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

Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5

Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5  Dear Brothers and Sisters, They say that you ought to live as to be missed when you are gone.   I don’t know if I have done that but I do know that I have been blessed to have lived in places and amongst people who I miss. I loved growing up on the Tarbat peninsula … Continue reading Aretha, Anastasia and Amazing Grace – Letter from Australia 5

It’s a Bargain! – (Letters in Exile 1)

In 1636 Samuel Rutherford was sent into ‘exile’ in Aberdeen from his congregation in Anworth in the Scottish Borders for a couple of years.   Although he was banned from preaching he kept in touch with the people back ‘home’ through a series of letters. These beautiful and pastoral letters are now considered spiritual classics – ‘When we are dead and gone let the world know … Continue reading It’s a Bargain! – (Letters in Exile 1)

Churches – Where is Your Athens?

This interview appeared in Christian Today here at the weekend. Churches, where is your Athens? Staff writer  Sun 28 Jul 2019 7:04 BST David Robertson (c) with his family in Scotland before making the big move to Sydney, Australia(Photo: David Robertson) For 27 years, David Robertson was pastor of St Peter’s Church in Dundee but thanks to a popular blog – the Wee Flea – and regular media … Continue reading Churches – Where is Your Athens?

Onward Christian Soldier – The Scottish Daily Mail

“O that God would gie us, the gift to see ourselves as others see us”  (Burns). “And those things when we hear, let us also make open show of our defects, but of our excellencies let us say nothing.  Or if the opportunity force it upon us, let us speak of them with reserve and impute the whole to God’s grace.”  (Chrysostom) The above words … Continue reading Onward Christian Soldier – The Scottish Daily Mail

Quantum 51 – Cricket; Bigotry; The Catholic MP and the Free Church MP; Child Abuse; Jess Phillips; Scotland and Drugs; Trump; The Bachelorette; Mark Driscoll; Joni; The Handmaids Tale; Augustine Banned

This weeks Quantum ranges from explaining cricket to an MP demanding that the government look after her children five days a week – from The Bachelorette to Donald Trump..Enjoy…(and pass on!) We also looking at The Speaker and bigotry –  the firing of Allen Josephson, The Free Church MP and the Catholic MP https://theweeflea.com/2019/07/10/dear-ian-an-open-letter-to-ian-blackford/ Remember this song?  It’s been banned in a library play group! … Continue reading Quantum 51 – Cricket; Bigotry; The Catholic MP and the Free Church MP; Child Abuse; Jess Phillips; Scotland and Drugs; Trump; The Bachelorette; Mark Driscoll; Joni; The Handmaids Tale; Augustine Banned

The Last Farewell – The Long Interview with Bill Whiteford

This is my farewell gift to Scotland!  – An interview broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland this morning at 8:30.  It’s called the long interview because having 30 minutes to discuss on radio is unusual.  I found Bill Whiteford to be one of the best interviewers I have ever faced – probing and challenging without being rude and aggressive.   We discussed a range of subjects, the … Continue reading The Last Farewell – The Long Interview with Bill Whiteford

Decades in Dundee – Euan Gurr on Brexit, Independence, Poverty, Family, Christianity and Dundeei

This is part three of the Decades Videos – Jim Spence, Kevin McKenna and I discuss with Euan Gurr.   Euan is a special guy – one of the great unsung heros of the Christian church in Scotland.  Euan was the head of the Trussell Trust and is now a columnist and campaigner.  His heart for the poor is Christ’s.  You may not always agree with … Continue reading Decades in Dundee – Euan Gurr on Brexit, Independence, Poverty, Family, Christianity and Dundeei