Covenant Blessings, Baptism and 1 Kings – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

Last Sunday we had the joy of baptising Peter and Charis Anderson – Songs: Mighty to Save; Christ is Mine Forevermore; Ps 109:1-5 and 14-17; We praise God for his Covenant; O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go. (I made a mistake with the selection of the psalm – we left it on a rather grime note and should have sung the next verse!  … Continue reading Covenant Blessings, Baptism and 1 Kings – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

Confessions of a Free Church Minister

For technical reasons we are not able to do the Quantum podcast this week – so instead I thought I would share this article that I wrote in 2005 – 13 years later it is fascinating to see that it has largely not dated – I think I would stand by everything in it – perhaps even more passionately today.  (its fascinating seeing some of … Continue reading Confessions of a Free Church Minister

A Psalm for 9/11

Following on from yesterdays post about the significance of the psalms, it seems to me that where they really come into their own is the way they allow us to express our emotions both personal and corporate – especially in times of crisis.   Today is 9/11…what psalms would speak to that situation? How about Psalm 9:9-11? Those who know your name trust in you, for … Continue reading A Psalm for 9/11

Ecclesiastes 3:9-11- There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity

Loving doing Ecclesiastes for Christian Today –  it always amazes me how beautifully and directly relevant it is to today’s culture.  My favourite Gospel book!  Here is the latest one on ch.3:9-11.  I had orginally entitled this ‘The Burden of Eternity and Beauty’ but I prefer their retitling! Ecclesiastes 3: There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity As we head towards Christmas … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 3:9-11- There’s a reason why we’re born with a sense of eternity

Mairi’s (and Conor’s) Wedding in Paradise (otherwise known as Harris)

We had a special time last weekend at Mairi and Conor’s wedding. Words like joy, beauty, fellowship, love, kindness and hospitality only express part of what it was like – so I thought I would share with you some pre, during and post photos…. Over the Sea From Skye Skye is stunning but at this time of year it is too overcrowded with tourists so … Continue reading Mairi’s (and Conor’s) Wedding in Paradise (otherwise known as Harris)

The Tate, the Establishment and the Free Church

The Tate (British, Modern, Liverpool and St Ives) is at the very heart of the British arts establishment. The Tate British is a fantastic place to visit and has many interesting and stimulating exhibitions. Last night I was there to represent the Free Church at the opening of a new exhibition entitled “Painting with Light – Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern … Continue reading The Tate, the Establishment and the Free Church

Dundee v Ross County- the Chairman, the Chaplains and the Crack

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed football.  I was becoming fed up with the commercialism, the poor standards, the greed, the corruption and the expense of going to games.   I used to be chaplain at Dundee FC and therefore got if for free – I had an access all areas pass which allowed me to go everywhere from the changing rooms to the board … Continue reading Dundee v Ross County- the Chairman, the Chaplains and the Crack

Happiness is….a bike ride from Dundee to St Andrews.

We have had a beautiful week here in Dundee and so on Friday I decided to cycle to St Andrews.  Along with a flask of coffee, Annie Dillard’s ‘Pilgrim at Tinker Creek’ and my bible it made for a beautiful journey to visit our minister in St Andrews, Paul Clarke.  It reminded me of McCheyne’s visits out to see Andrew Bonar in Perthshire, when he rode … Continue reading Happiness is….a bike ride from Dundee to St Andrews.