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
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
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
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
(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?
I greatly enjoyed being at The Village Church in Annandale, Sydney. It is a contemporary Anglican church which makes great use of media. I was impressed with the congregation and the minister, Dominic Steele. Here is a video of the morning sermon on Ecclesiastes 1. The evening will be next week. This also is available on Clayton TV here – Continue reading Ecclesiastes 1 – Nothing New Under the Sun – Preaching at the Village Church, Sydney
Whilst we love being in Australia there are some home comforts we miss – not least The Spectator. But to my joy I discovered that there is an Australian edition of the best magazine in the world – and it’s as good as, if not better than the UK version (it actually contains most of the UK articles with a few Aussie ones and an … Continue reading Ozzie Observations – Week 3 – The Spectator, Culture, Revolutionary Tribunals, Apartheid and Israel Folau
It’s a long haul from Sydney to Edinburgh and it gives one plenty time to reflect – as long as the turbulence does not get too great – even as I write the seatbelt signs have come on. I guess I shouldn’t have watched this video before I left! Did I mention that I hate flying?! Although Business class does have its compensations! When … Continue reading Is Australia the New Jerusalem?
So last year was so last year – it was good to spend some time in Australia in 2016 Australians Days 1 but we did not expect to be back so soon….however thanks to a new venture from the Katoomba Convention Centre, Onward we are back. This time its work! Several people have asked about what events I will be speaking at so for all our … Continue reading The Good News in Australia
This article is in the May edition of the Record We saw a great deal of beauty in the small part of Australia that we visited. A small cultural observation – in many of the beauty spots it was sad to see the number of people who have ‘selfie sticks’ and seem more concerned about getting themselves in the photo, rather than marvelling at the … Continue reading The Gospel In A Land Down Under – Part 2