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A Beginner’s Guide to Apologetics: Introduction 6 January 2020

we have assembled a range of scholars who are experts in their fields, such as scientists, mathematicians, philosophers, and historians. We have asked each of them to explain in accessible terms, but with academic rigour, why there are good reasons to believe, found within their discipline. Read more

Everyday is an Adventure: Dez’s Story 3 January 2020

I have changed from a violent, loveless drug addict to a man who is happily married and full of love Read more

As a New Year beckons…  30 December 2019

So please join us, as one year fades, and another rises. Firstly looking back, and thanking God for every blessing past. Secondly looking ‘now’ and making sure we are right with God, and then looking forwards, trusting God, and looking to Him, for love, joy, hope, satisfaction and fruitfulness. Read more

Engaging with Pullman, Part Five: Pullman on Alienation and the Argument from Desire 22 December 2019

That is why the gospel of Jesus – the King of Heaven – is the better story, than the Republic of Heaven that Pullman’s story is all about! Read more

Solas & Church Based Ministry 20 December 2019

One of the things that make our partnership with churches a real joy is that we don’t just forge useful working arrangements; but also make great friends. Read more

Engaging with Pullman, Part Four: Dust and the Signals of Transcendence 16 December 2019

However, sadly, Pullman has not yet left behind the secular worldview to discover that the Christian worldview makes better sense of consciousness.  Nevertheless, there is still a glimmer of hope!  Read more

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11 BBC Interviews in 90 Minutes… Hope and the End of the World! 13 December 2019

the BBC were looking for someone to speak on all the Sunday Morning BBC local radio shows across the UK. They particularly wanted to talk about Christianity and the environment, but the starting point was “The End of the World” and the family in Holland who had been living in a cellar for seven years, afraid that the end of the world was coming. Read more

Christmas Past, Present and Future 9 December 2019

But ultimately, the family which celebrates Christmas, the family that is celebrated at Christmas, is the family of God. At Christmas we don’t simply recognise that we have been made into a new family. We invite others to also become part of that famil Read more

Confident Christianity conferences and the local church. Two pastors talk about their experience 6 December 2019

Working with Solas was great, working with Solas was very easy. One because Solas are absolutely committed to working in partnership with churches. Actually, it never felt as if it was a “Solas” conference! It was a conference that was primarily led by the local churches but getting all the benefit from the Solas ministry, infrastructure and so on. It felt like a genuine partnership. It was good. Read more

Engaging with Pullman, Part Three: Pullman on God and the Church 2 December 2019

let me suggest that while the story is new, the slander is not!  Questions about the character and goodness of God go right back to the Garden of Eden.  The first lie called into question God’s love and benevolent intentions towards the human race Read more

Book: Come and Behold Him, Christmas Through Different Eyes 29 November 2019

David J. Randall has produced a helpful little book for anyone who wants to scratch below the surface of the Christmas story Read more

Changing work, changing times, abiding opportunities 25 November 2019

Still, you won’t find many churches where the sixteen-year-old going for their first holiday job at the COOP is taught a theology of work. You won’t find many churches where people going to work have a biblical vision for God’s purposes for them there. Read more

Outreach in Stirling – “Has Science Buried God? 22 November 2019

Science and the Christian faith, far from being at war with one another, actually fit together very well. This is partly because they are answering a different set of questions, but also because Christianity actually provides the best foundation for doing science. Read more

Engaging with Pullman, Part Two: Pullman and the Power of Stories 18 November 2019

The driving story of His Dark Materials is a quest to kill God – the Authority – and liberate the world from the tyranny of the Church – the Magisterium.  It finishes with the rallying cry that now the king of heaven is dead that we must build “the Republic of Heaven” on earth. Read more

Book: Am I Just My Brain? by Sharon Dirckx 11 November 2019

In this short book, Sharon Dirckx provides a very helpful introduction to some extremely big topics. As she points out in the introduction, how we answer the question ‘Am I just my brain?’ has implications for free will, robotics, ethics and religion, so the stakes are high. Read more

Creation Fest 2019 8 November 2019

A highlight from the last few months, teaching apologetics to crowds in the sunshine! Read more

