What should we expect from preachers?

Most people watch television, so public speakers including preachers should thereby learn some presentational skills. This being so, preachers who cannot read the Scripture clearly and intelligibly are without excuse.  It is sometimes evident from the wrong emphasis they use in their reading of Scripture that they do not understand what they are reading. What …

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Those who do not like the godly

The godly are a rare breed in our day.  Even so, many people do what they can to avoid them – at least, those who will speak to them about the things that matter. Rather like references to sin and Sabbath, the conversation of the godly reminds them of God and eternity, which they do not …

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Before or from the foundation of the world?

There are many misquotations of Scripture that need to be corrected.  I will gather over time a list of them here and put them into biblical order for easy consultation, but beginning with the one in the title of this blogpost. I will also supply mnemonics or the rationale which will help people to remember …

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Christian scribes

The scribes and Pharisees were opposed to Jesus and His teaching. Jesus accused them of hypocrisy: 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you close the kingdom of heaven against mankind: for you neither go in yourselves, neither do you allow those entering to have entered’ Mat 23:13. He also exposed the inadequacy of …

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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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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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Martin Luther – Europe’s Reformer

Today we remember the 500th anniversary of the trigger that began the European Protestant Reformation, when Professor Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses for discussion to the door of the castle church in Wittenberg, Germany. There are many theologians but few reformers.  We commonly speak of the first and second generation Reformers, but without the …

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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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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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