Last Sunday morning we looked at Romans 15:14-33 “Gospel Ambition” and I had the privilege of baptising our grandchild, Lewis Robertson. From the universal word all, I conclude that he did not simply pray that God would be present with and favor the Romans in a general sense, but that he would rule and guide every one of them. But the word peace refers, I … Continue reading Romans 15 – Gospel Ambition; Proverbs 4 – Sinclair Ferguson; Psalm 126
Baptism is a divisive subject amongst some Christians – which is a shame because it is a sacrament which is supposed to unite. There is one baptism into the body of Christ. I accept, understand and empathise with my Baptist brothers and sisters who by conviction think that only those who have come to a saving faith should be baptised (it’s not fair to call … Continue reading Ten Biblical Reasons Why I Baptised My Granddaughter (and Children).
Last Sunday we had the joy of baptising Peter and Charis Anderson – Songs: Mighty to Save; Christ is Mine Forevermore; Ps 109:1-5 and 14-17; We praise God for his Covenant; O Love that Wilt Not Let Me Go. (I made a mistake with the selection of the psalm – we left it on a rather grime note and should have sung the next verse! … Continue reading Covenant Blessings, Baptism and 1 Kings – Praise and Preaching from St Peters
Last Sunday morning was a special service for me – as I got to baptise my grandson – Finlay as well as Elizabeth – another girl in the congregation…the church was packed… Here is the morning service: Songs – Praise to the Lord, the Almighty; From heaven you Came; Ps 89:1-6 and 13-18; We Praise God for His Covenant; May the Peace Readings: Colossians 1:24-29 … Continue reading Baptisms, Prayer, Holiness, a New Song and a (not so good) Farewell Sermon – St Peters March 11th
Donald Macleod is the most brilliant theologian I have ever met. His writings are always stimulating, provocative and persuasive. His current blog post is no different. http://www.donaldmacleod.org.uk/dm/should-presbyterians-have-dedication-services/ However sometimes you have to wonder if Donald just had a day when he got out of bed on the wrong side! His current blog is supposed to be about that most crucial issue facing the Free Church … Continue reading The Downgrading of the Free Church – A Response to Donald Macleod.
I am very worried about a Welsh Presbyterian goat farmer. Apparently Paul Levy, the International Presbyterian Church (IPC) in Ealing, keeps goats on a farm. And he is concerned about them. Paul is normally a jovial sort of person but apparently I recently ‘got on his goat’ so he wrote an article about how he is worried that I might be selling his farm. I … Continue reading When the Levy Breaks – Is Dedicating an Infant, Covenant Breaking?
I have been asked to explain about why I believe what I believe about baptism. Rather than give a theological explanation or a detailed examination of all the Scriptures concerned with baptism (there are plenty books and articles that do that from different perspectives) I thought I would just simply give a personal testimony about my journey on this issue. I find that people often … Continue reading Baptism – A personal Journey in which it is discovered that infant baptism is Biblical!