A merry heart is a good medicine

Not many people know that this is a quotation from the Bible. ‘A merry heart does good like a medicine’ Pro 17:22. Some Christians are too morose for their own good and for the good of Christianity. Some people think that serious Christians should be morose; rather morose Christians need to learn their Christian behaviour …

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The Protestant reversal

The Protestant Reformation was a revival of biblical scholarship which led to the recovery of the Gospel.  Nowadays things are not so clear. There are many documented examples of Roman Catholic clerics being ignorant of the Bible at the time of the 16th century European Reformation, and in such an environment it was relatively easy …

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Homosexual Christians – an oxymoron?

There are real oxymorons – Unitarian Christians and Arian Christians – and there are what ought to be oxymorons but are only too real – flawed Christians and sinful Christians. Is it any surprise?  Biblical students and students of human nature should not be surprised.  So why is it a great surprise that there are …

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Scotland needs a Reformer

The main message from the 500th anniversary of the European Reformation is that Scotland needs a Reformer.  We have plenty of theologians and preachers, but no reformer. Scotland's Reformer was John Knox but we have fallen upon such backsliding times that we need a new one, but at present Scotland has no reformer.  A reformer …

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Main stream media is the secular pulpit

Preachers have a habit of missing the mark. Jesus Christ majored on what mattered and accused preachers in His day of omitting the weightier matters.  In our day, preachers are failing to address the secular dogmas being preached by the mass media. The greatest errors of our day are being preached through the mass and …

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Every idle word that men shall speak…

The language battle is heating up. Redefining marriage is the most spectacular and far-reaching milestone on the secular journey to destroy Christian values in western society, but the language battle began a long time ago with tolerating swearing and blasphemy.  Christian terms such as Jesus, Christ, God, Lord, heavens above, hell and damn are all …

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Peer group pressure is changing you

Cambridge Analytica, a company which specialises in behaviour change, is credited, along with Facebook, with Donald Trump’s victory in the US Presidential election victory on 8/11/2016. The homepage of Cambridge Analytica's website says “Data drives all that we do.  Cambridge Analytica uses data to change audience behavior [sic].’ This is an acknowledgement that peer group …

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Signs of the Times

We are living in interesting and significant times, with a number of notable anniversaries co-inciding. 31st October 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Martin Luther unwittingly commenced the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses for discussion on the door of the Castle …

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Denial and post-truth – the real problem with faith

The film Denial has been recently released in British cinemas after its premier at the Toronto film festival on '9/11' last year and its UK premier on Holocaust Memorial Day 27th January 2017.  It gives the outline of the libel trial brought by notorious Holocaust denier David Irving against the American historian Deborah Lipstadt for …

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What do we do about confusion in congregational preaching?

Intelligent listeners will notice differences in teaching between preachers even in the same denomination, as well as between denominations. The right of private judgment is permitted to Christians, but the continuous and unchallenged preaching of different doctrines only leads to confusion in congregations - and God is not the author of confusion 1Cor 14:33. So …

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