Rob Slane dwells in the Country Formerly Known as Great Britain, now known as The Quagmire. He is married to the very best wife imaginable and so far they have been entrusted with the upbringing of 6 little Slanes. These little ones are decidedly free-range creatures, having been spared the meat processing plant known as state schooling and home-educated by people who love them.

Having been intensely hostile to Christianity until his late 20s, he finally gave up the pretence and admitted that it had been right and he had been wrong all along. Since then that initial realisation has been confirmed over and over again as it has become clear what a nasty, nihilistic, intolerant quagmire secularism has led us all into. So he picked up five smooth stones and set about playing his own small part in defying the secularist Goliaths in their bleak, hopeless and cheerless landscape.

Thus is he the author of The God Reality: A Critique of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, and A Christian & an Unbeliever Discuss: Life, The Universe & Everything. Thus does he write monthly worldview articles for the American health sharing company, Samaritan Ministries, and is also a regular contributor to The Conservative Woman and the Canadian magazine, Reformed Perspective. So a bit eclectic, you might say. Oh, and he also blogs on a site called TheBlogMire. But you knew that anyway.

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  1. Dear Sir,

    I run a blog on “Intelligence Matters”.

    Would you allow me to re-post your article “The Skripal Case: 20 New Questions That Journalists Might Like to Start Asking”? I like it very much!

    I have previously posted several pieces on this subject. (For instance: Russia Embassy in London — Questions to the UK Concerning the Salisbury Poisoning )

    Warmest Regards,

    Dr Ludwig De Braeckeleer — Intel Today

    1. Dear Dr. De Braeckeleer,

      Thank you. Yes, do please feel free to post these questions on your blog. I have now posted a total of 70 questions, only a handful of which have had some sort of answer (most of which have been quite unsatisfactory). Please do feel free to post these as well, if they are of interest:

      Best wishes,


  2. Hi Rob

    Speaking of Russia, one of the strongest points in my view regarding Vladimir Putin is that under him, 2,000 churches have been built per year from the year 2000 or thereabouts. Therefore, to date, he has created the conditions for over 34,000 churches to be built in Russia. He is overseeing the resurrection of Orthodox Christianity within what was once a very Christian nation, so much so that I believe he is a truly worthy leader who is bringing his people back to their roots. And the election results prove that point.

    Recently I read an article by the private secretary to the Archbishop of Canterbury who lead a delegation of C of E officials including his private secretary to Russia. If you can you should try to get a copy of it as it gives a very hopeful indication of the broadening of relations between the religious of Russia and the UK, unlike sadly, those between the politicians of both nations

    1. Thanks Robin.

      Yes, there definitely has been a resurgence in Orthodox Christianity since the fall of communism. I have no idea how deep it is, but it’s definitely welcome.

      The sad thing is that very few Christians in the West are remotely aware of this. When Western Christians talk about the work God is doing in various places around the world, China, Africa and South America are invariably mentioned, but almost never Russia. I get the distinct impression that it is forever assiciated in the minds of many with communism, and the thought that it might be undergoing a revival is almost unthinkable.

      Yes, I do remember reading some stuff on Justin Welby’s meeting with Patriarch Kirill. I remember hoping that perhaps Kirill – who I regard as a great thinker and a strong leader – would be able to teach the evangelifish, Welby, a thing or two.

      Best wishes,


  3. Thank you. If you have a chance you might look at this article “On the Subject of God” which discusses Prof Dawkins.

    According to the daily London Independent of the most recent April 16, the preceding evening’s participants in an Edinburgh (Scotland) international science festival had heard an Oxford University professor of biology describe belief in God as a disorder of the brain analogous explicitly to a transmittable “computer virus.” Oxford’s Richard Dawkins’ address had included the formulation: “These are arbitrary, hereditary beliefs which people are told at a critical age, passed on from your parents rather like a virus.” He had added: “that ‘evolutionary theory’ has removed any scientific basis for arguing the existence of God, and said that people who believe in a God who is responsible for the order and beauty of the universe are ‘stupid.’ ”1

    Report of Dawkins’ address was relayed to the present writer by Charles B. Stevens of 21st Century Science quarterly. Stevens suggested, that several persons, whom he listed at that time, co-sponsor the submission of a rebuttal of Dawkins to the Independent, to consist essentially of a 1960’s ontological proof of the existence of God authored by Princeton University’s late Professor Kurt Gödel.2

    At first glance, that suggested rebuttal was particularly relevant, since the choice of formulation reported by the Independent might imply to a knowledgeable reader that Dawkins had intended to single out Gödel’s 1961 ontological proof for attack. ….

