It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843. I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people. But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach … More Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!
The World Reformed Fellowship asked if I would like to respond to a paper produced by the Presbyterian Church in American (PCA) on the question of the role of Women in Ministry. To be honest I was reluctant to do so but since they asked so nicely I wrote This It is more a personal and … More Women in Ministry – A Response to the PCA Report
Woke up this morning to discover that apparently I am the new champion of ecumenism in Scotland! Its rather pleasing to see that the Press (at least the Courier!) read The Record . This news story in todays paper is a direct lift from my editorial and not from an interview….I love being portrayed as the … More Dundee Minister Calls On Churches to End Divisions and Reunite!
The May edition of The Record is now out….I love the cover and I hope that the content within is improving. (you can purchase the whole magazine from the Free Church Bookshop in Edinburgh or from your local Free Church). The following is the editorial. A Last Minute Plea to our Brothers and Sisters in the … More A Last Minute Plea to our Brothers and Sisters in the Church of Scotland _ The Record Editorial – May 2017
I have been appointed editor pro-tem of The Record after the tragic death of Iain D Campbell. Because of the circumstances it has been very difficult to start from scratch but the first edition is now out, the second at the printers, and the third in preparation. Below is the first editorial. Welcome to the … More The Record Editorial – April 2017
Last Sunday was a great Easter Sunday in St Petes – and for the first time we recorded the whole service. This is an experiment so please do let us know what you think – e-mail me at email@example.com If enough people appreciate and make use of it we will continue. I most … More First Full Recorded Services from St Peters – Easter Sunday – Sinclair Ferguson on John 20 and Luke 23
Imagine that God had given us a hymn book? – one with his words. One that revealed his character. One that expresses our emotions and hearts in words that the Holy Spirit inspires. One that speaks of and to Christ. One that is traditional, modern, post-modern and contemporary. One that is praise, lament, confession, rejoicing, … More The Prayer of the Weak and the Joy of Singing Psalms
It is unusual for a mainstream secular newspaper to run a major series on the state of the Church in Scotland – but the Daily Mail has done just that. The journalist John Macleod has written a perceptive and insightful analysis – part three of which was published on Saturday. I attach the article below, … More The Rise of Scotland’s Radical Preachers – The Daily Mail
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?