Confessions of a Rich Pastor

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Forbes recently came up with a list of the top ten richest pastors in the world. It includes such TV evangelists as Bishop TD Jakes (estimated worth £93 million), Bishop David Oyedepo (£93 million), Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Matthew Ahimolowo of KICC, Joseph Prince, and the wonderfully implausibly named Creflo Dollar

It is deeply sad that five of the top 10 are from Nigeria, where the poor are being fleeced by those who use Christianity as a get-rich-quick scheme. Oyedepo, nicknamed the Pastorpreneur, owns his own private jets and has homes in the UK and the US. His British church received £16.7 million in donations after followers were allegedly told that God would give them riches in return.

It’s nice work if you can get it and if that’s what you think life is about. Paul warns Timothy about those who think that “godliness is a means to financial gain”

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A Grain of Sand

In the last twenty four hours two Canadian soldiers have been murdered. One, Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, was deliberately run over in Saint Jean Sur-Richelieu, Quebec, the town which hosts Canada’s Royal Military College. The other, Corporal Nathan Cirillo of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, a ceremonial guard at the National War Memorial in Ontario was shot dead. In two cases within two days soldiers were murdered in places where you could be sure to find soldiers. Both terrorist attacks were carried out by converts to Islam.

The euphemisms immediately rolled out. Obama in particular termed the murder of Corporal Cirillo an act of ‘senseless violence’. It was not senseless violence to search out particular military target in order to commit murder in front of the National War Memorial, it was a deliberate symbolic assault on the Canadian state in the pursuit of an ideology. Just as the murder of Drummer…

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Can a Monkey Type “Hamlet” Given Enough (Infinite) Time?


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You’ve heard this before. Give a monkey an infinite amount of time on a typewriter and he/she will eventually type out Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. The idea is that no matter how impossible it might seem it’s just a matter of time. If the monkey has an infinite amount of time it will happen. Atheists and skeptics like to use this to illustrate the point that given the current theory of the multiverse which posits an infinite number of universes it is only natural that a universe like ours will exist so there is really nothing special about it. All this talk of fine tuning means nothing since infinite time plus matter will eventually produce a universe that can sustain life. No need for God.

In his book Why Science Does not Disprove God Amir Aczel explains how this really does not work. He writes,

“The heart of the argument…

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Quantum of Solas 7 – The one with Ukraine, Turkey, ISIS, Ebola, Tony Campolo, Ian Paisley and the Woman who Married Herself

Worth listening to

Evangelicals being persecuted in Ukraine | Turkey stops Kurds returning to Syria | Ebola missionaries | Tony Campolo’s tribe | Ian Paisley | Grace Gelder – the woman who married herself.

Enjoy, pass on and as always comments welcome…

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My View On LGBTI Rights – An Article in KaleidoScot

Well said David …

This one should set the cat amongst the pigeons!

Recently an article appeared in a gay magazine which was critical of my nomination as moderator-designate. I challenged it and asked for the right of reply. To the credit of the editor, Dan Littauer, I was given it. So here is my first (and hopefully not last) article in a gay magazine.

The original article is here –

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Quantum of Solas – the God TV edition

Important , take time to look

We hope you will find this podcast helpful – feel free to pass on, comment etc. The article I wrote for Christian Today has gone viral and this is the podcast version.

The original article is here –

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“God is King” by Herman Bavinck


Tolle Lege

“Preservation itself, after all, is also a divine work, no less great and glorious than creation. God is no indolent God (deus otiosus). He works always (John 5:17), and the world has no existence in itself.

From the moment it came into being, it has existed only in and through and unto God (Neh. 9:6; Ps. 104:30; Acts 17:28; Rom. 11:36; Col. 1:15ff.; Heb. 1:3; Rev. 4:11). Although distinct from His being, it has no independent existence; independence is tantamount to nonexistence.

The whole world with everything that is and occurs in it is subject to divine government. Summer and winter, day and night, fruitful and unfruitful years, light and darkness—it is all his work and formed by him (Gen. 8:22; 9:14; Lev. 26:3ff.; Deut. 11:12ff.; Job 38; Ps. 8, 29, 65, 104, 107, 147; Jer. 3:3; 5:24; Matt. 5:45; etc.).

Scripture knows no independent creatures; this would be an…

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