  4. This is really amazing.

    I read your post on the Skripal case a few days ago, and linked to it on my own blog, on an article I wrote on the subject. I’ve just read your 30 questions post, and shared it on my Facebook page. And then I thought I would find out a little more about you, and was astonished and delighted to find that you are a Christian (as am I.) I then looked a little further, and discovered that you are connected with Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, where Malcolm Watts is pastor. Many, many years ago, I was on the committee of the Scottish Reformed Conference, and we had Malcolm Watts as a speaker at the conference!

    1. Dear John,

      You are right, this is really amazing. The amazing thing is that I have just gone onto your blog, which I hadn’t previously come across, and found that you write about, and hold reasonably similar views to me on a number of geopolitical issues, and yet you are also a Christian. In my experience, most of the Christians I know readily go along with the US/NATO is good, Russia is Mordor line very readily, and I tend to find myself in a very small minority. Not that the numerical thing bothers me too much – I like to think of myself as a dissident 😊. But it does bother me a little bit that many Christians aren’t more suspicious of their own state when it comes to foreign affairs, given that its track record of late on internal affairs has been shameful.

      I would be very interested to hear how you came to these views.

      With regard to the Emmanuel connection, my wife and I were members for about 10 years, but sadly we (and our six children) left the church around four years ago, along with a number of others. Since then, I helped to set up another church in the city – Christ Church Salisbury – where I am an elder. Thankfully, we remain on good terms with people from Emmanuel.

      As I say, I’ve just read a couple of articles on your blog and enjoyed them very much. There was just one issue that I would like to challenge though – if I may – in your latest piece “Boris Johnson on Russia & NATO: Dishonesty and Delusion,” although I agreed with the rest of the piece wholeheartedly. It was this:

      “Let’s start with Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Technically speaking, Johnson is quite right. It was contrary to international law.”

      Actually, I don’t believe it was, for a number of reasons. The weakest of my reasons for saying so, is purely a technicality. This is that when Nikita Kruschev decided one night to “gift” Crimea to the Soviet Socialist Republic of Ukraine in 1954, he did so illegally. The decision was made by him and him and him alone, and was never ratified by the Soviet Politburo, which it should have been to make it strictly legal.

      As I say, that’s the weakest argument. The second is better. The Kiev Government that was in power when the Russian Federation accepted Crimea into its territory, was unconstitutional. According to article 108 of the Ukrainian constitution, there were four different ways in which the President could cease to hold office: resignation; inability to exercise presidential authority for health reasons; removal from office by the procedure of impeachment; his/her death.

      As I’m sure you’re aware, Viktor Yanukovych fled Kiev on 22nd February 2014, after being given an ultimatum by the “armed opposition” in Maidan Square, who rejected the deal he had struck with three opposition leaders, which was guaranteed by Germany, France, and Poland (who subsequently forgot the deal they had guaranteed). He did not resign, he did not die, he was not incapable of holding office. And so they only way that he could be removed from office was by impeachment. But it is a curious fact that when the Verkhovna Rada attempted to impeach him, they only secured 328 votes – 10 short of the three-fourths majority they needed to constitutionally remove him.

      In other words, Ukraine had an illegitimate government, and so I would argue that the Crimean Parliament, faced with an illegal government in Kiev (and one which posed an obvious threat) had every right to call a referendum on independence. If a Government arose in Westminster as a result of a coup, and which was therefore illegitimate, I would argue that Scotland and Wales (and Wessex 😊) would have every right, both legally and morally, to secede (especially if that new Government was an ultra-English one, which posed a threat to the Scots and Welsh).

