2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

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No Room for Jesus – A Christmas Message meets with a Bitter Response that Proves its Point!

Thank you David


I wrote the following ‘Christmas message’ as a reflection which the Free Church put on its website. I had not anticipated the take up by the press (so far as I aware the Scotsman, Herald, Evening Telegraph and Courier have run with it as a story), nor did I expect such a bitter response (of which more later). Anyway here is the full text of the original message – I will put the press links and some of the responses at the end.

No room in the inn for Jesus
December 23, 2014

Being a good traditional Scot I grew up much preferring New Years Day to Christmas. However people change and now I really do enjoy the opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ and to reflect in the mid-winter darkness on the light of the world being incarnated.

It seems to me though a little ironic that, as…

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Turning Christmas into Mythmas – Why we shouldn’t ditch the virgin birth



This article was published today. You can get the original here –
Why the Virgin Birth is Important – Article in Christian Today

Turning Christmas into Mythmas: why we shouldn’t ditch the virgin birth

“There are hundreds of Greek, Egyptian and Roman myths about babies being born on December 25, why should we believe yours?” The young Goth, dressed in black from head to toe, was insistent. In a packed lecture theatre in Belfast I felt compelled to answer, perhaps not in the wisest manner. “You, sir, are a prime example of the dangers of Wikipedia,” I began, before going on to point out that there were not hundreds of myths.

When the young man met me at the end of the talk I apologised for breaking the first rule of public debate – ‘Don’t belittle your opponents.’ But he just laughed and said “No, I thought you were going…

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