Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

This is a paper I presented to a conference of academics in Cromarty celebrating the work of Hugh Miller.  Miller is one of Scotland’s unsung great historical heroes.  I was reminded of this when listening to Nicola Sturgeon’s conference speech last week – which contained a short section on Scottish history that was more interesting for what it missed out rather than what it said. … Continue reading Hugh Miller – The Christian Radical

Let Them Eat Rainbows. The Sexualisation and the Poverty of Children

As we prepare to head home I note the depressing news that Downfield primary school in my own city of Dundee has been the first to be awarded an LGBTI ‘silver award’ for their work in promoting ‘diversion and inclusion’.  Watch this little news clip to see how the indoctrination of our children is pushing on full steam. The children are being indoctrinated into acceptance … Continue reading Let Them Eat Rainbows. The Sexualisation and the Poverty of Children

Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

This article was published on Christian Today I wonder whether, if at school we offered a class entitled Wisdom 101, there would be any takers? It seems as though education in the West has shifted from teaching students the basics of how to think (literacy, philosophy, language, numeracy, reason and logic) to teaching them what to think. Education used to be a case of cramming … Continue reading Ecclesiastes 9: The Wisdom of Christ

Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial

Each New Year I foolishly like to try and think ahead by making some predictions (not prophecies) about the coming year for the Church. This was a prediction for this year: 9) The Church will reach out amongst the poor. It seems to me that it is often the case that the richer and more middle-class the church, the more they talk about helping the … Continue reading Good News for the Poor – The September Record Editorial

When Yes Means No – Part 3 – The Dream

This is the third and final part of a series began earlier in the week, explaining why I, as a 2014 Yes voter have taken the painful decision to vote No if there is another IndyRef soon. When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part 1 – The Fantasy When Yes means No – A Tale of Three Referendums – Part … Continue reading When Yes Means No – Part 3 – The Dream

The EU Referendum Code – What Christians Really Mean!

  Todays article in Christian Today – The Referendum Code Those of us who are Christians know that words matter, and those who have been observing the EU referendum debate know that how they are said matters, too. As I observe the Christian responses ahead of Thursday’s vote, I see how we as Christians so often use our words badly. Some are less than subtle. I … Continue reading The EU Referendum Code – What Christians Really Mean!

Battle for the Mind – The Importance of the Church’s Involvement in Education

This is my article in the third edition of the Solas magazine.   If you would like to support this work please subscribe – you can get the print or digital version here  We are really keen to make this magazine work on a subscription only basis….why not subscribe yourself or gift a subscription to someone else – every little helps!  It is deliberately designed to … Continue reading Battle for the Mind – The Importance of the Church’s Involvement in Education

Christmas Cheer and Encouragement – News Report and Editorial in The Herald

Sometimes one feels like a voice shouting in the wilderness, thinking that no-one is listening, and then something like this happens.  The Herald not only picked up on my Christmas message, but also at least in part commended it in its editorial.  For those who know the Scottish newspaper scene that is almost miraculous.   The report and editorial are below – as is the one from The Scottish Daily Mail.

The message on which this based can now be found on The Free Church Website

The Herald – 22 Dec 2015

Herald 22-12-15 - Social Media mob stifling public debate

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Brilliant Article on Abortion and the New Intolerance from Kevin McKenna

Compassion needed on abortion issue… for pro-life advocates (this article appeared in The Scottish Catholic Observer and is worth reading and passing on.  McKenna gets where our increasingly intolerant culture is at). LIVING IN Scotland will be an interesting experience for those who still think they are living in an enlightened and diverse country where all faiths and traditions are respected and treated equally. The decision by … Continue reading Brilliant Article on Abortion and the New Intolerance from Kevin McKenna

Malaysian Days 2 – The Wedding

Saturday 3rd January 2015 – The Wedding The day began of course with food, continued with food and ended with food. Rice with breakfast just doesn’t seem right but it worked. The Coffee was mince though! Picking up the Bride Every culture has things in common- food, music, children. And every culture does them all slightly differently. It was fascinating to be part of this … Continue reading Malaysian Days 2 – The Wedding