Dissing Driscoll – some lessons from the rise and fall of Pastor Mark

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Christian Today asked me to reflect upon the explusion of Mark Driscoll from Acts 29 – it is something I was reluctant to do but here are some thoughts anyway. Its been interesting and sad to see just how obsessed some people are with Mark – for me the whole situation is one of sorrow. Having tweeted Janet Mefferd – a radio host who has been running a very personal and bitter campaign against Driscoll, I received a number of interesting replies – not least one that compared the situation with Driscoll, with ISIS and Hamas! The comparison shows the level of unreality that sometimes pervades Christian circles. Hope you enjoy the article – as usual, all comments welcome!

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/dissing.driscoll.what.the.church.can.learn.from.pastor.marks.fall.from.grace/39669.htm

All One In Christ – Is Keswick a key to revival in the UK today?

I enjoyed being at the Keswick convention this summer – it was and was not what I expected. In my latest article for Christian Today I try to reflect honestly on what a renewed Keswick might mean for the church in the UK today….your thoughts would be appreciated…

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/all.one.in.christ/39491.htm

You can get the original lecture here – http://theweeflea.wordpress.com/2014/08/02/the-apologetic-of-evil-the-keswick-lecture-16th-july-2014/

Belonging before Believing – do you need to believe in God before becoming a Church Member?

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The Church of Scotland Moderator has come out with an article in Life and Work which was reported in the Daily Mail as you don’t need to believe in God before you can be a member in the Church. No – that’s not a Monty Python joke – thats a serious notion of ‘christian’ evangelism….my response is below – thoughts appreciated.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/belonging.before.believing.a.recipe.for.a.dying.church/39171.htm

Jesus is Alive! Article in The Scotsman

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It is wonderful that this article is published in The Scotsman today. It is my response to Elton John’s claims about Jesus. I am delighted that we are able to testify in the national media that Jesus is alive! Tolle, Lege and pass it on!

http://www.scotsman.com/news/jesus-is-alive-with-joy-love-and-compassion-1-3494240

Boyhood – a film of genius

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Just returned from seeing this lengthy film at the DCA. It is a work of genius! I have no idea how Richard Linklater was able to bankroll something which took him at least twelve years to make. He takes a group of actors and comes back each year to film them at another stage of the film. As a result the young boy (played by a six year old Ellar Coltrane) grows into an 18 year old young man (played by an 18 year old Ellar Coltrane)…likewise with the other characters. And that is basically the plot. If action movies, weird plots etc are your thing, this is not the film for you. On the other hand if you are interested in brilliant film making, cinematography, great music and above all humanity this is your film. Even at two hours 40 minutes!

It evoked a whole range of emotions in me. Anger, love, frustration, pity, joy, tears..
When the teenage boy meets his fathers new in laws and they give him a bible, and then take him to church, I wanted to shout – thats what you need to make sense of this meaningless life. When his mother at the end of the film broke down at him leaving for college and wondered why life was so meaningless, when he himself asked ‘what is the point?’, I kept thinking read Ecclesiastes. The desire to be free and outwith the control of others I could totally empathise and I kept thinking ‘know the truth and the truth will set you free’.

A totally brilliant film. Please be aware it is a ’15’ – but then so is much of real life and this is one of the most real life films I have ever seen.

“Boyhood is an act of communion, lovely and enriching and ultimately sublime” VAnity Fair

“An achievement of a lifetime” – The Daily Telegraph.

“There is hardly a better or more noble thing a film can do than inspire love…. I love this film more than I can say” – The Guardian

Commonwealth, Disney, Eurovision, Brigadoon – reflections on the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games

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I suspect this one is not going to win me many friends. Whilst there was much that was good about the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games – overall it left me ashamed of Scotland – or at least how we are portrayed – and how we now portray ourselves – as a dumbed down, tartanised, branded, Godless nation. In this piece on ChristianToday we look at some of the things we learnt about modern Scotland – and indeed modern Western society….enjoy and feel free to comment.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/commonwealth.disney.eurovision.brigadoon.reflections.on.the.opening.ceremony/39086.htm

Janet Parshall show – 21st July 2014

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It now seems as though I am doing a monthly radio show with Janet Parshall on Moody Radio. I very much enjoy talking with her and find her a stimulating and encouraging host….here is the latest show (on evil – my theme of the moment!)…which was broadcast live last night….the next one has been booked for the 21st of August…

http://www.moodyradio.org/radioplayer.aspx?episode=138592&hour=1

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