Engaging with Pullman, Part One: Why I’ll be watching ‘His Dark Materials’ and so should you! 4 November 2019

This is the sensational story that the BBC have spent some £50 million bringing to the screen.  The first series, retelling the first book “Northern Lights”, will be watched by millions of people in this weekend prime time slot in the run up to Christmas.  Some critics have dismissed the books as “atheism for kids” Read more

The End of Tolerance 28 October 2019

None of us want to be tolerated. If you’re still not convinced, I put it to you that you don’t want other people to tolerate you. Rather you want to be listened to. You want to be taken seriously. To be heard. Read more

Can we be good without God? 21 October 2019

The question of whether a person can be good without God might seem a strange one. After all, surely none of us would be so arrogant as to claim that only those who believe in God can live a good life. Read more

Book Review: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood. 14 October 2019

Whilst some readers might see the book as a condemnation of Christianity, and of the danger of a doctrine of revelation which requires submission to an ancient text. We note that in both these books Jesus isn’t mentioned and Bibles are locked up Read more

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Confident Christianity conference: Aberdeen 11 October 2019

. It was also really encouraging to see Christians from across the churches in Aberdeen coming together to think about this. I hope that conference will have an overflow-effect so that this won’t be just a one-off fun event for a Saturday, but actually begins to change the way we engage with our colleagues in a day-to-day life Read more

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Living with Cancer 7 October 2019

“Praying has become a lot less religious and a lot more real, and much, much more from the heart; less about what we ‘ought’ to be praying because that’s what other people would approve.” Read more

Book Review: Why? Looking at God, evil and personal suffering by Sharon Dirckx 30 September 2019

I particularly liked the focus on our personal role (‘Am I responsible for anyone else’s suffering?’ is one chapter heading), and the constant pointers back to Jesus’ work on the cross (‘Can a broken story be fixed?’) Read more

Powerpoint+ 25 September 2019

“It was great to work together with SU Scotland, Powerpoint, and Mike Pilavachi and speak to hundreds and hundreds of eager young people who want to go deeper with God” Read more

Reasons for God 23 September 2019

Four solid reasons to believe the extraordinary claims of the Christian faith. Read more

Book: The Paradox of Happiness by René Breuel 16 September 2019

The Bible, he notes, urges us to pursue goodness, not happiness – but it turns out that “goodness is deliciously happy!”. Read more

A Parent’s Guide to the 5 Sceptics Who Want to Shame Your Kids for Being Christian 9 September 2019

Here are the five most common sceptics who want to shame your kids for being Christian. Read more

Lives Transformed at the “Top of the Town” 2 September 2019

people just break down when you show them any kind of compassion and love. They’ve forgotten what it is like to be loved because they have been rejected for so long. They say, “Why are you doing this?” “Why are you talking to me?” “Why are you nice to me?” “Why are you talking to my friends?” – they are initially really suspicious, but then they realise that we are giving and we are not expecting anything in return; we’re giving and giving and giving – and it’s Jesus that we are giving them. Read more

Confident Christianity conference: Cowplain, Hampshire 28 August 2019

people have found today so helpful because it was real, it was informative but also inspired people who are shy in talking about their faith to think ‘I can do this!’ Read more

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Book: A.S.K. (Real World Questions, Real Word Answers) by David Robertson 26 August 2019

The questions that drive this book are clearly heartfelt ones, from young people wrestling with faith, doubt, ethics and some very difficult personal situations. The first thing to note and commend about A.S.K. is that these young people have been given the chance to ask these questions, and to engage with serious answers. Read more

Doing God’s Mission, Jesus’ Way 19 August 2019

the closer to Jesus’ model we stick, the more authentic, fruitful and honouring to God we are. When the church, and mission agencies drift away from Jesus’ model, things start to go wrong. Read more

The Pursuit of Happiness? Big questions in Blairgowrie. 14 August 2019

Everybody yearns for happiness, and security in an intact identity; yet huge numbers of people find these goals elusive. Read more

Conversations that Count 12 August 2019

I honestly believe it could radically change the depth and enjoyment of your conversations about God and the fruitfulness that comes from them. That is what I have found personally and that is my prayer for you. Read more

