2 Timothy 3 – Sinclair Ferguson; Luke 15 – Andy Bannister – A Remembrance Hymn and Poem

Last Sunday I was at the IFES conference in Barcelona so Sinclair preached at the morning service and Andy Bannister in the evening…if you benefit from listening to this as much as I have then you will be blessed… In the evening we had an emphasis on Solas which, under the direction of Andy, is growing and developing – they had just had a very … Continue reading 2 Timothy 3 – Sinclair Ferguson; Luke 15 – Andy Bannister – A Remembrance Hymn and Poem

We Shall Remember Them – December Record Editorial

  Here is the editorial from this months Record – There are many things that glorify war, but remembering the Fallen in previous wars is not one of those things. In the centre of the village of Fearn in Easter Ross there is a war memorial. I remember as a teenager standing there and counting the names engraved on it. Between the First and Second World … Continue reading We Shall Remember Them – December Record Editorial

The Tartan Taliban – Article in the Daily Mail

As a result of my previous blogs The Scottish Daily Mail asked for an article – which they published yesterday. I am thankful for this opportunity…Here is the text of the article…(I am heading away for three days break – from my computer – so don’t have time to put up all the other links). This is the news article they published a couple of … Continue reading The Tartan Taliban – Article in the Daily Mail

The Tartan Taliban?

John Nicholson an SNP leader and former MP showed just what the new campaign of tolerance, respect and love means for the SNP and Scottish Government when yesterday on the Andrew Marr show he referred to Christians in the Western Isles as ‘the Tartan Taliban’. For those who are not able to access the BBC Iplayer through the link above here is a transcript of … Continue reading The Tartan Taliban?

The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church – The October Record Editorial

This is the editorial from the October Record – just out now.  The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church It’s a somewhat strange paradox. As the church seems to be in decline, the number of religious items in the news increases and the clergy are everywhere. Tom Nairn’s quip that Scotland wouldn’t be free until the last Church of Scotland minister … Continue reading The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church – The October Record Editorial

Confessions of a Free Church Minister

For technical reasons we are not able to do the Quantum podcast this week – so instead I thought I would share this article that I wrote in 2005 – 13 years later it is fascinating to see that it has largely not dated – I think I would stand by everything in it – perhaps even more passionately today.  (its fascinating seeing some of … Continue reading Confessions of a Free Church Minister

How should the Church React to Inverness and Stornoway Gay Pride marches?

This is a version of a piece I wrote earlier today re the proposed Inverness and Stornoway Pride marches. unfortunately both were hacked – this is a rewritten, restored version which I hope is as near to the original as I can remember. I normally have a back up but for some reason didn’t with this one!  Apologies to those who posted comments on the … Continue reading How should the Church React to Inverness and Stornoway Gay Pride marches?

A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

There is a wonderful conference going on just now in Nashville – one that I would dearly love to be at! This could also be a revolutionary conference which may have a catalysing effect upon the whole American church. Keith Getty’s Sing will have 7,500 participants – mainly pastors and worship leaders. It will be addressed by people such as John MacArthur, Alistair Begg, John … Continue reading A Revolutionary Question for the Evangelical Church (and the Participants at the “Sing” Conference)

Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald

Faith no more: Questions over a liberal approach as Church of Scotland affiliation plummets In todays Herald there is yet again another article on the decline of the Church of Scotland….It reflects what we have been saying on this blog for years…. The full report is below….with some reflections afterwards. QUESTIONS have been raised about how the Church of Scotland’s more liberal approach will help public … Continue reading Faith No More – the Continuing Decline of the Church of Scotland- The Herald

Emotional Women and Rational Men – Why I’m Coming Out as Binary

Did you know that being a man means that you are “competitive, ambitious, independent, rational, tough, sexual, confident, dominant, taking risks and caring about your work? Or that being a woman means that you are “nurturing, caring, social, emotional, vulnerable and concerned with appearance.” No – this is not out of some 1950’s traditionalist uber right-wing Christian fundamentalist manual for relationships.  This is bang up … Continue reading Emotional Women and Rational Men – Why I’m Coming Out as Binary