Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

22nd September 2019 Brothers and Sisters, It’s been a hectic two weeks. A couple of weeks ago I wrote from Shetland, last week from Brisbane – and this week I am back home in Sydney – and yes it does feel like home. Ann Street Presbyterian This week has been an encouraging week. Sometimes they happen! There were even moments of joy! It started with … Continue reading Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

A Question of Identity and a Psalm of Joy – Letter from Australia 4 –

Dear Brothers and Sisters, There is something unreal and annoying about social media.  It’s a bit like those holiday snaps which invariably present a picture of an idyllic time where everyone is enjoying themselves and the sun is always shining – the reality of the family quarrels, the rip off meals and the exhausting travel being left unspoken!    Instagram,  Facebook and to a lesser … Continue reading A Question of Identity and a Psalm of Joy – Letter from Australia 4 –

It’s a Bargain! – (Letters in Exile 1)

In 1636 Samuel Rutherford was sent into ‘exile’ in Aberdeen from his congregation in Anworth in the Scottish Borders for a couple of years.   Although he was banned from preaching he kept in touch with the people back ‘home’ through a series of letters. These beautiful and pastoral letters are now considered spiritual classics – ‘When we are dead and gone let the world know … Continue reading It’s a Bargain! – (Letters in Exile 1)

In The Market with Janet Parshall – From Sydney

This months ‘In the Market’ with Janet Parshall was the first from Sydney….it was great to be able to do the show at a decent hour in the morning – although Janet struggled to get her head round the idea that I was a day ahead of her – the US being even further behind Australia than it is behind Scotland….! We discussed Australia,  Third … Continue reading In The Market with Janet Parshall – From Sydney

A Personal Interview with Nancy Guthrie

One of the last things we did in Sydney was have lunch with a number of friends, 20 stories up in the centre of the city.  Nancy and David Guthrie were there – and Nancy took the opportunity to interview me for her podcast, Help Me Teach the Bible    She is a lovely person and a BRILLIANT interviewer.  She managed to get me to talk … Continue reading A Personal Interview with Nancy Guthrie

Ozzie Observations Week 11 – Pride, Prejudice, Posh Schools and Hope for Australia

A Snob I am an inverted snob.  Or at least I am in danger of being an inverted snob….there is a fine line between being concerned about the inequalities between rich and poor and the unfair advantage that many people possess just because of their  (bought) status in society and being against people just because they happen to be wealthy.  It is possible to be … Continue reading Ozzie Observations Week 11 – Pride, Prejudice, Posh Schools and Hope for Australia

The Evidence for Miracles – City Bible Forum

One of the joys of being in Sydney has been the variety of Gospel opportunities.  One of my favourites has been a series of breakfasts for lawyers at the appropriately named Silks restaurant.   There were organised by City Bible Forum….the link for these is here. The talk includes a Q and A….please remember the context – this was done in an informal setting as people … Continue reading The Evidence for Miracles – City Bible Forum

The Joy of Sydney – Ozzie Observations – Week 8

We are very much enjoying our three month sabbatical in Sydney….and its not just because its a gorgeous city (constantly named as one of the top ten cities in the world to live in), nor just because of our lovely grandaughter and her parents!   Its been good to get a break and to focus on doing something different (I am trying to write and Annabel … Continue reading The Joy of Sydney – Ozzie Observations – Week 8

An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?

(Richard Dawkins is in Sydney this weekend so I issued this challenge to him on the Christian Today website)  Dear Professor Dawkins, Apologies for writing you another letter (remember The Dawkins Letters?) but you just don’t seem to be responding. It’s so funny how we don’t talk any more. Anyway, I hope you are well and fully recovered from your recent bout of illness (I would … Continue reading An open letter to Richard Dawkins: What have you got to lose by debating God’s existence with me this weekend?