What’s Wrong With the World?

I  recently heard a speaker who I thought was excellent – what he said was biblical, clear and passionate.  The audience loved it….but I struggled.  And here’s the problem – I couldn’t work out why.    There was just something that did not connect for me.  I have been trying  to identify the problem.  Was it just me?  The speaker was excellent and everyone else … Continue reading What’s Wrong With the World?

The Four Verbs of Salvation (Romans 8:1-4); God’s Charge Against the Church (Jeremiah 2) – Worship from St Peters, 20th Jan 2019

Last Sunday morning I had intended to look at the first 13 verses of Romans 8 – as it was we only got the first four done! But it is a remarkable passage which makes the Gospel very clear: Songs: 1) I will enter his gates 2) Light of the world 3) Saviour of the World 4) Ps 119:17-24 5) Just as I am Scripture: … Continue reading The Four Verbs of Salvation (Romans 8:1-4); God’s Charge Against the Church (Jeremiah 2) – Worship from St Peters, 20th Jan 2019

Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response

My phone has hardly stopped ringing over the past couple of days, with journalists from different news organisations desperate for information and ‘an informed opinion’ about the recent tragic death of Iain D Campbell.     It still disappoints me that in a world where people are being killed, this is considered so newsworthy that it merits so many column inches and so much gossip. … Continue reading Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response

Did the Church Spread by Violence? Apologetics 101 – no.12

This is the latest in my apologetics series for Christian Today – click here for the original. “These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also” Acts 17:6 The life, teaching, death and resurrection of Jesus would have been useless to us unless we heard about it. Jesus ascending to heaven would just mean that he had gone. If, as looked highly likely, the early Church … Continue reading Did the Church Spread by Violence? Apologetics 101 – no.12

The Shack – The New Pilgrims Progress?

I was asked about the Shack – the multi million seller book which is about to be made into a movie – so here is a review article I wrote a few years ago. I still think it stands….  The Professor – “This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress did for his. It’s that good!” Eugene Petersen. … Continue reading The Shack – The New Pilgrims Progress?

A Welcome in the Hills and a Lesson for the Church…

We had a lovely walk yesterday up Turin hill at Aberlemno in Angus. Although there is a ‘right to roam’ in Scotland one of the local farmers was clearly not keen to have anyone walk through his land. The double knotted tied gates, electric fences and removed signs all indicated that. When he drove up to us on his quad bike and just stopped and glared … Continue reading A Welcome in the Hills and a Lesson for the Church…

The Shelter of the Most High – New Year, Old Hope – a Personal Testimony

As we reach the end of another year, and enter a new one full of hopes, fears and promises, it is always a good time to look back and give thanks, and to look forward with anticipation. I am sitting in Heathrow airport about to board a plane to Kuala Lumpur, for a wedding and hopefully on to Australia to visit my daughter Becky. I … Continue reading The Shelter of the Most High – New Year, Old Hope – a Personal Testimony

Town Planning – Bringing God into the equation

This is my latest article on Christian Today – looking at the original concept of the Garden City – which was designed to exclude Christianity!    What happens if we do town planning without God? http://www.christiantoday.com/article/planning.paradise.if.town.planners.and.politicians.had.to.live.in.their.own.creations/36340.htm Continue reading Town Planning – Bringing God into the equation

The Tatchell Debate on Same Sex Marriage

The world is a surreal place.  36 hours ago I left Dundee and took the train to Edinburgh.  Tonight I am writing this on the return journey.  In between I have been in Malaga debating Peter Tatchell, live on Revelation TV.  I find that surreal because we live in a world where it is as easy to go to Malaga for a day, as it … Continue reading The Tatchell Debate on Same Sex Marriage