How do we know the Bible is true? How do we know what truth is? Here is this weeks Premier thought for the Day – Another one based on Magnificent Obsession. The Bible was “put together by crude, uncultured human mammals” (Christopher Hitchens, Jesus’ teaching is not the product of human learning, of whatever kind. It originates from immediate contact with the Father, from ‘face-to-face’ … Continue reading Premier Thought for the Day 4 – The Bible – How do we know the Truth?
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
Continuing my series of reviews of Owen’s works, this week we come to volume 3 – which is an absolute delight. After I read it of Owens works this was my footnote: “a stunning book that fed my soul, challenged me and gave me Christ” Again this review is the same as those of vol one and two – a general description followed by some of … Continue reading John Owen on The Holy Spirit
Some of the biggest enemies we face as Christians are those who profess to be Christians, especially Christian teachers and clergy, but spend their time denying Christian teaching and the Bible. One such frequent correspondent in the press in Scotland is Rev. Dr John Cameron, a Church of Scotland minister. In one of his latest diatribes he played the usual atheist cards – the church … Continue reading Believe in the Bible or Believe in Yourself – answering heretics in the secular press!
It seems as though whenever the few, brave sane Christians who put their head above the parapet and write into newspapers trying to make a biblical case on issues for the day and defend Christianity are wasting their time. Often the letters are published, but they are usually followed, if they are any good, within a couple of days by the mocking letter from the … Continue reading The Free Kirk Fights Back!
I find it astonishing just how the Word of God speaks directly into our situation today. Sometimes I wonder if I am reading too much into it – but it seems as I study to preach on the latter part of Isaiah, it could have been written today for the church today. Of course it was written for us – as it was for all … Continue reading The Word of God for Today
This is my latest apologetics article on Christian Today It’s the week after Easter. We repeat the joyous affirmation of faith. “Christ is risen. He is risen indeed.” In St Pete’s as we have some Greeks in our fellowship we always use the Greek version – “Christos Anesti…Alithos Anesti.” But then comes the question: OK, He is Risen. Where is he then? And it’s not just … Continue reading Where is Jesus Now? – Apologetics 101 .No. 11
This article appears in the current edition of Scottish Christian Broadcast magazine. It was an interesting ‘quinquennial’ visit from the Presbytery (for those not familiar with Presbyterian church procedure, quinquennials are five yearly visits from the local presbytery to see how the local church is getting on). Why don’t you have family services? Because we don’t have any children! Maybe you don’t have any … Continue reading Children, The Family and the Church
Here is my latest article in Christian Today – The title should be the Message of Jesus but for some reason it has been changed to something that to me does not reflect the article. Is the Bible really that important? Everyone loves Jesus; it’s just the Church they can’t stand. Everyone loves the message of Jesus, if only the Church practised it. In this series … Continue reading The Message of Jesus – Apolgetics 101- no.8
For many it is the most puzzling question and it is the easiest and second most common accusation made against Christianity – how can we believe in the God of the Old Testament. I have wrestled with versions of this for years and my latest articles in the Apologetics 101 series is not on Christian Today and can be read – HERE As usual your comments … Continue reading How Can we Believe in the God of the Old Testament? Apologetics 101 -No 5 – Answering Accusations about God