Postcards from Palookaville

Postcards from Palookaville

Over at ref21 my Alliance colleague Nick Batzig has, at my request, graciously allowed a non-Alliance author, Bruce Ware, to offer a measured but firm reply to Liam Goligher and myself. I am also thankful to Denny Burk for passing on a copy to me in advance, with Bruce Ware’s permission. I...
The two timely posts by friend of MoS, Liam Goligher, have focused very specifically on the revision of the doctrine of God being offered, and endorsed, by some leading complementarians. Frankly, as Liam points out, we need to keep our issues with the earthly politics of gender out of our...
I have always been fascinated by the fact that, when Elijah scores his spectacular victory on Mount Carmel, he almost immediately plunges into depression. More fascinating, however, is the LORD’s response. The first thing He does is make sure that Elijah has food and rest. While Christians...
With human identity now up for grabs and the legal and cultural nastiness surrounding such issues escalating at a disturbing pace, churches need to be prepared for what is coming. There are three areas, related but distinct, which pastors and church people need to be aware of: the particular...
This just in from our Geordie critic. Notice there is no reference to the Reg Dwight problem, though I am prepared to concede the last point. Indeed this video proves both Knopfler's guitar pre-eminence and DS's complete lack of cool. I mean -- those dance moves???? TO: THE MONSIGNOR OF...
The indefatigable Rachel Miller is telling another tale . Or is it the same one? I'm losing count at this point. Given the scale of the evidence (once again) one wonders what some people have to do to lose credibility in the Christian world. But it is the Year of the Donald, I guess -- though...
Dear Carl, Many thanks for your recent article on this book which I read a little while ago. Although I am of a different churchmanship [CRT: there is only one churchmanship; if you are of a different one....] and am unacquainted with some of the background, this is indeed a very sad book. [CRT...
A friend brought my attention to this first-hand account , given in a review of David Randall's book and describing events which Randall himself recounts, of the way in which the 'not a hill to die on' strategy proved so disastrous in the Church of Scotland. It is a sobering reminder...
When Willie Philip led his congregation out of the Church of Scotland in 2012, he asked if I would write to the Presbytery of Glasgow, to plead with them to be reasonable over the legal issues surrounding the building. Willie and I had then known each other for nigh on twenty-five years, since the...
Church membership – that formal, public means of expressing your commitment to a congregation and of that congregation's commitment to you – is an important, in fact a vital, non-negotiable, part of being a Christian. As James Bannerman commented, the New Testament knows nothing of...