Mark Johnston
We belong to a generation that is obsessed with its perceived 'entitlements'. From human rights to civil rights, gay rights to children's rights, the list is seemingly endless as to the permutations of personal fiefdoms people want to protect by law...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
I came across one of those stories recently that are funny, but true. It was in a church on the island of Lewis in the Scottish Hebrides - probably the last place in the British Isles that still feels the lingering afterglow of a spiritual awakening that took place over half a century ago. Some who...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
What makes for sermons that are well delivered and readily received? In some ways it is easier to answer that in the negative. There are may examples of Reformed and evangelical preaching that look good on paper and are beyond reproach in content, but have little or no impact on those who listen...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
'Diversity' has become one of the buzzwords in evangelical Christianity in recent times. At one level, this is a good thing, but at another its trendy inclusion may come at an unwelcome price. Just as a perfectly good adjective like 'missional' became a cover for some less than...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The devil made the headlines in Britain earlier this month. On February 13th the General Synod of the Church of England genteelly voted him into retirement. In one sense it came as no surprise. The reference in its baptismal liturgy to fighting 'manfully against the world, the flesh and the...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
There has been a long-running debate in Christian circles generally and Reformed Christian circles in particular as to whether or not using images of Jesus in children's Bible story books, or for illustrations in children's talks, is a breach of the second commandment. It is a genuine...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
For some reason - possibly Superbowl Sunday - the past few weeks have seen a flurry of articles relating to the Sabbath being published online. As pastors across the US braced themselves for a major drop in attendance at their evening service [if they actually had one] it again raised the question...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The temptations of Christ are recorded in three out of the four Gospels, so clearly they are meant to highlight a significant component of Jesus' mission to save. But, despite their prominence in the Gospels, they have been subjected to a range of interpretations - some of which tend towards...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
The last of the four challenges I believe the church is facing in this century takes us to the very heart of what it means to be a Christian and what differentiates authentic Christianity from that which is mere imitation. Although the other three challenges mentioned in my previous posts may be...Continue reading.
Mark Johnston
Over a year has passed since my family and I were forced to leave the US and return to Britain under rather unusual circumstances. We had moved to America in 2010 in response to a call from Proclamation Presbyterian Church in Bryn Mawr, PA for me to become its next Senior Pastor. Given that we had...Continue reading.

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