      But the third argument (which I believe to be the strongest) is this. The International Court of Justice Advisory Opinion on Kosovo’s Declaration of Independence said the following:
      “The adoption of the declaration of independence of the 17 February 2008 did not violate general international law because international law contains no “prohibition on declarations of independence.”

      Most countries accepted this judgement, and although some argue that it doesn’t set a precedent, I cannot see how it doesn’t. The comment it makes is not specifically about the Kosovo case, but rather on whether international law contains a prohibition on “declarations of independence”. Its decision was that it doesn’t, and this was agreed upon by all those countries that then claimed the secession of Crimea was illegal, even though in the case of Crimea the argument was far stronger, in that a referendum had taken place, where in the case of Kosovo, no such vote had ever been held.

      Anyway, that’s enough from me on that subject. As I say, I’d be really interested in hearing how you came by these “dissident” views.

      Every blessing,


      1. Interesting. You make a very good case for Russia’s annexation of Crimea not being illegal. I’ll be mulling that over.

        How did I come to dissident views? Partly because I guess I am a natural dissident, I guess – or at least became one in my teenage years.

        A lot of it comes from my background. Most of my school days were spent in the Middle East, where my Dad was a missionary from 1966 to 1975, and the fact that I have always been interested in politics. My political views would probably have been considered fairly middle of the road in my teens and 20s, but in the 1990s I became increasingly unimpressed by the political options available in the UK, and in general elections, I tended to cast blank ballot papers.

        The 1990s also saw me taking an interest in Middle East Reformed Fellowship (MERF), led by Victor Atallah. I met him at meetings and conferences occasionally. In 2003, we had a holiday in Cyprus, which happened to coincide with the Iraq war. We arrived in Cyprus 6 days after the invasion, and headed home the day Baghdad fell. On Sundays, we went services held at the MERF HQ, and also dropped in to chat to Victor on at least one other occasion. He was not shy about telling us what he thought of the war.

        For myself, I was pretty open minded at the time – which was a little unusual, since I had strongly supported the Falklands War, the First Gulf War, and western intervention in the former Yugoslavia. Over the coming months, I became pretty sure that this war was a mistake. And as I read the MERF prayer letters over the months and years that followed, it was clear that the thriving gospel work in Iraq that MERF was supporting had been pretty well wrecked by the war and its aftermath.

        Come the war in Syria, MERF gave pretty good coverage of what the war meant for the Christian communities in Syria, and it was clear that what MERF was saying was very different from what the American and British governments were saying – and was also telling a different story from what the American and British Press were giving us. What the Barnabas Fund were saying was the same as what MERF was saying – and it was openly critical of the UK mainstream media.)

        In the meantime, in 2007, I was taking an interest in the upcoming presidential race in the USA, and discovered that one of the candidates was a very unusual specimen – a republican who was strongly anti-abortion, but also a staunch opponent of the Iraq War – and, it turned out, pretty well all other wars. And that got me thinking – and eventually led me to listening to and reading a lot of voices that most people never come across – including some excellent resources that you link to, such as Consortium News and The American Conservative – and the Ron Paul Institute, of course.

        That’s basically it, in a nutshell. And as you can see, a lot of it comes of growing up in the Middle East.

        1. Thanks for sharing that John. Very interesting. And as I say, good to find another Christian who can see through much of the Western propaganda narrative and is prepared to challenge on these issues.

          I’m sure we’ll be in communication again.

          In Christ,


  5. I’ve been reading your articles with regard to the Salisbury ‘nerve attack’ with much interest and I am with you the whole way on this. The fact that you come from Salisbury is even more interesting. Have you the opportunity to go to the local hospital just to see if the Skripals are actually residing in a ward. There has been no bulletin recently and the same applies to Nick Bailey. Could they be somewhere else (eg) dead, another hospital, living elsewhere.

    By the way, you are still alive despite this deadly nerve agent appearing in Salisbury, but there has apparently been no cases of nerve agent poisoning at the hospital according to Times letter.

