Does God Call Me to Belong to a Local Church where the Word of God is not being Taught?

“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?

What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..

  Things did not look good for the church at the beginning of the 2nd Century. John was in exile on the waterless island of Patmos. All the other apostles were dead. Jesus hadn’t returned. The Roman Emperor had decided to make Christians the scapegoat for every ill. False teachers, heresies and compromisers plagued the churches. … More What Should the Church be doing in 2017? Jesus’s Plan is…..

In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day – A Rainbow over St Peters

I don’t often like writing about  my own congregation, St Peters.    But yesterday was such an encouraging day that I thought I would make an exception. As we drove home from the church last I saw this double rainbow in a perfect arch over St Peters –  it was a beautiful symbol, not of man’s … More In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day – A Rainbow over St Peters

What Brexit tells us about the Church in the UK

This is the longer version of my article in Christian Today. http://www.christiantoday.com/article/brexit.time.for.the.church.to.stop.doing.politics.and.start.doing.faith/89591.htm There is an old Chinese curse which says ‘may you live in interesting times’! In that case Britain is truly ‘cursed at the moment! I doubt there have been such interesting times in national and political life since the end of the Second … More What Brexit tells us about the Church in the UK

The Folly of Reductionism – Preaching From St Peters

One of the great privileges of being in St Peters at the moment is hearing some phenomenal bible teaching/preaching.   We have a team of preachers – Will Traub, Harry Mealyea are two of our elders who always do a great job.  Craig Anderson one of our young men is another excellent preacher.  John Ferguson … More The Folly of Reductionism – Preaching From St Peters

Discerning the Times – Retiring Address at 2016 General Assembly

This is my assembly address.  It was too long….and, in fact, I deviated a lot from what is written below and missed out a lot….I preached my heart out – but there is too much in my heart!  It was also a bit bitty…. It was somewhat like throwing out a dozen darts in the hope … More Discerning the Times – Retiring Address at 2016 General Assembly

The Dangerous Betrayal of Scotland’s Christian Heritage – Article in The Daily Mail – Easter Saturday 2016

Last week I received a phone call asking me if I would be willing to write the Mail’s Easter essay!  Is the Pope a Catholic?!  It was actually a difficult task (2,000 words) and to be honest I was not sure if they would take it.  Apart from a few edits to the first paragraphs … More The Dangerous Betrayal of Scotland’s Christian Heritage – Article in The Daily Mail – Easter Saturday 2016

St Peters – Readings, Sermons and Top Songs from 2015

This is my years summary of our readings, sermons and songs from St Peters. Readings:  As a congregation we read systematically through books of the bible.  One OT reading and one NT reading in the morning, and one OT in the evening.  During 2015 in our congregational worship we completed the following books:  Exodus,   … More St Peters – Readings, Sermons and Top Songs from 2015