This is such a strange day – for the first time in 27 years I am not responsible for the conduct of public worship in St Peters. Of course I have been away from St Peters before on a Sunday – but this is different. Then I was returning – this time we have left. As someone said last week – ‘this is like a … Continue reading The Final Sunday – Romans 16 and a Fond Farewell.
Last Sunday morning we looked at Romans 15:14-33 “Gospel Ambition” and I had the privilege of baptising our grandchild, Lewis Robertson. From the universal word all, I conclude that he did not simply pray that God would be present with and favor the Romans in a general sense, but that he would rule and guide every one of them. But the word peace refers, I … Continue reading Romans 15 – Gospel Ambition; Proverbs 4 – Sinclair Ferguson; Psalm 126
For those who asked here are the plans for my last Sundays in St Peters and our last month in Scotland (DV for a wee while!)… Today (the 26th) – Preaching at both services on Romans 14 and 15. Communion in the morning. 2nd of June – Preaching in the morning on Romans 15 and baptising our grandson, Lewis Robertson. 9th of June – Farewell … Continue reading Joe Barnard, the Last Sundays and Decades in Dundee
In the early 1980’s I was studying history and politics at the University of Edinburgh. I had been attending Morningside Baptist Church, and indeed had been baptised there – but, through reading the Bible, I became what is called ‘Reformed’ – even though I did not know what that was! I became to look for a church that taught this biblical theology but also practised. … Continue reading The Free Church and the Poor
It’s a joy to be able to say that the book I spent three months writing when on sabbatical in Australia is being published this month. I am delighted with the design and the quality of the production – thanks to Al McInnes, Catherine Mackenzie and CFP. They have managed to produce a quality hardback book for a great price (£8.99). It’s an unusual book … Continue reading A.S.K
Last Sunday was a special day for the Robertson family – and I hope for St Peters. Our daughter Becky and husband Pete were over from Australia in Scotland with Isla and Evie – three years ago I baptised Isla – on Sunday I had the privilege of baptising Evie – Ten Biblical Reasons Why I Baptised My Granddaughter (and Children). In the sermon we continued … Continue reading Romans 12:9-13 – Ten Rules for family Life; Romans 12:14-21; Overcoming Evil; Baptism of Evie; How He Loves
This is an interview/article I recently did – where I was asked to name the verses I would take with me on a desert island: Desert Island Verses This has been an interesting exercise. In one sense impossible to do – in another very helpful. Its always good to reflect on Gods Word and how it has impacted on your life. Which verses would you … Continue reading Desert Island Verses
Baptism is a divisive subject amongst some Christians – which is a shame because it is a sacrament which is supposed to unite. There is one baptism into the body of Christ. I accept, understand and empathise with my Baptist brothers and sisters who by conviction think that only those who have come to a saving faith should be baptised (it’s not fair to call … Continue reading Ten Biblical Reasons Why I Baptised My Granddaughter (and Children).
I wrote this Easter article for Christian Today in memory of Suzette Leverette. I have been thinking a lot about death and resurrection and the hope we have as Christians. On Easter Monday after a great Sunday….it seems appropriate….you can read the original here.. The Question The middle-aged man was irate. “What are you doing at my door?” he yelled. I explained that I was doing … Continue reading The Death of Death
It’s Easter Saturday – so in place of the normal Saturday review, here is a personal reflection/confession- with apologies to St Augustine. (The block quotes are from his Confessions) I Confess O Lord God, I confess to you because I know that all sin is ultimately against you. I confess to you my sins against my fellow human beings. They are made in your image; … Continue reading I Confess….