    For what it is worth, I think an election will soon be called. May is in trouble with the Unionists regarding EU border, so she has to increase her popularity. Good news coming out now such as NHS pay, Transition deal with EU, and getting tough with Russians. Rebel labour MPS playing along just to embarrass and potentially remove Corbyn. The Salisbury investigation will arrive at some results in summer when election hysteria is over.

    1. Thanks very much John. Yes, little did I know when I moved to this quiet and beautiful city that I was in fact moving to a hub of international espionage 😉

      I haven’t had the opportunity to go to the hospital, but I would imagine that it is all cordoned off with lots of menacing looking fellahs about with guns to stop prying eyes.

      One question I should have added is what on earth are people allegedly poisoned with military grade nerve agent doing at Salisbury District Hospital? It is a small (by NHS standards) hospital, and I very much doubt it has a specialist chemical weapons treatment wing. Porton Downs does, and it’s only 8 miles away. I would have thought people with military grade nerve agent poisoning would have been transferred there. But no. Salisbury District Hospital it is!!!

      Agreed about Theresa May. I think she will fall over this issue. If she has used it to bolster her image, I think it will come back to bite her at some point.

      Best wishes,


  6. Please I red your article about education with the statement :

    “As everyone knows, whilst Britain has a world class education system that is the envy of every nation, Russia is a poor country where nothing works and everyone is force-fed a constant diet of Kremlin propaganda.
    Given that this is the case, we simply refuse to believe that it is possible for Russian children to have better reading results than British children, and it is obvious to us that the explanation for these results must be a more sinister one.”

    Can you give me please, the source of this statement? As you know, in journalism they say “One source is no source. ” 🙂
    Thanks in advance
    Luc Devincke

  7. Rob,

    Thank you for your insightful comments about worldview. We have been reading your articles in Samaritan ministries for some time.

    My wife and I help friends with a bible study for teenagers, and one young man, who is only 14 years old and becoming a friend, asked me a question I couldn’t answer….”What is the point of sex?”

    I was dumbfounded, and grasping for straws when I gave him a spiritual answer about intimacy in marriage and love. But as I pondered it, the HS gave me the real answer, and science confirmed it….it’s about reproducing life!!!

    Why hadn’t this simple question hit me before? It is the answer to all the perversions we face in life right now…abortion, LGBTQRST, pornography, birth control, sex ed…even more subtle agreements believers make with the world, like vasectomy’s.

    God’s design is perfect, and he loves life. The enemy hates life, and all these aberrations sap the strength of new life in our world.

    Have you ever written anything that speaks to that young man’s question?

    1. Hi Matthew,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      It’s an interesting question, and one of those ones that sounds so simple that it has the power to throw us. We know about it, and we do it, and so we think we have it covered, but actually it turns out to be far more profound than we imagined.

      Before I give what would be my answer to that question, I just want to throw another equally simple answer out there, and you’ll see the reason for it in a moment. That question is “Why do we need to eat”? The immediate answers you will get from most people will be along the lines of the following: “Without it we’d die”; “We need to nutrition to stay alive” etc.

      Now, although there’s truth in these things, they don’t actually answer the fundamental question, and the reason for that is that they don’t refer back to our Creator. If we are evolved beings without a creator, then yes the sum and substance of why we need to eat is simply survival. But if we add a creator into the equation, we start to open up a whole load of other avenues.

      Couldn’t God have created us so that we didn’t need to eat? Presumably he could have, but he chose not to. In which case, although we do need food in order to stay alive, that is not the reason that we have to eat.

      Furthermore, we don’t just have food to eat, we have wonderfully tasty food to eat and amazing taste buds with which to enjoy it. If the ultimate reason that we need to eat were because the Creator had designed us this way in order to survive, then the question would still remain as to why he gave us a desire for tasty food, and he gave us the means to get it and enjoy it.

      In other words, the real reason that we need to eat has nothing whatsoever to do with needing food to survive. That is a secondary issue, and the primary reason is to enjoy God, fellowship with one another, and give us the ability to be fruitful in our labours (and to enjoy them when we are at rest: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil” Ecclesiastes 2:24).