Lawrence and the pigs 5 August 2019

But then he just started laughing and made a face that seemed to say, “That story makes no sense.” So I asked him how the leader answered his question, and Lawrence’s laughter came to a sudden stop. He told me the Bible study leader took his question seriously and started by admitting that he wasn’t sure. That impressed Lawrence as humble and sincere. Read more

Outreach in Inverness 3 August 2019

One of the keys to sharing the gospel of Christ in Scotland and around the UK today, seems to be to take the message outside the walls of the church. Wherever we do events in coffee houses, pubs, restaurants, hotels, sports clubs, or other ‘neutral venues’, people who don’t yet believe in Jesus come and listen and engage. Read more

Curry and Conversation 31 July 2019

A great curry and conversation night near Glasgow shows how the church can engage people with the message of Jesus. Read more

The NUA Film Series 29 July 2019

The real heart behind NUA is to enable a better conversation about faith, which will enable young people to dig deeper, explore what they believe, and share honestly Read more

GENEXIS 26 July 2019

Paul Downes QC has enlisted a phenomenal line-up of speakers to address some of the greatest reasons to believe in the existence of God, such as the design of the universe, and the human desire for goodness, justice, morality and meaning. Read more

Book: God’s Undertaker: Has Science Buried God by John Lennox 22 July 2019

As an expert in mathematics, including probability and chaos theory, Lennox analyses and explains the fine tuning of the physical forces and constants of the universe, and the information richness of the genetic code. These facts point to intelligent input Read more

Solas, Rural Ministry and Lee Abbey 17 July 2019

“It was particularly fantastic to have so much time with a group, because you really get to know them and talk in-depth about their situations; specific friends they are trying to share their faith with, particular issues they are dealing with; and to pray with some of them too.” Read more

It’s Time To Go On The Offensive 15 July 2019

Rather than battening down the hatches, therefore, we need to go on an evangelism offensive. The secular consensus is crumbling, and we must humbly make the most of every opportunity—in the dorm room, at the bus stop, or by the water cooler. But we need to raise our game. Read more

Care, Equality & Freedom: What the Atheist-Psychologist Jonathan Haidt can teach us about Christian Apologetics. 8 July 2019

In today’s culture, people who possess no language of fairness, or compassion, or equality lose every time Read more

My faith, by Justin Brierley 1 July 2019

In the course of all that thinking, reading and debating, some of the things that I believe as a Christian have shifted and changed. Critically though, while I’ve heard every objection to God going, my faith is actually stronger. Read more

Book: More>Truth: Searching for Truth in an Uncertain World by Kristi Mair 24 June 2019

Mair helps us understand so clearly the struggles and contradictions at the heart of our culture’s relationship with truth Read more

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Coffee-shop evangelism in Dundee 19 June 2019

After speaking about Jesus, we had a great Q&A, and then conversations went on late into the night.. Read more

Fairies at the Bottom of the Garden 17 June 2019

We can be thrilled by the wonders of the cosmos and the little joys of our daily lives, yet still we yearn for something more. We can suppress it in ourselves and belittle it in others, but it tends to take its revenge, Read more

The Only Failure Is Unfaithfulness 10 June 2019

The measure of our success is nothing less than faithfulness. Whether your church grows in number or not, whether you lead more or less people to Christ this year than last year: the only question that matters is this: were you faithful? Read more

Pioneering Olympian Silvia Ruegger faces cancer with grace, running and an unrelenting faith. 5 June 2019

“I know I am loved. I trust him and his perfect love. There is no room for fear,” Read more

New Book, New Country! Andy Bannister interviews David Robertson (video) 29 May 2019

Andy interviewed David Robertson about his new book, and plans for Australia Read more

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Does ‘Matter’ Really Matter to God? 27 May 2019

If we try and pretend matter doesn’t matter, we get sucked into an unconscious materialism, we treat God’s earth without the respect God gives it, we cease worshipping God with our whole being, and we fail to enjoy God’s material blessings – which are not found in owning and possessing, but in enjoying, receiving and sharing God’s gift of creation Read more

