Petition to the Scottish Parliament re a Second Independence Referendum

This is either the dumbest, bravest or most annoying thing I have ever done, or possibly all three!   I have petitioned the Scottish government, asking them not to have Indy Ref 2 until after 2020. #FutureIndyRef I am really concerned about the potential for division, bitterness and waste of time and money that a second Independence referendum will undoubtedly cause.   It seems as … Continue reading Petition to the Scottish Parliament re a Second Independence Referendum

Pride, Prejudice, Free Church Ministers and Secular Intolerance

(Alistair McBay of the Secular Society – not quite grasping his theme!) Alistair McBay had the following letter in the Dundee Courier on Friday. Stamp out all prejudice Sir, – I was delighted to hear the First Minister and some of her ministers fully supporting Pride Glasgow and promising to root out anti-gay prejudice and discrimination wherever it occurs. However, much of it occurs in … Continue reading Pride, Prejudice, Free Church Ministers and Secular Intolerance

Who should I vote for? A Christian View of The Scottish Parliamentary Elections – May 5th 2016

  This Thursday – those of us who are Scottish voters get to decide who sits in these seats. I suspect that many Christian voters in Scotland are like me, thoroughly confused/depressed/concerned about the upcoming Scottish Parliamentary elections this Thursday. Who can I vote for? Is there really any choice? What is happening to our country? As moderator of the Free Church I wrote to … Continue reading Who should I vote for? A Christian View of The Scottish Parliamentary Elections – May 5th 2016

Open Letter to President Mahama of Ghana

This is a follow up to my earlier article – Here President John Dramani Mahama, President of the Republic of Ghana   Your Excellency, I am writing to you on the occasion of your recent visit to my country, Scotland. I write to you as the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and as a Christian brother.   I wanted to welcome you to our country, … Continue reading Open Letter to President Mahama of Ghana

Scotland’s Shame as Political Leaders Embarrass Ghana

  As noted in our Solas Newsbrief  the president of Ghana visited Scotland last week.  And several of our politicians managed to embarrass our beloved Scotland.  Partick Harvie leader of the Greens complained about the President coming and wrote to the presiding officer ” “We believe that the Scottish Parliament should be a place where everyone can feel safe”. I have come across some dumb statements … Continue reading Scotland’s Shame as Political Leaders Embarrass Ghana

Building a Pro-Life Scotland

It was my joy and privilege to spend last Saturday afternoon at St Ninians Roman Catholic Centre, speaking a conference organised by the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child.  I say this with shame but it is sad that the pro-life cause is so often identified almost solely with Roman Catholics.  I honour them for that, but where are the Free Church, the … Continue reading Building a Pro-Life Scotland

A Christian View of Government

Article in Todays Scotsman – Big Goverment, Small Democracy This article is printed in the Scotsman today.  My main point is that a Christian view of government tends towards ‘small’ government rather than a big centralised, one size fits all government.  This is because of our understanding of human sinfulness, the nature of the rulers as ‘servants of God’ and the purpose of government.  Do … Continue reading A Christian View of Government

Christians ‘are being persecuted by online hate mob’ – Article in Scottish Daily Mail

After my appearance at the Scottish Parliament on Wednesday (you can read about it  HERE)  this is what the Daily Mail are reporting today.   There should also be something in the Sunday Mail tomorrow: Scottish Daily Mail13 Feb 2016 CHRISTIANS are now seen as ‘extremists’ who are persecuted for their views by internet hate ‘mobs’, a leading churchman has warned. The Rev David Robertson, … Continue reading Christians ‘are being persecuted by online hate mob’ – Article in Scottish Daily Mail

Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

Visit to the Scottish Parliament- 10th Feb 2016 I was asked to speak to the Scottish Parliament sub-committee on religious freedom. Although I never stick to a text the following is the substance of what I said and a few reflections on the whole experience – which tells us a great deal about the state of Church and Society in Scotland today. “It is my … Continue reading Persecution, Politicians and false Prophets

The Incest Petition – Another Brick Removed from the Wall

For the past few years we have been warning that if the society rejects the bible’s teaching about sex, sexuality and humanity, then SSM would not be the only brick to be taken out of the wall.  I believe that in order the next to fall will be the taboos and laws against polygamy, incest and pedophilia.  And so bit by bit it is happening. … Continue reading The Incest Petition – Another Brick Removed from the Wall