Romans 7 – Sin and Law; Running with the Horses; Chrysostom, Psalm 62

“Every day therefore he was in anxious thought at one moment for Corinthians, at another for Macedonians; how Philippians, how Cappadocians, how Galatians, how Athenians, how they who inhabited Pontus, how all together were.  But all the same having had the whole world put into his hands, he continually cared not for entire nations only, but also for each single man”  “For do not tell … Continue reading Romans 7 – Sin and Law; Running with the Horses; Chrysostom, Psalm 62

President Trump’s Welcome to Scotland

Dear President Trump, I’m writing to welcome you to Scotland.  I realise that you are engaged in important work with NATO in Brussels, but you are going to be in my country this weekend – and I would like to welcome you.   ‘President Trumps Welcome to Scotland’ sounds like the title of a pipe tune – some would want it to be a lament, others … Continue reading President Trump’s Welcome to Scotland

Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.

It was a real joy to be back preaching on Sunday –  In looking at Romans 7:1-6 and the difference between written Law and the Gospel of the Spirit.   I began with Marlon Brando, continued with Jordan Peterson, and ended with Martin Luther – “ We must ask God for divine grace, so that we may become new in spirit, willing and doing all good works … Continue reading Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.

Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

Please. Stop it.  Enough.   We get the message…over and over and over again.  We can hear you.  We know you are virtuous.   We know you are for equality and diversity.  So please, please, please, can we have some diversity in our corporate culture – and some equality?  Our corporate capitalists and public institutions seems obsessed with only one issue.   (I note the common complaint that … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide

The Cross, the Temple and the Gospel – Sinclair Ferguson, Andy Robertson and John Owen

Last Sunday was apparently quite a special one in St Peters – if you listen to the two services you will hear why – Sinclair’s sermon on the Cross is stunning, as is Andrew’s on Ezekiel.  What struck me about both is that not only were they deeply biblical and faithful to the text, they were passionate and full of pathos and emotion.  This is … Continue reading The Cross, the Temple and the Gospel – Sinclair Ferguson, Andy Robertson and John Owen

‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

As my twice weekly column with Christian Today has come to an end and as the readership of this blog continues to grow, I have been thinking and praying about what to do with it.  I have tended to write quite lengthy posts which people say won’t be read – but many of them are – as in these two this week – Undivided – An … Continue reading ‘Evangelical’ Moderator honoured for ‘Changing attitudes within the Church to Same Sex Relationships’

Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

Back in the UK Tim Keller is in town amongst other things at the National Prayer Breakfast – giving what one FC minister described as a “robust and Christ-centred defence of the gospel before Prime Minister, MPs and clergy. A great encouragement and motivation to pray for our nation”.  Brilliant! It’s always good to listen to Tim who never fails to be challenging and stimulating.  … Continue reading Tim Keller and Middle Class Churches

Does Scotland Need Another Billy Graham?

  This is the editorial from the June Record.  You can purchase a digital copy here – for the ridiculous price of £1.50 (or equivalent).  Watching the BBC documentary ‘Six Weeks to Save the World’, about Billy Graham, was utterly fascinating. The 1950s was a different era and a very different Scotland. The majority of people were associated with the church, and holding a six-week … Continue reading Does Scotland Need Another Billy Graham?

PCUSA; PCI and the C of S; the ABC and the EU; Academics and Paedophilia; the Supreme Court and the Bakers.

Yesterdays post was an eye-opener to several people – thanks for your feedback.  But the half was not told.   Here are a few other snippets of news that show where we are going. Mainstream churches who compromise with the culture have lost the plot and are paying the price. The PCUSA lost 5% of its membership last year and closed over 150 churches.  They have … Continue reading PCUSA; PCI and the C of S; the ABC and the EU; Academics and Paedophilia; the Supreme Court and the Bakers.

Banning the Bible in the NHS

There is a small story happening in the Scottish region of Dumfries and Galloway which tells us a great deal about what is happening the UK today https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/968942/bibles-bedside-hospital-christian-leaders-galloway-royal-infirmary At first glance it just appears like a minor spat that is hardly newsworthy at all. But the story and how it is reported is revealing of the current state of the culture and the church in … Continue reading Banning the Bible in the NHS