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“Religion Poisons Everything” 30 March 2020

It’s a tangled tale, but one corroborated by various high-profile atheists like popular ancient history writer Tom Holland. “In my morals and ethics,” he recently wrote, “I have learned to accept that I am not Greek or Roman at all, but thoroughly and proudly Christian.” Read more

Stirling University Christian Union – students on a mission 27 March 2020

This a really important topic for the students, as on campuses as many people are genuinely afraid that if they talk about their faith in Jesus they will look like fools in front of their peers or Profs. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the Kalam Cosmological Argument 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶🌶 23 March 2020

The first of those premises – whatever begins to exist has a cause – seems to be almost indisputable. After all, something cannot simply pop into being uncaused. The principle of causality – that effects are always produced by causes – is what undergirds the scientific endeavour. In every realm of experience, new things are brought into being by causes. Read more

Andy at The National Geographic in Washington DC 20 March 2020

A woman seemed to be struck by the fact that the things we usually look to in order to find happiness don’t work; and had figured out the religious implications of that. Her question was ‘is it possible to find ultimate happiness in a secular way – without reference to any form of spirituality?’ I basically, but rather gently said, ‘no’, and explained why I thought that the three lower levels of the human search for happiness, such as food and sex (animal happiness), success, or even in serving others, all run out, because they are not designed to be ultimate. Read more

Five Ways Worry Can Be Helpful 19 March 2020

Concern takes wise action and prays dependently. Worry, or over-concern, thinks and acts as though everything is either up to you or completely out of control, and prays desperately, if at all. Read more

Creation Stewardship: For the Glory of God and the Good of our Children 16 March 2020

Our stewardship of creation is a task delegated to us by God.  It is loving, compassionate, pro-human life, God-honouring and it can provide great opportunities for sharing our faith with others. Read more

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Book: The Big Ego Trip: Finding True Significance in a Culture of Self-Esteem 13 March 2020

If you want a critical [and reasonably academic] look at what happened and how to reclaim positive psychology for good [and for God] then this is a great place to start. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the Argument from Design, 🌶 🌶 🌶 🌶 9 March 2020

The inference we think is inevitable, that the watch must have had a maker, that there must have existed, at some time and at some place or other, an artificer or artificers who formed it for the purpose which, we find it actually to answer, who comprehended its construction and designed its use. Read more

Salisbury, the gospel, curry and questions! 6 March 2020

Our culture encourages us to seek affirmation in things like work, performance, success, sexuality, and so forth. There is nothing inherently wrong with any of these things, but they are not designed to be ultimate; Read more

‘Holy Sexuality’ – Solas in Conversation with Christopher Yuan 2 March 2020

So we don’t try to dress it up, or hide it behind our back or sit on it. Jesus says if your right eye causes you to sin gouge it out. Now that’s going to be painful. Sanctification is difficult and sometimes painful—but worth it! Read more

Book: Gunning for God: Why The New Atheists are Missing the Target, by John Lennox. 28 February 2020

Because they are led by a mistrust of religion which has spilled over into distaste and then blind-prejudice, the New Atheist literature if filled with misquotations, misrepresentations and unsupported assertions, which Lennox exposes and dismantles with some relish Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the Fine-Tuning Argument 🌶 🌶 🌶 24 February 2020

In the past few decades a broad consensus has emerged among physicists that a number of aspects of the physical cosmos appear to be ‘fine-tuned’ for life, which is to say, various aspects of its basic structure and of the fundamental laws that govern it are balanced on a knife-edge Read more

Confident Christianity in the Cairngorms 21 February 2020

It’s great to see a church which is such a welcoming community for someone who is searching, and is a place where people and their questions are really welcomed. Read more

Who created human rights? (and why it’s a problem for atheists) 17 February 2020

It is 70 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted by the United Nations. Following his Big Conversation debate with Peter Singer, Andy Bannister says the document still poses a significant problem for atheists Read more

Word 2020 14 February 2020

Bible 2020 is an innovative Bible reading programme which enables people to engage with the Bible alongside thousands of others; through a very slick smart-phone app. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the Best-Fit Argument, Part Two: The Existence of God 🌶 🌶 🌶 10 February 2020

I have identified three features of our universe that fit better with a theistic universe than they do with an atheistic universe Read more

Slavery and Salvation 7 February 2020

‘I searched and found five of the North Korean women I had sold. I wanted to ask for their forgiveness and to share the gospel with them, but I was sure they wouldn’t forgive me,’ Read more

A response to Reza Aslan’s “Zealot” 3 February 2020

The New Testament version of Jesus, according to Aslan, represents an almost total makeover of the real Jesus, arising out of two things, first the Christians’ claim that Jesus had risen from the dead, and second the fall of Jerusalem after the Jewish revolt of AD 66-70. Read more

Confident Christianity conference – Salisbury 31 January 2020

We had a good turn-out, a really engaged crowd, and it was exciting to see people getting excited about sharing the gospel. There was a real buzz on the day, they were a really lively and engaged audience. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the ‘Best-fit’ Argument: Part One 🌶 🌶 🌶 27 January 2020

I think we should reason more like the detective in our thinking about the existence of God and other big theories. We take several lines of evidence, and we try to show that the notion of God’s existence provides a better explanation for these bits of evidence than an alternative explanation. Read more

Solas Recommends: “Thank God for Western Values” 24 January 2020

“Because of Christianity, wrote Friedrich Nietzche,”the measure of a man’s compassion for the lowly and suffering come to be the measure of the loftiness of his soul.” Read more

Book: A Better Story: God, Sex & Human Flourishing 20 January 2020

Harrison manages to achieve these aims with great skill, combining serious academic rigour, with remarkably accessible language; while coupling orthodoxy with pastoral sensitivity. Read more

God and The Natural World 17 January 2020

It’s hugely important that Christian show that the gospel of Christ has something to say to the big issues of our day. Read more

A Beginner’s Guide to the Argument from Contingency 🌶 🌶 🌶 13 January 2020

It is widely accepted among scientists that the universe had a beginning in the distant past.  Also it is a widely accepted point of logic that anything that begins to exist must have a cause.   Therefore, the argument from contingency draws from these two principles that the universe exists because God exists and decided to create it. Read more

Stirling, Students and Stunning Scenery! 10 January 2020

I was impressed with the way that the students, as well as having heaps of laughs, games, sport, music, a bonfire, and a ceilidh were really engaged with the Bible teaching, small groups studies and prayer times too Read more

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

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Solas and ‘The Filling Station’ 18 October 2019

Andy Bannister talks about Solas’ burgeoning partnership with The Filling Station network, who they are, what they do and two great events in Lossiemouth and Buchan. 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

Refuel 2019 11 September 2019

A wonderful week of fellowship. encouragement, and teaching. 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