LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

Welcome to LED no. 24….as always we try to bring you a mixture of articles and comments, which illustrate and illuminate the world we live in. The Oxfam Scandal –   The stories about Oxfam (and other large charities) are appalling. It’s not just that Oxfam workers engaged in sexual abuse but that Oxfam knew and attempted to cover up. What intrigues me about this is … Continue reading LED 24 – The Oxfam Scandal; The Tom Daley Baby; Sexual Morality; Christian Leader Expelled from the Scouts; Voices of the Silenced: Celebrating a new South African President; Hi Magazine; Quote of the Week.

The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?

This article was first published on the Affinity website Guest contributor David Robertson writes about a culture clash in the Scottish Western Isles reflecting a broader issue that has implications for us all… It used to be said that that only way for the Free Church of Scotland to get its views on any subject heard was to put out a press release stating “Free Church says don’t drop … Continue reading The Stornoway Sabbath – Relic from a Bygone Age?

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

Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church

Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church The young Chinese student was enthusiastic. She had only been attending church for a few weeks but she wanted to say how much she loved it all. But why, I asked, was she as an atheist attending a Christian church in a foreign country? ‘Because it’s the nearest thing to the Communist party … Continue reading Christmas in China: Why the Communist party will never control the church

Kevin McKenna – It is time to stand up to those who wish to criminalise faith – article in The Herald

I have been arguing for years that our society is becoming more intolerant, not less and that in rejecting our Christian roots we will end up rejecting our Christian fruits (including tolerance).   I have tried, often without success, to get this message, into the secular media – but occasionally there are shafts of light that break through and wee victories which encourage.  Today is … Continue reading Kevin McKenna – It is time to stand up to those who wish to criminalise faith – article in The Herald

Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843.  I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people.  But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach us – so as we head into the General Assemblies … Continue reading Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

The Lucky Number that gets you to Heaven – Revelation 15

  David Robertson continues his  Revelation series (This article was published in Christian Today on 2nd April – you can read the original Here) Do you, should you, have a lucky number? If Christians played the lottery I wonder what number we would use the most? Seven is apparently the one that is chosen by humans throughout the world more than any other – it baffles historians … Continue reading The Lucky Number that gets you to Heaven – Revelation 15

Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’

Here is this weeks column in Christian Today….It is interesting that for the past couple of weeks one of the editors has published articles teaching God is not in control.  My column is a commentary on Revelation 5 linking it to current affairs.  It is not intended as a direct rebuttal, but it ends up being so!  See what you think…. Language is so revealing. … Continue reading Revelation 5 – Is Jesus ‘Post-Truth?’

Why the Ashers Gay Cake Case Proves our Freedom is Under Threat

The following is  my article in Premier yesterday. Let me add a few thoughts. I expected the militant secularists and humanists to take great delight in this.  But it is interesting that more rational and less bigoted people immediately saw the stupidity and danger of the decision – read these articles from  The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Spectator  as examples.  However it is profoundly disappointing that some professing Christians just … Continue reading Why the Ashers Gay Cake Case Proves our Freedom is Under Threat

The Victorious Persecuted Church

This is the latest Revelation Study on Christian Today A church burned down by Boko Haram in Damasak, Nigeria, March 24, 2015.   My brother Vijay was severely beaten this June in Jabalpur, India. My sister Shigo was executed in Syria last year. My sister Janani was killed by her mother in Sri Lanka. My brother Nadeem was beaten and abused in Pakistan because he dared … Continue reading The Victorious Persecuted Church