      So when we eat that amazing steak, we are to enjoy God by thanking him for it. When we have that gorgeous pineapple Tarte Tatin, it is meant to bring us closer to God by helping us to understand just how kind and gracious he is.

      It is also meant to have a horizontal effect, which is that we are meant to share food with one another. We are not to look at food as though it were a fuelling station, but as a time to come together as a family, or as friends, or as a church, and to enjoy each other’s company. It is no great secret that the main place that human bonding, love and friendship takes place is at the meal table.

      And it is meant to have the effect of making us fruitful in our endeavours.

      The same principles can be applied to the question the young man asked: What is the point of sex? Although I would agree with you in part that it is about reproducing life, I would say that this is only part of the answer. In the animal kingdom, that is the sum and substance of it, and there is no sense that it has any other purpose.

      However, with humans, I don’t think that the answer that it is about reproducing life covers it all. One of the problems with this answer is that – and I do mean this reverently – if this were the primary purpose of it, then it would actually be pretty ineffective. Even in couples that don’t use birth control, and who let God give them as many children as he wishes, the ratio of children to number of sexual encounters is tiny. Which means, I think that it must have another meaning beyond this, although it does of course very much include this.

      Actually, I think it is very similar to the answer to the food question. God could have designed us with an urge to have sexual intercourse only when it would lead to conception. He could also have designed the act to give no pleasure whatsoever, but to be a purely practical thing.

      However, what he actually designed was:

      a) Something that is pleasurable
      b) Something that most people desire to do far more than would be strictly necessary for the procreation of children and
      c) Something that occasionally leads to the conception of a child

      Put all this together and essentially you have a similar answer that I gave for the food question.
      The purpose of sex is to bring us closer to God, in that we can thank him for giving us such a wonderful and pleasurable gift. It is to bring us closer to our spouse, in what is by far and away the most intimate act on planet earth. And it is to make us fruitful, in that through it God sometimes gifts us children.

      If I had to sum all that up, I’d say that the purpose of sex (as with food) is this: thankfulness, fellowship and fruitfulness.

      I hope that makes some kind of sense.



  8. Rob,

    I’ve enjoyed reading several previous articles you’ve written for Samaritan. Rod Lange at Samaritan Ministries gave me your site to contact you. This regards your comment in the May issue of their newsletter. You declared Timothy McVeigh had “…no links to any extremist group.” Here are some links to his links to extremist groups:

    Lies & More Lies
    Elohim Terror
    Elohim & McVeigh
    Murrah Cover Up

    If for any reason you can’t open these links, let me know, and I’ll see if there’s another way to get them to you. You could email me, if these don’t work, and I’ll send them back to you that way, and I’m sure then you’ll be able to open the links then. Once you have the evidence, then I hope you will correct your statement. You cannot believe the corporate media or the government when it comes to false flag events.

    1. Thanks for this George. I definitely hope to have a look at these when I get a few moments spare. The links didn’t come through, but I should be able to Google them and find them.

      I’m grateful to you for sending them through.

      Best wishes,


  9. Dear Rob, I am a SMI member and I would like to talk to you about your most recent article in SMI on fake news and subjectivism. Please e-mail me. I come to you as a Brother in Christ and as a reader who respects your words, but also as someone who disagrees with you. I assume you can access the e-mail that I enter below this form. Us liberals, always making assumptions 😉

  10. Rob
    Please email me and let’s talk about starting your weekly podcast and radio show. Happy to help if I can. We can put you on our station first.
    Ps. enjoyed your thoughts in Samaritan’s Nov. newsletter. Very good. How about you writing an article on hetero-phobia as a valid syllogism??

    1. Thanks so much John. I’m finding your Social Chaos document helpful in preparation for a group study I’m holding this week. I’ll check out the others too.

