The journalist John Macleod has just begun a major three part series in The Daily Mail on the current state of the Church in Scotland. Given that this is published in Scotland’s best selling Saturday newspaper it is good to see the question being given such prominence. Coming on top of a more local and narrow … More Losing Our Religion – The Daily Mail on the State of the Church in Scotland
Cast your bread on the waters; after many days you may receive a return. (Ecclesiastes 11:1) I had the privilege of preaching on this verse in Charlotte Chapel Baptist Church in Edinburgh yesterday. It was a joy in more ways than one. To have a congregation of some 700 people packed into this building to … More Cast Your Bread on the Waters
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. … More Prophets, Prostitutes and Politicians
I am currently in Australia but will be continuing this blog – with perhaps less frequency than usual (although there are a lot of articles to catch up on). It is a momentous time in the UK and I am delighted at the people’s rebellion against the Euro-elites! However it is not going to be … More Scotland and Brexit – Why Nicola Sturgeon has got it wrong.
by The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this weeks, Sunday Herald. It is a generally accurate and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today. One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed. They think that the churches are failing … More Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat
(The Future is African!) A report of the Church of Scotland and Free Church General Assemblies in Christian Today – A Tale of Two Assemblies Another year, another annual church assembly, another battle and series of headlines about the church and sexuality. Deja vue. At this year’s General Assembly the Church of Scotland ‘crossed a Rubicon’ … More A Tale of Two Assemblies
Normally as we head towards the Church of Scotland Assembly, there are a string of stories released by their press office that vie to get into the press. This year the one that seems to have grabbed most attention is the story headlined ‘Kirk’s online baptism bid’. The press office might be pleased that they … More The Invisible Church, Cyber Theology and Online Baptism
The reaction to my letter to Nicola Sturgeon has been very revealing. Especially from the Establishment. The Ultimate April Fool – An Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon (I wrote a summery article about all of this on the Christian Today website as well – you can get that here Gender Politics and the Gospel … More Scotland’s Babylon – Who is going to Speak for Scotland’s Children?
As we move into pre-Assembly season I want to begin a new weekly series looking at the state of the Church of Jesus Christ in Scotland, and assessing where we are, how things have changed in the past year and look at some of the opportunities and threats to us. There is no particular … More Life and Work – The State of the Church of Scotland Today
I have reading so much rubbish in the past few days from church leaders and Christian charity leaders that it’s enough to drive anyone to despair. It’s like we are living in some kind of surreal parallel universe, rather than the real world. Or maybe I’m the one who is seeing things wrongly….?! Anyway … More Living Christ, Dying Church? – Moderator’s Easter Message