Creation Matters

Creation Matters

It no longer surprises me – but it does always sadden me – when I hear evangelical Christians who claim to accept the inspiration of Scripture and its ultimate authority yet say that we don’t have to take the opening verses of the Bible at face value. Too many Christians have become embarrassed by the […]

Pray Big

Pray Big

Pray Big.  Alistair Begg. The Good Book Company, 2019 Of the making of books on prayer there seems to be no end, and that fact probably reflects the need that almost of all of us feel for more help in this vitally important area of our Christian lives.  The problem, in my experience, is that […]

It’s Official: Expressing an Opinion is not a Hate Crime

It’s Official: Expressing an Opinion is not a Hate Crime

How refreshing to read of a case where a Judge has thrown out a charge against someone who has been accused of hate speech when all he was doing was expressing a personal opinion and engaging in free speech. Harry Miller, a former police officer, took legal action after police recorded alleged transphobic tweets as […]

“Quote – Unquote”

“Quote – Unquote”

For some people, study is an end in itself, or perhaps a means to the end of teaching. But even though the subject matter is Scripture, for these people there is no personal commitment to living under its precepts – to ordering their marriage, their finances, their talk, their priorities, their values, by the Word […]

Context Matters

Context Matters

Ask any of my students what my most repeated mantra is and without a shadow of a doubt, and hardly a moment to think about it, they will answer – correctly – “context determines meaning”. My congregation also smile whenever I mention the word context because they are so familiar with it. I make no […]

An Open Letter to Professing Christian SNP Politicians

Here is the content of a letter sent today to Kate Forbes (MSP) and Ian Blackford (MP) I am writing to you as the only two professing Christians that I know of within the ranks of the SNP to raise the issue of Derek Mackay. What a clear example of where the moral compass of […]

The SNP – The Society for the Normalising of Pornography

I am, I can assure you, the least political person I know. I don’t get involved in discussions about politics, and very few people would know what my political persuasions are. I like to keep it that way and focus on Christian things. However, there are times when even someone like me has to speak […]

For Once…Good News from Sudan

Many readers of this blog will know of my long association with, and deep commitment to, the cause of the gospel in both Sudan and South Sudan. I spent a number of years travelling in and out of both countries, even before the south seceded, running training course and helping raise finances for various church […]

“…relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews…” (Esther 4:14)

Yesterday was, of course, Holocaust Memorial Day, and in the Lord’s amazing providence and timing, last night, as my wife and I continued our reading through Don Carson’s excellent devotional aid ‘For the Love of God’, we read Esther 4, where Mordecai learns of Haman’s genocidal plot and gets the news to Esther in the […]

The Grimmest Reaper of them all

The Grimmest Reaper of them all

Do you know what kills most people around the world in any one year? war? natural disasters? terrorism? No, none of the above. The actual answer is ABORTION! “Abortion was the number one cause of human death worldwide in 2019 by far, with over 42 million killed. (HT: www.disrn.com) “There have been 42.4 million abortions […]