      Best wishes,


      1. Hi again Rob,

        A friendly and informative site; are you in need of occasional article writers? I don’t often write Christian articles because of where I’m located. If possible, I’d like to write a short article based around Christianity (proving a belief), that might interest your readers who have never lived in societies that abandon Christ, based on personal experience. You can contact me by email if you think readers might be interested.
        John V

  11. Hello Rob, I am edified and inspired reading your thoughts in the SMI newsletter. In the latest issue you wrote on Recovering Truth, Part 2. In point #5, you say “avoid shrill reaction, but speak the truth in love”. This reminds me of an excellent book, newly revised, written by the Catholic (and Englishman) Austin Ivereigh,
    Although addressing many specifically Catholic issues, the book is a good guideline for Christians of any denomination defending the sanctity of marriage and the dignity of the human person.
    Thanks for your good work, A. OReilly

    1. Hi Angelique,

      Thank you so much for you comment. I am so glad that you find these pieces helpful. Thanks so much for the book link. I hadn’t heard of that before, but I will definitely check it out.

      Blessings to you,


      1. Rob you talk about rebuilding community in churches, good luck with that. After becoming a Christian, and giving up the communities our family was a part of, and trying for years to be allowed into the “Christian Community” we all walked away. Oh we tried a couple of times but I can tell you for a fact there is no community in churches here in America. Its like the people have compartmentalized their ‘church” life from all other aspects of living and the only time that part is active. I wish there was a way to interact with on a more personal level.

        1. Hi Bruce,

          I’m very sorry to hear that. But it does rather confirm my suspicions. I think a lot of this is connected with — as you say — compartmentalizing church (or spiritual) life from the rest of life. I am a firm believer in the Lordship of Christ over all of life — every square inch as Abraham Kuyper put it. But unfortunately the spiritual/secular divide is very apparent in the way most Christians think. The effects are devastating.

          Would love to interact with you more on this on a more personal level. My email address is if you want to get in touch.



  12. So glad I was exposed to your musings by SMN. I truly look forward to perusing your blog. Our oldest daughter avoided the worst of the “meat processing plant” when she approached us (her parents) to home school her way through high school (U.S.). Reason? She said she realized she had “gaps” in her education. Not being professional educators, we had some apprehension – concerns that rapidly diminished when we accepted this as OUR responsibility (as parents) and found a wealth of great materials to draw upon. Yes, it was a challenge getting up to speed, but well worth the effort. Upon completion, she earned scholarships that covered all of her college tuition, where she double-majored in Art and English. She has been teaching private art lessons for a number of years now and is writing the final chapters of an art history book written completely from a Christian worldview. (Yes, complete with timelines that show the overlap with Biblical history, even making use of Ussher’s chronology) She hopes to make it available (at the lowest possible cost, with home schooling families in mind) by the start of the next school year. (Sept. here in the U.S.) I mention this as an encouragement to any who question the value of home education. In our experience (albeit limited), free-range home school education is superior to formal, institutional education in every respect. (Particularly for the parents, who come to see just how much they have forgotten!)

    1. Hi Mark,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’d be interested to find out more about your daughter’s art history book when it’s available. Perhaps you could drop me another comment then.

      Blessings to you and your family,


  13. I write news reports for about a dozen news sites, but cannot refer to nor link to your articles because they’re undated.

    1. Eric,

      Not sure what you mean. I just checked my articles and as far as I can see they are dated. Am I missing something?


      1. I also do NOT see dates on articles.

        Perhaps your blogging software automatically shows you a date along with “Edit” and such. In other words, perhaps YOU are seeing dates that the public does not see.

      2. UPDATE

        To be specific, your individual articles are not dated.
        The links to them [on your home page] are dated. I can see how this might prevent someone like Eric from linking directly to any particular article. I am not a journalist, but it would also benefit me to have dates clearly posted in articles.

  14. Dear Rob,

    I just wanted to take the time to personally thank you for stepping out in faith. All of your articles I have read so far in the SMI newsletters are refreshing and spot on. We don’t often hear the “real” truth in churches or Christian circles like you present it. My husband and I often wonder what, if anything, they are reading (referring to the Bible). We are “new” believers (less than 5 years), and like you, were very hostile to God and Jesus our whole lives. We are both published biologists, so you can imagine what our worldview was before we accepted Christ. And I have to admit, in the beginning I thought both worldviews could be compatible. Well, right away we were confronted with the creation vs. evolution debate (the church we attended at the time was about half and half – 1/3 believe in 6 day creation, 1/3 believe in evolution, 1/3 don’t know what they believe – did I get my math wrong :), and we prayed and prayed for God to show us the truth. And by golly, He did, and continues to do so. We have been so excited about what He has been revealing to us, we decided to start our own tour company here on Maui called Hawaiian Creation Adventures. It has been two years in the making, but we finally decided a week ago to buy a van. We go in on Monday to sign papers!

