Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

22nd September 2019 Brothers and Sisters, It’s been a hectic two weeks. A couple of weeks ago I wrote from Shetland, last week from Brisbane – and this week I am back home in Sydney – and yes it does feel like home. Ann Street Presbyterian This week has been an encouraging week. Sometimes they happen! There were even moments of joy! It started with … Continue reading Letter from Australia 8 – Lawyers, Politicians, the Resurrection,  the secret Garden and a Pair of Trousers

The Return of the Celebrity Pastor

This months column in Evangelicals now.  Mark Driscoll is back. For some that sentence speaks of a nightmare. For others it is something to be welcomed. Others will ask ‘Mark who?’ – thus demonstrating that celebrity pastors can have as short a fame lifespan as reality TV stars. I met Mark in 2008, in my first stint as editor of the Record. He was the … Continue reading The Return of the Celebrity Pastor

Shetland – Letter from Australia 6

9th September 2019 Brothers and Sisters, It seems strange writing a letter ‘from Australia’ when I am sitting in my room in the Alder Lodge Guest House in Lerwick (a guest house by the way that I would highly recommend!). There are not many places that are as far away from Sydney as Shetland. The contrasts are also great. Sydney is on the Western edge … Continue reading Shetland – Letter from Australia 6

A Question of Identity and a Psalm of Joy – Letter from Australia 4 –

Dear Brothers and Sisters, There is something unreal and annoying about social media.  It’s a bit like those holiday snaps which invariably present a picture of an idyllic time where everyone is enjoying themselves and the sun is always shining – the reality of the family quarrels, the rip off meals and the exhausting travel being left unspoken!    Instagram,  Facebook and to a lesser … Continue reading A Question of Identity and a Psalm of Joy – Letter from Australia 4 –

Persuasive Preaching

One of the key factors for growth and outreach in the church is what we call Persuasive Preaching….Some people call this apologetic preaching but I don’t think that communicates what we are talking about.  I gave a talk at this at FOCL a while ago.  All of us who are preachers need to think about how we can preach ‘persuasively’…. Here is a short video … Continue reading Persuasive Preaching

The Final Sunday – Romans 16 and a Fond Farewell.

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.

Romans 14; Romans 15:1-13; Grace

Last Sunday we continued to look at Romans…Romans 14 in the morning (Communion) and Romans 15: 1-13 in the evening. Morning Service: Songs: Great is the Lord and Most Worthy of all Praise; Indescribable; Man of Sorrows (Hillsong); Ps 119:153-160; May the Mind of Christ my Saviour; Ps 24:7-10 Readings: Acts 25:13-27; Psalm 119:153-160 Sermon: Romans 14 – The weak and the strong Richard Baxter … Continue reading Romans 14; Romans 15:1-13; Grace

Romans 12:9-13 – Ten Rules for family Life; Romans 12:14-21; Overcoming Evil; Baptism of Evie; How He Loves

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

Romans 12:2 A Renewed Mind; Romans 12:3-8 – The Church’s Stategy; This is Amazing Grace

Morning Service from 28th April: Songs:  All Heaven Declares; O Praise the Name; Bright Light Shining/I Want to Walk with Jesus Christ; Ps 119:121-128; May the Mind of Christ my Saviour Readings: Acts 22:30-23:11; Psalm 119:121-128 Sermon: Romans 12:2 Transformed by the renewal of your mind Horatius Bonar “ Thy way not mine, O Lord, However dark it be! Lead me by thine own right … Continue reading Romans 12:2 A Renewed Mind; Romans 12:3-8 – The Church’s Stategy; This is Amazing Grace

Romans 12:1 – The Living Sacrifice; Luke 23 – The Resurrection Walk; Ps 130 (Getty); Baby in the Womb

Last Sunday was Easter and we had a good day!   I was delighted to be able to preach again after four weeks….we continued looking at Romans.  In the evening Sinclair looked at the resurrection walk. Morning: Songs: Come People of the Risen King; Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Jerusalem; Ps 16:7-11; See What a Morning Readings:  John 20:1-18; Psalm 16 Sermon: Romans 12:1 – The Living … Continue reading Romans 12:1 – The Living Sacrifice; Luke 23 – The Resurrection Walk; Ps 130 (Getty); Baby in the Womb