Topical issues

Topical issues

Your truth? My truth? The truth?

No one likes to be lied to. Without truth there can be no trust. But what is truth? Does it really exist? Well, think about it for a moment. It’s actually impossible to say “truth does not exist” without at the same time making a truth claim! Try to deny that truth exists, and you’ll only end up proving it does. But how do you determine if some particular thing is true? Is something true if it feels true? No.…

Cancel Culture…in Amersham?

We live at a tricky time. Expressing what you believe, on any number of social, moral or political issues, can quickly lead to your marginalisation or even cancellation. Scary though that prospect may be, it is as of nothing compared with the fate you could have suffered in England 500 years ago, simply for holding different beliefs from the King or the Church. A monument off Station Road in Amersham, Buckinghamshire, UK, records the ‘cancellation’, by execution, of eleven local…

Climate Change

“I want you to panic. I want you to feel the fear I feel every day. I want you to act. I want you to act as you would in a crisis. I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.” Stirring words from Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Our world is in peril. We are facing more frequent and more intense droughts, storms and heat waves. Sea levels are rising, glaciers are melting…

Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga and amazon.com

How do you sum up Western culture in one sentence? How about “Richard Dawkins, Lady Gaga and amazon.com”? What these cultural icons represent has come to dominate society, totally transcending religion, nationality and political affiliation, and exerting a powerful influence on us all.  Richard Dawkins Famed atheist Richard Dawkins represents an 18th Century movement called ‘the Enlightenment’1 which succeeded in replacing the authority of the Bible with human reason. Then, in the 19th Century, along came Charles Darwin2 and replaced…

What about Transubstantiation and the Mass?

Once a matter of life and death, transubstantiation is now generally a matter of indifference. Turn the clock back 450 years and transubstantiation is one of the hottest issues of the day. On the one hand the Roman Catholic Church taught: “If any one shall say that…[in the Mass]…there remains the substance of bread and wine together with the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; and shall deny that wonderful and singular conversion of the whole substance of…

Is the Sabbath for Today? Should Christians be Sabbatarian?

The question of the Sabbath, and whether or not Christians are expected to observe it, is a huge issue in the minds of many people. The world’s largest Sabbath-keeping group is the 20-million-member 7th Day Adventist Church. Their Saturday Sabbath message is making headway on all continents and they are growing rapidly. Broadly speaking there are three basic options when it comes to the ‘Saturday Sabbath’: The Creatorial Sabbath view holds that God instituted a compulsory ‘no-work 7th-day Sabbath’ at the beginning…

The DaVinci Code – A Christian Response

Dan Brown, author of best-selling novel “The DaVinci Code’, claims to know the truth about the greatest cover-up in human history. Though the information he discloses already existed in older non-fiction books such as ‘Holy Blood Holy Grail’ (Dell, 1983) and ‘The Templar Revelation’ (Simon & Schuster, 1998), it took what ‘The Boston Globe’ called a ‘dazzling performance’ by this previously almost unheard of American novelist to introduce this conspiracy theory to the wider world – first in print and…

Postmodernism – Explained and Exposed

“What’s true for you may not be true for me,” encapsulates the postmodern idiom fairly well. Despite its recent origin, postmodernism currently dominates Western 21st Century media, academia, politics and much of ‘the church’. Statistics reveal that a majority of young people in the West hold to the following ‘truth’; “There is no such thing as absolute truth.” A thing may be cool, OK or workable, but to say it is ‘true’ implies something else is ‘false’, a judgment call…

5 Reasons Why Tongues Have Ceased

Millions of people around the world claim to have the “gift of tongues” and to be able to “speak in tongues”. That the Bible speaks of such a gift is beyond dispute. The New Testament books of Acts and 1 Corinthians contain historical and doctrinal information relating to this gift. Two vital issues need to be considered: The modern phenomenon of “speaking in tongues” is not the same at the Biblical gift of speaking in tongues/languages (See “Tongues were Real…

Tongues Were Real Languages

“Speaking in tongues” has been a leading feature of the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement ever since its inception. The first supposed occurrence of “tongues speaking” in the modern era took place at 11.00pm on Jan 1st 1901 in Topeka, Kansas, USA, when Agnes Osman claimed to possess and use this gift. Aside from the historical fact that the gift of tongues ceased functioning with the death of the 12 apostles, the greatest proof that modern ‘speaking in tongues’ is not Biblical is this: Biblical tongues were…