Last Sunday in the morning we had the baptism of Caleb Hartnett. We sang- Christ Alone, Cornerstone; Christ is Made the Sure Foundation; Psalm 23 (Townend); Ps 119:17-24; In Christ Alone. We read from Acts 15:22-41 and Psalm 119:17-24. The sermon was Romans 9:24-33 – The New People and the Stumbling Stone “We must give people a chance, give them an opportunity. They are … Continue reading Romans 9 – The New People and the Stumbling Stone; Jeremiah 1 – God’s Call; Baptism of Caleb Hartnett – St Peters 13th Jan 2019
Last Sunday Sinclair preached on Hebrews 13:8 ‘Jesus Christ, the Same, Yesterday, Today and Forever”. You can hear the sermon alone by going to the St Peters website. Here is the whole service. The song we sang (although only the chorus!) was an old one – Yesterday, Today, Forever…I suspect when you hear the tune you will recognise it.. In the evening I preached on … Continue reading Hebrews 13:8 – Yesterday, Today, Forever; A Difficult Sermon on Predestination Romans 9:14-23…St Peters 6th Jan 2019
Good Crieff! – Fellowship, Frustration and the Future Every January a substantial number of evangelical ministers head for the beautiful Perthshire town of Crieff and the magnificent Crieff Hydro. Known as the Crieff Fellowship it has for decades been a beacon of hope for the Gospel in Scotland. Known as the Crieff Brotherhood (it now involves women – though not many!) it was set up … Continue reading Good Crieff! – Fellowship, Frustration and the Future.
Last Sunday morning we looked at Philippians 2:5-11 “Adopt the Attitude of Christ”. We sang ; My Jesus (Shout to the Lord); King of Kings/Majesty; Ps119:1-8; Philippians 2:5-11 and When I Survey the Wonderous Cross Melito of Sardis (2nd Century) – “ He that hung up the earth in space was himself hanged up; he that fixed the heavens was fixed with nails; he that bore up the earth … Continue reading Philippians 2:5-11, Psalm 87 – Sermons and Songs from St Peters (and David Henderson)
A New Years Message for the Church and Society… New Year is as good a time as any to think about new beginnings. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2019, whether at an individual, community or government level, many of us would love to start anew again. Renewal is a great idea. And so is re-formation. I would love to … Continue reading All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)
This week we have an end of year bonus for you – three for the price of two.. Firstly our morning service from last week. Then we had a stunning evening – I have read or heard Matthew 1:18-25 every Christmas for 50 years. You would think that there was nothing more to learn…and yet I learned so much from Sinclair’s sermon. And for a … Continue reading Christmas Services from St Peters – 2 Corinthians (David), Matthew 1 (Sinclair) and Luke 2 (Craig).
The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls” As we come towards Christmas its time to reflect on two different pictures of this ‘special’ time of year. Tomorrow we will look at what the Real Christmas is about – but today let’s go with the fake. Santa’s Husband Of course Christmas as a ‘good’ thing is always being appropriated by … Continue reading The Christmas ‘Fake News” and Ladbaby’s ‘We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”
Romans 9? Just before Christmas? You have to be kidding! But that is where we were at and that is where we continued. I had hoped to do the whole chapter in one sermon but the more I looked at it, the more I realised that there was a lot there for us all to wrestle with and to help us. So we only did … Continue reading Romans 9 – Does God Keep His Promises? Proverbs 4 – How to Guard Your Heart; Mary Did you Know? Pray for the West End…Worship from St Petes…
This is an article which was published in the last ever edition of The Australian Presbyterian. It is a transcribed interview with Mark Powell which in the light of yesterdays post – A Bittersweet Day helps explain my thinking. We contrast the situations in the UK and Australia. On the Precipice Australian churches, 10 years behind Scotland’s decline, must return to basics. David Robertson talks … Continue reading An Interview with the Australian Presbyterian
I suppose it was too much to hope. In this internet age the news was never going to be kept quiet. Last week I told my elders that after almost 27 years in St Peters I was giving six months notice and would be leaving in July 2018. The congregation were told yesterday. Before I got home last night there were numerous messages, not just … Continue reading A Bittersweet Day – The End of an Era