My phone has hardly stopped ringing over the past couple of days, with journalists from different news organisations desperate for information and ‘an informed opinion’ about the recent tragic death of Iain D Campbell. It still disappoints me that in a world where people are being killed, this is considered so newsworthy that … More Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response
“Does God call me to belong to a local church where the Word of God is not being taught?” That was one of the questions I have often been asked. I hope to have an occasional series looking at these kind of questions. To some the answer to this particular question is so obvious that … More Does God Call Me to Belong to a Local Church where the Word of God is not being Taught?
(Gleneagles Hotel) It was a fascinating afternoon – an interview at Gleneagles Hotel between Michelle Roux’s senior and Andrew Fairlie, two of the top chefs in the world. When I bought the tickets it was originally for Annabel, as I did not think it would be my cup of tea – but it turned out … More The Wit and Wisdom of Michel Roux – An Afternoon in Gleneagles
The following post recently appeared on a friend’s Facebook page. You know it’s a ‘sign of the times’ when even the Highlands and Islands have churches that promote Joel Osteen. What a desperate state of affairs. Why is this trend happening? I’m not a prophet, or the son of a prophet, but I think years … More Heresy in the Highlands
I am currently on holiday and taking a break from writing. I am due to preach at St Andrews Anglican Church in Roseville Sydney – where John Dickson is the senior minister. Usually when I come to the end of a holiday I start thinking about the situation at home, in church and country. … More Prophets, Prostitutes and Politicians
Last month I had the privilege of being a guest of the directors of the Tate at a dinner in London marking the opening of a new exhibition entitled “Painting with Light – Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age.” I was invited as Moderator of the Free Church because we have … More The Dangerous Democratic Deficit – Scotsman Article – June 9th 2016
by The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this weeks, Sunday Herald. It is a generally accurate and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today. One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed. They think that the churches are failing … More Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat
(The Future is African!) A report of the Church of Scotland and Free Church General Assemblies in Christian Today – A Tale of Two Assemblies Another year, another annual church assembly, another battle and series of headlines about the church and sexuality. Deja vue. At this year’s General Assembly the Church of Scotland ‘crossed a Rubicon’ … More A Tale of Two Assemblies
The Church of Scotland wanted to move on from dissing the Bible and rejecting its teaching about marriage to some things more important. This week we have been finding out what these things are. Smacking – The General Assembly voted to ban corporal punishment at home. Of course they can’t, but they want to ask … More Smacking, Fracking, Fossils, Europe, Anglicans and Feedback – Assembly News and Views.
This is my assembly address. It was too long….and, in fact, I deviated a lot from what is written below and missed out a lot….I preached my heart out – but there is too much in my heart! It was also a bit bitty…. It was somewhat like throwing out a dozen darts in the hope … More Discerning the Times – Retiring Address at 2016 General Assembly