Postcards from Palookaville

Postcards from Palookaville

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...
The Spin was told last week that the Big Eva Establishment will likely not engage us on the complementarianism issue because of our decision to adopt a tone of mockery relative to certain expressions of the movement. Being ridiculed is, of course, an occupational hazard for those who say ridiculous...
As a taster of what is to come on the Spin podcast -- we spent today recording and pulled in some high-powered guests. Tony Esolen -- Renaissance man, professor of English, translator of Dante, scourge of Fox News ('It was like trying to explain quantum physics to a golden retriever') --...
The prize for the most confusing statement of the day (and maybe the week) goes to the Gospel Coalition, who apparently found this statement worth tweeting : "It’s more masculine to be attracted to men yet obedient to God than attracted to women and disobedient to God." You can read...
My trip to Belfast last week to speak for the Reformed Presbyterians and the Evangelical Presbyterians was a great reminder of the truth of Chrissie Hynde’s lyric, some things change, some stay the same. As to staying the same, I find that every time I visit Ulster I am invited to some...
Last week’s post brought some of the usual reactions – Why do I write about celebrity all the time? Why do I appear to be hitting friends? Given that my arguments seem in danger of being dismissed because of perceived flaws in my character and motivation, some response to personal...
La Diva just sent me this comment from her blog which she was 'so humbled' to receive: Aimee. More and more you demonstrate fine writing and clear thinking [CRT: She's hanging out with me. Hey, some of my magic was bound to rub off]. It is also apparent to me that you are twice as smart...
Analyses of the ‘Trump Moment’ in American politics vary in the details but what is clear is that disillusionment with the Washington Establishment -- oft touted in previous elections but rarely seen as having practical electoral significance – might finally be having an impact...
This just in from an Australian reader who takes exception to my advice on London hostelries. Always happy to offer constructive response to those who need some guidance on life's questions: Dear Dr Carl, I used to admire your wit and intelligence [CRT: Good man! Though the past tense gives...