TV – The Scots in China This is a short two part series on the Scots in China. Neil Oliver is a marmite presenter. You either love or hate him – many people find his voice really grating. I actually enjoy his style. The whole programme was intriguing- although it skirted some of the serious issues. How did the businessmen and media people justify working … Continue reading The Saturday Review (2) – The Scots in China; The Old Man and the Gun; Logic on Fire; Romans 9 – God’s Sovereign Purpose;
Last Sunday in the morning we had the baptism of Caleb Hartnett. We sang- Christ Alone, Cornerstone; Christ is Made the Sure Foundation; Psalm 23 (Townend); Ps 119:17-24; In Christ Alone. We read from Acts 15:22-41 and Psalm 119:17-24. The sermon was Romans 9:24-33 – The New People and the Stumbling Stone “We must give people a chance, give them an opportunity. They are … Continue reading Romans 9 – The New People and the Stumbling Stone; Jeremiah 1 – God’s Call; Baptism of Caleb Hartnett – St Peters 13th Jan 2019
As I prepare for preaching in Memphis Sunday morning here is the sermon from last Sunday morning – again there was a tangible sense of the Lord’s presence with people in tears and just a joy at His goodness. And the service from the evening…again another stunning sermon from Sinclair on wisdom….enjoy… “It is however the design of Paul, as it will presently appear more … Continue reading Led by the Spirit, Wisdom from Proverbs – sermons and worship from St Petes…
Last Sunday morning we looked at Romans 8:9-13 The Realm of the Spirit. It is a wonderful passage but I learned a lesson from a mistake I made. Normally I operate on Luther’s advice to preach as ‘though a 14 year old serving girl’ were present. My version of that is a 17 year old Dundee man who has never been in church before. This … Continue reading The Realm of the Spirit (Romans 8:9-13); Sinclair on Wisdom (Proverbs 1:1-7), What a Friend we Have in Jesus. Songs and Sermons from St Peters.
Last Sunday we looked at Romans 8:1-4 – Looking at the subject of real freedom. This is the real Gospel. It was wonderful to see and hear people ‘getting’ the Gospel. Also we rejoiced in news of one young man becoming a Christian. To run and work the law commands, Yet gives me neither feet nor hands; But better news the gospel brings: It bids … Continue reading Romans 8 – The Freedom of the Good News; Proverbs 1 – Wisdom for Life (Sinclair Ferguson); Opticians in Burundi and Praise from St Peters
Last Sunday we continued to look at Romans “In the old order we were married to the law and controlled by the flesh, and we bore fruit for death, whereas as members of the new order we are married to the risen Christ and liberated from the law, and we bear fruit for God. We need then to keep a watch on ourselves and others, … Continue reading Freedom and Slavery – Romans 7 and Philemon – Worship and Sermons from St Peters
It was a real joy to be back preaching on Sunday – In looking at Romans 7:1-6 and the difference between written Law and the Gospel of the Spirit. I began with Marlon Brando, continued with Jordan Peterson, and ended with Martin Luther – “ We must ask God for divine grace, so that we may become new in spirit, willing and doing all good works … Continue reading Romans 7:1-6 – The New Way of The Spirit; Sinclair on Proverbs 1 and A Message from the Graveyard.
Please. Stop it. Enough. We get the message…over and over and over again. We can hear you. We know you are virtuous. We know you are for equality and diversity. So please, please, please, can we have some diversity in our corporate culture – and some equality? Our corporate capitalists and public institutions seems obsessed with only one issue. (I note the common complaint that … Continue reading Somewhere Over the Rainbow – Corporate Capitalism, the World Cup and the Sign of a Society Committing Suicide
“What is the end of all church-order, assemblies, and worship? What is a church? Is it not a company of sinners gathered together, according to God’s appointment, to give glory and praise to him for pardoning grace, for the forgiveness of sins, and to yield to him that obedience which he requires from us on the account of his having so dealt with us? This … Continue reading Romans 6 – True Freedom – Praise and Preaching from St Peters
I am currently in Portrush Northern Ireland to speak at a unique occasion – eight churches have got together and are cancelling their individual services and all meeting together this morning in the University of Coleraine. It’s encouraging that they are willing to do this (Presbyterians taking risks is unusual!) although it’s kind of a shame that its just the Presbyterians! The weather is atrocious … Continue reading Portrush, Romans 5, Ephesians 3 – The Advance of the Gospel and the Church