From 2005 I began writing articles published mainly in Australian Presbyterian and Online Opinion.

The topics selected and the timing of articles were largely determined by matters arising in the public domain during the course of my time spent as Convener of the Church and Nation Committee of the Presbyterian Church of Victoria. In other words new Government legislation whether at State or Federal level largely determined the agenda for the writing  of articles.

However certain topics arose as private interests. Articles on worship, climate change and old age creationism fall into this category.

I became interested in climate change because of the political impact that was occurring as a result of the work of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. I took a mildly sceptical position and for quite a period debated Byron Smith on his website: nothing-new-under-the-sun. My interest quickly turned to the issue of what measures are appropriate to combat climate change, if the problem is real.

Worship remains of abiding interest, partly because I would like to see a return in our churches to the liturgically rich practices of the post reformation church. I believe the fundamental purpose of worship exists in the vertical dimension of coming before God to pray, to read and hear the Word expounded, to sing the praises of God. At the heart of worship that honours God on our part lies repentance and the hearing and embracing of the Gospel (Mark 1:15).

I wrote an article against young earth creationism, arguing an old earth position mainly because of what I felt to be an implicit assumption amongst Presbyterian colleagues that the affirmation of a high view of Scripture including inerrancy demanded adoption of a young earth creationist position. Both historically and theologically I don’t believe this to be the case. I want to do more writing in this area, in particular returning to the understanding, with certain safeguards, that God has provided two books of revelation: Scripture and creation.

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