    If you and your family ever find yourselves in Maui, we would love to have you stay in our vacation rental (Meadow Cottage at the Haiku Cannery Inn – and of course have you come on our tour! (

    Thank you again for your encouraging articles.

    1. Dear Aly,

      Thanks so much for your kind words. It is really encouraging to hear that you have embraced 6-day creation — especially as I guess this would have caused you to face ridicule in the academic circles you were in. Praise God.

      Very glad to hear about your tour company and I hope it goes well for you.

      Every blessing,


  15. Hello,

    I just wanted to thank you for writing the article about faux hurt in May’s Samaritan Ministries newsletter.

    I cannot tell you how encouraging it is to me. I have noticed that trend for years now, and wondered if I am losing my mind. Even among my Christian peers, emotions, experiential “truth”, etc. are paramount to Biblical truth, to their detriment, yet speaking the truth in love is shunned. I first noticed in my own life that I was doing so, but years ago the Holy Spirit exposed my sinful thinking, and has shown me how reading, submitting to God’s word and obeying it has brought only joy, peace, etc. and not any downsides whatsoever. Satan has lied to Christians, and they are believing his lies.

    It was timely, honest and needed.

    Thanks and God bless you


  16. Dear Rob,
    great to have found you in the depths of the internet! When I was revising the German translation of “The God Reality” last year, I tried without success to find your traces to discuss some details. Now I got the link through a (negative!) comment about that same German book! Do you know that it exists at all? Would you like to get a copy? It’s a nice book, I assure you 🙂 , and the recent negative comment is not worth considering!
    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    (If you search for your name on our website, you can see the book.)

    1. Dear Annemarie,

      Thank you so much for your comment. I was actually taken aback a bit, as I had no idea that there was a German translation of my book. Thank you for drawing this to my attention. Were there still some details you wished to discuss?

      No problem about the negative comment. My German does not extend beyond about ten words so I wouldn’t know what was being said anyway 😉

      Best wishes,

      Rob Slane

  17. On your articles about why young people are leaving the church.
    Our reasons are thus.
    1. The true Gospel being eclipsed by a man centered version so close to the real thing that it appears the Elect have fallen for it.
    2. This has resulted in an entertainment centered ” how it makes me feel” gospel and worship.
    3. Those of us who reject this “new” gospel are rejected and shunned, resulting in a loss of fellowship and community.
    Our family left the organized church over 20 years ago and we are to the point where we don’t even visit church any more. Simply because there is no church any more.
    People ask “are your children saved ?” To which I answer “I don’t know, what does that mean” . The answers are disenhearting to say the least.

  18. Hello Mr. Slane,

    Greetings in Jesus’ Name! Our family read your article, “Why are they leaving?” published in the Samaritan Ministries Newsletter. You did a wonderful job and we are looking forward to the continuation next month.

    Deuteronomy 6:6&7
    And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
    And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

    In Christ,
    the stephen phillips family

  19. I love your article “The Marriage Dance” which I read in our Samaritan Ministries Newsletter. May I republish it in a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) newsletter that I compose every month? It will only go out to 40 moms, it’s not a national publication. Thank you so much! Blessings, Becky

    1. Becky,

      Thanks so much for your comment. I’m glad you liked the piece and yes of course you may republish it in your newsletter. If you could just make sure you put at the bottom where it first appeared, that would be great.

