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

Revival, Renewal and Reformation in Lewis and Harris

Annabel and I have just returned from a lovely weekend on the Blessed Isles – Lewis and Harris – where I was speaking at the Harris Bible Conference, along with Roger Simpson the Anglican  evangelist (now in York but better known to Scots as the former pastor of St P’s and G’s in Edinburgh).    We really did have a wonderful weekend – encouraging and … Continue reading Revival, Renewal and Reformation in Lewis and Harris

Brexit Update, The Backstop Explained and Parliamentary Chaos (Feb Record Editorial)

Most Thursdays I do a Brexit update and continue to review The Great Deception  – However this week I want to share the editorial from this months Record – just out.  It is about Brexit and what is going on in the country – but unlike my blog I hope that you will find it a lot more balanced!    Before we post that let … Continue reading Brexit Update, The Backstop Explained and Parliamentary Chaos (Feb Record Editorial)

In Conversation – with Alastair McIntosh

This is a conversation I had with Alastair McIntosh, a Quaker activist, broadcaster and writer.  He is the author of a superb book – Poachers Pilgrimage.  We discussed many things in front of a good audience in St Peters.   It may not sound the most riveting of evenings – over an hour discussing theology, history, the Highlands,church etc – but the most common reaction afterwards from those … Continue reading In Conversation – with Alastair McIntosh

Good Crieff! – Fellowship, Frustration and the Future.

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.

All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)

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)

An Interview with the Australian Presbyterian

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

A Stunning Sermon and a Revealing Brisbane Q and A…

The services last Sunday are not up on the website yet (I will link to them when they are) but meanwhile here is Sinclair’s outstanding sermon and also a conversation I had with Mark Baddeley in Queensland Theological College in Brisbane which I had in May.   Firstly Sinclair’s sermon on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 Then this conversation with Mark …he is a superb interviewer – this … Continue reading A Stunning Sermon and a Revealing Brisbane Q and A…

A Christmas Tale – December Record’s Editorial

This is the editorial for December’s Record. A Christmas Tale Reflections on Christmas Past  Twas the night before Christmas… and the Free Church preacher was in his usual place of a Saturday night, preparing for the services the following day. As usual he was fearful and anticipatory. There was the normal sense of anticipation – after all, gathering to worship the living God is a … Continue reading A Christmas Tale – December Record’s Editorial