It was wonderful to hear that Songs of Praise, the flagship BBC religious programme, was to come from the Island of Lewis – the home island of my wife and apparently more significantly the home island of President-Elect Donald Trumps mother. I looked forward to hearing some Gaelic psalm singing, traditional hymns and perhaps … More Songs of Praise, the Island of Lewis, Donald Trump and the Religion of the BBC
“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?
St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee is famous throughout the evangelical world for being the church of Robert Murray McCheyne. But many of those who come to the church now, know very little about McCheyne; and many of those who are aware of McCheyne know very little about the current St Peters. This short … More Robert Murray McCheyne and St Peters
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 … More Baptism – A personal Journey in which it is discovered that infant baptism is Biblical!
“Q: Why doesn’t @theweeflea, director of Solas, have a single #Reformation tweet on or around #ReformationDay?” This is the tweet that broke the camels back! Every couple of months an American fundamentalist called Chuck O’Neal, tweets a message which is then retweeted to me several times by his followers, identifying me as a friend of … More Popery, Psalms and Protestant Pharisees
I recorded this on my Iphone at the afternoon concert of acapella singing in St Peters last Sunday. This was part of the Open Doors weekend and allowed people to hear some of the kind of singing we try to do. Crawford Mackenzie (one of our elders and worship leaders) got together this small choir … More Voices in Harmony – St Peters Singing
Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have renewed their wedding vows in a small private ceremony in England and they intend to do so again in a grand ceremony next year in Italy. The 45 year old model said that she and her 71 year knight had the ceremony so that their new house could be … More Why we won’t be renewing our Wedding Vows
I suppose it was to be expected. After the crushing defeat for the Scottish government at the United Kingdom Supreme Court over their Named Person scheme, we not only had the spin which sought to turn it into victory, but then, sadly, the intimidation and mockery which has become so much part of the current … More Investigate Extremist Christians!
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
So here we are in Australia, sitting at our log fire (it is winter and it does get cold!), musing on the news that there are Alps in Australia and that 70cm of snow have just fallen on them, when our daughter reads the following story: http://mashable.com/2016/07/12/woman-accused-road-rage-knit/#Yq2BD5vsSaq0 I laughed out loud. A woman sentenced to knit … More Is Knitting the Cure for Road Rage?