THRIVE: The Gospel in the Workplace 22 May 2019

Learning how to be open about your faith at work, and talking about Jesus without being fired! Read more

Grace versus Karma 20 May 2019

Do we reap what we sow? Do we get what we deserve when we die?Hinduism, Jainism, Buddhism and Sikhism, India’s contribution to the world, teach that our thoughts and actions have consequences, namely rewards or punishments. Goodness leads to rewards and bad thoughts and actions lead to pain and suffering. This, in a nutshell, is Karma. Read more

Training Pastors in Edinburgh 15 May 2019

If you are reading this, and you are a church leader/minister/pastor, one of the things we want to do at Solas is to be a practical, helpful resource to the church Read more

How Oxford and Peter Singer drove me from atheism to Jesus 6 May 2019

Christianity was also, to my surprise, radical – far more radical than the leftist ideologies with which I had previously been enamoured. Read more

Equip – Youth Apologetics with Scripture Union Scotland 1 May 2019

One of the mistakes the church makes is that we ignore this age-group. We think all they need is pizza and videos, rather than realising that these guys really want to engage with serious issues and big questions Read more

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Is Evangelism Evil? 29 April 2019

Almost Half of Practicing Christian Millennials Say Evangelism Is Wrong’. The implication seems to be that a whole generation of Christians see evangelism as a poisoned well, from which we are inviting people to drink. Read more

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‘The most effective tool for sharing the gospel is your home!’ 22 April 2019

By ROSARIA BUTTERFIELD Over the years, we have come to learn this. What stops us from practicing hospitality is our plenty, not our lack. We have too much, and we love too much what we have. Statistics have borne out this truth: meagre homes and poor churches give and gather more; wealthy homes and upscale churches horde and micromanage more. Read more

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Evangelism Training at St Silas, Glasgow 17 April 2019

“What does it mean to be human?” I think that is one of the great questions of our age which pops up all over the place. Read more

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Easter Evidence: Academics who Believe in the Resurrection of Jesus. 15 April 2019

by Vince Vitale If you were to lock a group of atheist philosophers who do not specialize in religion in a room with theist philosophers who do (don’t actually do this, but if you did) and listen to the ensuing debates, you “would have to conclude that the theists definitely… Read more

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Short Answers for Easter 10 April 2019

Two of our most popular ever Short Answers have been about Easter. As we approach the Easter season, enjoy these—but why not share them on social media, or show them to friends, colleagues and family as discussion starters?  Read more

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“My resolute agnosticism crumbled under the weight of the evidence for Jesus” – Derek’s Story 8 April 2019

So I started to look (really look) for this atheistic evidence on Jesus. I trawled bookshops for books on atheism. I scoured atheist websites. I read detailed, hostile reviews of “The Case for Christ”. I listened to and read articles and interviews with well known atheists. I read the New Testament for myself. I read biographies and critiques of Jesus by non-Christians. I did this when I was an agnostic. I still do this today as a follower of Jesus. Read more

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New Speaker Opportunity 4 April 2019

Solas is excited to announce that we are actively searching for a gifted speaker to join our ministry. We need someone to work with the growing Solas team to help fulfill the speaking, writing and teaching obligations of Solas (both in terms of evangelism and evangelism training) throughout the country and, where required, further afield. Read more

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TV: Ricky Gervais’ After Life 1 April 2019

Ricky Gervais’ After Life is brilliantly observed and delivered, but it’s message is desperately naive, and utterly insufficient to face the true realities of living” writes Andrew Roycroft. Read more

An Evening with Edinburgh University Islamic Society 27 March 2019

In the last few weeks I have also had the incredibly exciting opportunity of going and speaking at Edinburgh University. This time though, it was not at any of the campus Christian groups, but at the Edinburgh University Islamic Society. The way that meeting came about is hilarious! Read more

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Totali-shame-ism and the End of Mercy 25 March 2019

And here’s the thing. There’s no forgiveness, no mercy, no forgetting. Just a relentless drive to judge and denounce. Read more

The Commission: Christian Men Together 20 March 2019

I think the same is true of evangelism. Fear doesn’t have to be paralysing Read more