Rev. Chalke has taught anything approaching biblical Christianity, but in … Continue reading Steve Chalke and the Cross of Christ

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

Please. Stop it.  Enough.   We get the message…over and over and over again.  We can hear you.  We know you are virtuous.   We know you are for equality and diversity.  So please, please, please, can we have some diversity in our corporate culture – and some equality?  Our corporate capitalists and public institutions seems obsessed with only one issue.   (I note the common complaint that … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

The Chalke Conversation – Agreement and Disagreement

An edited version of this article was published on the Premier Website – here.  It was edited because of length, but I think the issue is so important that I should reproduce the whole article here.  I wrote The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke  and then this reply The Chalke Response  Steve has refused to have a conversation with me or to discuss it, but that did … Continue reading The Chalke Conversation – Agreement and Disagreement

Unbelievable – A Depressing Conversation with Jonathan Bartley

On Friday I had the privilege of doing another ‘Unbelievable’ programme with Justin Brierley.  The other guest was Jonathan Bartley, founder of Ecclesia and co-leader of the Green Party in England and Wales – another professing Christian.   We were there to discuss whether, in the light of the Tim Farron affair, Christians are being excluded from public life in the UK.   Although it was a … Continue reading Unbelievable – A Depressing Conversation with Jonathan Bartley

The Chalke Response

As expected my article on Premier answering Steve Chalke’s accusations against both the Bible and the church got a fierce response. These responses teach us a great deal about the church in the UK today and our weaknesses. Chalke himself has responded (in a way). The Heresy Hunters Firstly there are those who welcomed the article and then took the opportunity to stick the boot … Continue reading The Chalke Response

The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke

As I was preparing to preach on Romans 4 for this morning I was struck by these words from verse three – “What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”   I read in the commentaries the emphasis on the fact that Paul regarded the whole of the bible as Scripture.  As I looked forward to proclaiming that this … Continue reading The Anti-Christ Message of Steve Chalke