‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

As my twice weekly column with Christian Today has come to an end and as the readership of this blog continues to grow, I have been thinking and praying about what to do with it.  I have tended to write quite lengthy posts which people say won’t be read – but many of them are – as in these two this week – Undivided – An … Continue reading ‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

PCUSA; PCI and the C of S; the ABC and the EU; Academics and Paedophilia; the Supreme Court and the Bakers.

Yesterdays post was an eye-opener to several people – thanks for your feedback.  But the half was not told.   Here are a few other snippets of news that show where we are going. Mainstream churches who compromise with the culture have lost the plot and are paying the price. The PCUSA lost 5% of its membership last year and closed over 150 churches.  They have … Continue reading PCUSA; PCI and the C of S; the ABC and the EU; Academics and Paedophilia; the Supreme Court and the Bakers.

“Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

This is a news story based on an interview with Eternity magazine in Sydney.  I didn’t realise the interview was going to be filmed (it lasted over 30 minutes) – hence my attire.  You can watch their edited highlights of the clip here –   The text of the report is below.  I also find it interesting how they summarised the interview. There was of necessity … Continue reading “Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

Two Churches Struggling with (Gender) Identity

When I want to understand the culture I find that Dundee taxi drivers and hairdressers are usually pretty good barometers.  As regards the latter I was speaking to my hairdresser today and she told me about ‘gender reveal’ parties.  I had no idea what they were and at first thought they might be a kind of coming out party for transgender people.  But no – … Continue reading Two Churches Struggling with (Gender) Identity

What’s Gone Wrong? The State of the Church in Scotland today

I have had a tough day – mourning over the state of the Church in Scotland – for several reasons – from the apostasy and bitterness of the Rev Johnstone Mackay on BBC Radio Scotland this morning, to the unrealism, arrogance and apathy of much of what I came across today….it breaks your heart.   And the death of Billy Graham has affected me more than … Continue reading What’s Gone Wrong? The State of the Church in Scotland today

The Church in Scotland – The Record Editorial for January

The January Record is just heading to the printers – lots of good stuff in this month – here is a foretaste of the editorial.  Get your copy of the complete magazine from your local Free Church, or from the Free Church offices… “The state and fate of the Kirk is a topic which should be of wider interest within Scottish society and beyond” So … Continue reading The Church in Scotland – The Record Editorial for January

The Saturday Review 1 – Murder on the Orient Express; BBC Vietnam War; From Reform to Renewal

The Saturday Review – 2nd December 2017  Each Saturday I hope to publish a ‘review’ page – looking at films, books and TV shows that I’ve read or seen. Anything that needs a more in depth analysis will get individual reviews. The purpose of these is to provide recommendations or as I always do, look at what these windows to our culture, tell us about … Continue reading The Saturday Review 1 – Murder on the Orient Express; BBC Vietnam War; From Reform to Renewal

The Suicide of the Church of Scotland – A Call to Prayer for St Andrews Day

  As we head towards St Andrews Day – its perhaps appropriate to reflect on the state of the Church in Scotland – and given the amount of publicity they have received this week, especially The Church of Scotland.  It is drifting into ‘irrelevance and obscurity’. No – this is not another analysis from an ‘outsider’ such as yours truly. This is an article/press release … Continue reading The Suicide of the Church of Scotland – A Call to Prayer for St Andrews Day

Remembering the Reformation?

This is the lead article in the October Record…. This month is the 500th anniversary of the event that is assumed to have been the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the doors of the cathedral in Wittenberg. There will be a variety of reactions to this anniversary, from studied indifference from the many to joyous enthusiasm from … Continue reading Remembering the Reformation?

Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial

Each New Year I foolishly like to try and think ahead by making some predictions (not prophecies) about the coming year for the Church. This was a prediction for this year: 9) The Church will reach out amongst the poor. It seems to me that it is often the case that the richer and more middle-class the church, the more they talk about helping the … Continue reading Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial