Today we celebrate 25 years in St Peters – I wrote the following article for the St Peters website It is a humbling and joyful thing to still be here after 25 years – in the joys and pains the Lord has preserved and blessed us. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and … More 25 Years at St Peters
This is the lead article in the October Record…. This month is the 500th anniversary of the event that is assumed to have been the beginning of the Protestant Reformation – Luther’s nailing of his 95 theses to the doors of the cathedral in Wittenberg. There will be a variety of reactions to this anniversary, … More Remembering the Reformation?
Last Sunday I was in Ninewells – missing being with my own congregation, but secure in the knowledge that they would be hearing the Word of God from in my view the best bible teacher in the English language. We love having Sinclair with us – not just because of his teaching gift but because … More The Visible Word and the Aaronic Blessing – Sinclair Ferguson
It seems as though whenever the few, brave sane Christians who put their head above the parapet and write into newspapers trying to make a biblical case on issues for the day and defend Christianity are wasting their time. Often the letters are published, but they are usually followed, if they are any good, within … More The Free Kirk Fights Back!
Last Sunday I preached on Romans 2:17-19 – Circumcision of the Heart . It was part of an infant dedication service for Timothy Harrison, son of Graham and Michelle and brother of Ben. Let me explain why we do this. We are a Presbyterian Church and we believe in covenant baptism which includes the infants of believers. … More Infant Dedication, Heart Circumcision and One of the Best three Sermons ever preached!
(the whole service is now on Youtube – VIDEO – Gordon Wilson’s Memorial Service) Yesterday was quite an extraordinary day for me and I think others….in so many ways. It’s not every day you get to preach the gospel in front of the First Minister, the former First Minister and the government ministers responsible for … More The Memorial Service of Gordon Wilson – A Witness to Different Truths
The following is a personal reflection on the loss of a friend, mentor and member of my congregation, St Peters Free Church. His memorial service will be in St Peters tomorrow (July the 5th) at 12 noon. The Political Leader Gordon Wilson was born in Glasgow on the 16th of April 1938 and died in … More Gordon Wilson – A Man of Integrity and Intelligence
The journalist John Macleod has just begun a major three part series in The Daily Mail on the current state of the Church in Scotland. Given that this is published in Scotland’s best selling Saturday newspaper it is good to see the question being given such prominence. Coming on top of a more local and narrow … More Losing Our Religion – The Daily Mail on the State of the Church in Scotland
My phone has hardly stopped ringing over the past couple of days, with journalists from different news organisations desperate for information and ‘an informed opinion’ about the recent tragic death of Iain D Campbell. It still disappoints me that in a world where people are being killed, this is considered so newsworthy that … More Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response
This article has just been published in the Australian Presbyterian. Out of the Ashes – The Fall and Rise of the Church in Scotland I suppose that for many Australian Presbyterians Scotland, or at least the Presbyterian Church in Scotland is considered to be the motherland! If that is true, then the cry that … More Out of the Ashes – The Fall and Rise of the Church in Scotland – Article in Australian Presbyterian