      Every blessing to you,


  20. Just read the article “Not another rant against flopsy bunny christianity”. Must admit it put a big smile on my face, and almost made me jump and dance with happiness. My kids thought be thoroughly weird :o) But my husband and I have been feeling very convicted about family integrated worship for quite a time, but not finding anybody around the UK agreeing with our view. We took our daughter out of Sunday school over 3 years ago, as we felt it wasn’t right, but not really having a biblical argument. My husband then did a extensive study on the subject and presented it to our church, but nothing came out of it. Almost as if they will just pretend it didn’t happen..
    Anyway – I just got excited that somebody in England actually believes this! I have looked high and low for a church where children are an integrated part, but I cannot find any. Most state something like: We love children and welcome them. we then send them out halfway through the service… The ones we find that doesn’t have Sunday school, we phone and ask them why. They quickly tell us that it is only because no children attend the church, but if we were to bring ours, they would gladly set up one… Wrong answer!
    So at the moment we attend a church where nobody home schools and all the children leave church before the sermon.. We don’t like it! So my question to you is, do you know of any churches in the Hampshire area? Sorry for going on and on :o)
    From a homeschooling mum of 3 wonderful blessings

    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for the comments. I will reply to you personally on the email address you have given.



  21. I just “stumbled” across your blog today and I have read every article. Love it! I have already added your blog to Feedly and will look forward to your future posts. Many blessings wished to you from across the pond!

  22. I read your article about Idolizing Democracy. I’d like to send you a pdf file about democracies in the world. Do you have an email address I can use?

  23. Hi,
    Just read your article on singing the psalms, and want to do this, but don’t know how. Are there any “hymn” type books out there that have psalm songs? or CDs? Where can I find some? We’re not musical, so we need help in following this nice advice! Thanks.

  24. I enjoy reading the posts on American Vision. I really liked your recent post “Indoctrinated into what?” So I thought I might like reading more of your “rants.” I have read most of what you have written on your blog. Good stuff! Well said! I hope you rant, rave, explode, run amok, and thunder more and more as the days go by. The world needs to hear this kind of information.

  25. I stumbled across your story on “Marriage is Great”. I thought is was great BTW, and I shared it to my FB. I do have a question though after reading your blog. Last yr, when we went to Disney, which also happened to be during the Olympics, we met several English ppl who had escaped their home country because of the crowds during that time. The train/bus rides at night provided quite a bit of time for discussions and we met some wonderful ppl. However, several discussions involved homeschooling/politics/healthcare and I was told that in England, it is against the law to homeschool unless there is some unfortunate reason like a troubled child or a medical problem preventing them from attending school. I see you home school yours. So, I was wondering about that. Is there something these people dont know about (because several expressed a desire to do so, but were afraid because of the law). Not that I can do anything about it. I am just curious. Thx much!

    1. Gretchen,

      Thanks for your comments. I was amused by the idea that some English people left England to escape the crowds, and ended up going to … Disney. Did they not realise that Disneyland might not be the most uncrowded place on the planet?

      Anyway, as to your question about home education, I am happy to tell you that the people you met were quite wrong in their undertsanding. Home education is 100% legal over here. The 1944 Education Act (Section 36) stated that parents are responsible for the education of their children, “either by regular attendance at school or otherwise”. Subsequent Education Acts have retained this “or otherwise” clause.

      There is no requirement to inform the authorities that you are home educating, although some people do choose to do this. Those whose children begin at school and are subsequently withdrawn will get occasional visits from the local authorities, but for those of us who never enrolled our children in the system in the first place, we are left alone.

      The previous government introduced a bill which would have highly regulated home education in the UK. But I’m pleased to say that the opposition to the bill, combined with the fact that they simply ran out of time to get it into law before the election, meant that it failed. And as that party lost the election that year, the whole attack on home education in the UK has been dropped, for the moment anyway.


  26. Oh dear. The chickens. I don’t know if I wanted to know that their wanderful names are published in the Internet. Well, we love the author anyway.

    Good luck with your blog, we will be your regular readers.
    Love from Poland!

      1. Hey Sara,

        Thanks for your comments. Don’t warry aboout the spilling. No neeed to say sarry. We don’t wirry two much if you spill words like “wonderful” wrong.


      2. I thought “wanderful” was a wonderful pun. He said the chickens were decidedly free-range creatures, didn’t he?

        Found this blog for the first time, today, and I am hooked. We’re members of SMI as well

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