Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight

This weeks Quantum is the second part of our review of what we do.  Last week we looked at society.  This week we look at the church.  Joel Osteen and Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke and Jayne Ozanne; And the wonderful Sinclair Ferguson – watch this clip! Then we have a look at both the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland and the Free Church … Continue reading Quantum of Hope 43 -Joel Osteen; Matt Chandler; Steve Chalke; Sinclair Ferguson; The General Assembly; Durham Church; Lucas Moura; City Alight

The Free Church and Education

The week of speeches continues – After talking about church planting amongst the poor at the Assembly, then religious freedom at the Scottish Parliament, it was back to the Assembly to talk about education.  I moved the following: The General Assembly recognise that there is a fundamental onus laid on the Church to communicate a Christian world view to its young people. They recognise the … Continue reading The Free Church and Education

The Free Church and the Poor

In the early 1980’s I was studying history and politics at the University of Edinburgh.  I had been attending Morningside Baptist Church, and indeed had been baptised there – but, through reading the Bible, I became what is called ‘Reformed’ – even though I did not know what that was!  I became to look for a church that taught this biblical theology but also practised.  … Continue reading The Free Church and the Poor

The Three Presbyterians – the Free Church and Twenty Schemes.

  As we head towards the General Assembly next week, my hope and prayer is that we will deal with the important issues – one of which is how we reach the hundreds of thousands of people who live in Scotland’s schemes.  To my mind, it is fanciful to think that the Free Church will be able to do this.  We will need to partner … Continue reading The Three Presbyterians – the Free Church and Twenty Schemes.

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

Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

This is a paper I presented to a conference of academics in Cromarty celebrating the work of Hugh Miller.  Miller is one of Scotland’s unsung great historical heroes.  I was reminded of this when listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech last week – which contained a short section on Scottish history that was more interesting for what it missed out rather than what it said. … Continue reading Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

Parents Take Back Control – The April Record Editorial

This is the editorial from the April Record. Parents – Take Back Control  Imagine the scene. You are a child in school attending a guidance class and are told by the teacher, ‘There are 73 different genders.’ When one of the pupils pointed out that there were two genders, they were laughed at by the rest of the class. This was not in a school … Continue reading Parents Take Back Control – The April Record Editorial

Praise and Preaching – Iver Martin on John 20, Sinclair Ferguson on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Alaister Begg; Steph Macleod- In Christ Alone

Morning Service Leader: Hugh Henderson Praise Leader: Mairi De LA Haye Preacher: Iver Martin Songs: ~Holy, Holy, Holy; My Heart is Filled with Thankfulness; Ps 134(b); Ps 119:97-104; Christ is Made the Sure Foundation Readings: Acts 21:1-16 ;  Psalm 119:97-104 Sermon: John 20:19-27 Evening Service Leader:  Hugh Henderson Praise Leader: Mairi De La Haye Preacher: Sinclair Ferguson Songs: Praise My Soul the King of Heaven; Christ is Mine Forevermore; Ps … Continue reading Praise and Preaching – Iver Martin on John 20, Sinclair Ferguson on 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10; Alaister Begg; Steph Macleod- In Christ Alone

Romans 11 – God’s Plan for Jew and Gentile; Malcolm Farquhar; Free Church Youth Conference – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

Last Sunday morning we continued to look at Romans 11 – you can hear the whole service here (including my attempt to sing to the children! ).  If you want to hear the sermon only you can get that on the St Peters website.  Songs:  Jerusalem; When Peace Like a River; Ps 40 (Many Will See); Ps 119:73-80; There is a Hope Readings: Acts 19:23-41; Ps 19:73-80 … Continue reading Romans 11 – God’s Plan for Jew and Gentile; Malcolm Farquhar; Free Church Youth Conference – Praise and Preaching from St Peters

An ‘Odious’ Interview – and a Confession

Yesterday I was asked to do an interview on Talk Radio on the subject of teaching same sex relationships on behalf of Affinity.   I agreed to do so – somewhat reluctantly – a reluctance that was multiplied when I discovered that the ‘interviewer’ was John Nicholson, the former SNP MP.  We have form.  I challenged him as regards his prejudice when he tried to call … Continue reading An ‘Odious’ Interview – and a Confession