10 ‘prophecies’ for the Church in 2018

This article first appeared on Christian Today  If it is hard to make predictions about what the year ahead holds for society, it is doubly difficult to predict what will happen to the Church. It’s not just that we suffer the vagaries of all human sinners and societies, but the Holy Spirit will not be restricted to our timetables and limited visions. Imagine being a disciple … Continue reading 10 ‘prophecies’ for the Church in 2018

LED 17 – How the Media Distorts the Truth; Transmania; Religious Freedom; Canadian Free Speech; Ban Beauty and the Beast; The EU and Dundee City of Culture; Euthansia; Carl Trueman

  How Social Media and the Press Distort the Truth – When Barack Obama made good use of the Internet and social media to get elected it was lauded. When Donald Trump did the same, it was condemned as Russian interference, post-truth, fake news.  We are living in an increasingly polarized culture, facilitated by social media and the politicians and journalists who use it for … Continue reading LED 17 – How the Media Distorts the Truth; Transmania; Religious Freedom; Canadian Free Speech; Ban Beauty and the Beast; The EU and Dundee City of Culture; Euthansia; Carl Trueman

Christian Camps and Child Abuse – Is Evangelical Theology to Blame?

John Smyth, who now lives in South Africa and campaigns on morality, is at the centre of the allegations.Channel 4 News The media, liberal ‘Christians’ like Giles Fraser and the Bishop of Buckingham, atheistic secularists, and other enemies of the Gospel can hardly contain their glee.   The ink had barely dried on  the accusations against John Smyth a former evangelical camps leader, before the blame game … Continue reading Christian Camps and Child Abuse – Is Evangelical Theology to Blame?

Popery, Psalms and Protestant Pharisees

“Q: Why doesn’t @theweeflea, director of Solas, have a single #Reformation tweet on or around #ReformationDay?” This is the tweet that broke the camels back! Every couple of months an American fundamentalist called Chuck O’Neal, tweets a message which is then retweeted to me several times by his followers, identifying me as a friend of the Antichrist and a counter reforming heretic in the midst … Continue reading Popery, Psalms and Protestant Pharisees

Is the Pope the Head of the Church?

Last Saturday I had the privilege of doing a debate on this subject, moderated by Agustin Astacio, with William Albrecht, a Roman Catholic apologist from an organisation called the Catholic Legate.  To be honest I wasn’t all that keen to do it.  I have no time for anti-Catholic polemic and the debate topic seemed almost nonsensical.  Jesus Christ is the head of the Church, end … Continue reading Is the Pope the Head of the Church?

Prophets, Prostitutes and Politicians

I am currently on holiday and taking a break from writing.   I am due to preach at St Andrews Anglican Church in Roseville Sydney – where John Dickson is the senior minister. Usually when I come to the end of a holiday I start thinking about the situation at home, in church and country.  I try to take the long term view.  So it … Continue reading Prophets, Prostitutes and Politicians

What Brexit tells us about the Church in the UK

This is the longer version of my article in Christian Today. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/brexit.time.for.the.church.to.stop.doing.politics.and.start.doing.faith/89591.htm There is an old Chinese curse which says ‘may you live in interesting times’! In that case Britain is truly ‘cursed at the moment! I doubt there have been such interesting times in national and political life since the end of the Second World War. Despite the majority of political parties, business leaders, … Continue reading What Brexit tells us about the Church in the UK

Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

    Life is a learning experience – the more I learn the more I realize what I do not know! The Creflo Dollar ‘experience’ has taught me a great deal, not least as I set that in contrast to where I have just been this past couple of days – speaking at the Independent Methodist ministers and church leaders conference in the beautiful Lake … Continue reading Creflo Dollar, The Independent Methodists, the Gospel of Power, Health and Wealth, and Revival of the Church in Britain Today

What Have the Christians Ever Done for Us? Apologetics 101 No.13

This is no.13 in the apologetics series for Christian Today – you can get the original Here If the Church is supposed to be the ultimate apologetic for Christ (“all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another”), it seems as though the case for Christ is very weak! The general attitude is perhaps summed up best by the … Continue reading What Have the Christians Ever Done for Us? Apologetics 101 No.13

Twa Kingdoms:Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament

This is the full text of the “Time for Reflection” I gave today at the Scottish Parliament.   Presiding Officer, Members of Parliament, as a Free Church minister I think I will find this difficult to keep to four minutes – but we believe in miracles… As Moderator of the Free Church I bring you prayerful greetings from our growing denomination. As you know the … Continue reading Twa Kingdoms:Time for Reflection at the Scottish Parliament