The Secularisation of the Church of Scotland – What Really Happened at the Assembly?

A Report on the 2017 Decision to Permit Same Sex Marriage Much to no-ones surprise, the Church of Scotland General Assembly has just voted to accept the Theological Forum’s report which changes the Churches definition of marriage to include same sex marriages and to apologise to gay people for their previous understanding. I know there … More The Secularisation of the Church of Scotland – What Really Happened at the Assembly?

Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

It was a surprise to be asked by Christian Today to comment on the 174th Anniversary of the Free Church Disruption of 1843.  I doubt that the anniversary went through the minds of even most Free Church people.  But as I reflected on it, I realised that the Disruption still has a lot to teach … More Lessons from the Disruption – How a Church Split Can be Positive!

A Last Minute Plea to our Brothers and Sisters in the Church of Scotland _ The Record Editorial – May 2017

The May edition of The Record is now out….I love the cover and I hope that the content within is improving. (you can purchase the whole magazine from the Free Church Bookshop in Edinburgh or from your local Free Church).   The following is the editorial. A Last Minute Plea to our Brothers and Sisters in the … More A Last Minute Plea to our Brothers and Sisters in the Church of Scotland _ The Record Editorial – May 2017

Losing Our Religion – The Daily Mail on the State of the Church in Scotland

The journalist John Macleod has just begun a major three part series in The Daily Mail on the current state of the Church in Scotland.  Given that this is published in Scotland’s best selling Saturday newspaper it is good to see the question being given such prominence.  Coming on top of a more local and narrow … More Losing Our Religion – The Daily Mail on the State of the Church in Scotland

Scotland and Brexit – Why Nicola Sturgeon has got it wrong.

I am currently in Australia but will be continuing this blog – with perhaps less frequency than usual (although there are a lot of articles to catch up on).  It is a momentous time in the UK and I am delighted at the people’s rebellion against the Euro-elites!  However it is not going to be … More Scotland and Brexit – Why Nicola Sturgeon has got it wrong.

Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

 by The following fascinating article from Judith Duffy appeared in this weeks, Sunday Herald.   It is a generally accurate  and through portrayal of what is going on in Scotland today.   One of the most interesting points is that the Humanists, Secularists and the Church of Scotland are agreed.  They think that the churches are failing … More Welcome to Secular Scotland – A Nation where Religion is in Retreat

A Tale of Two Assemblies

(The Future is African!)   A report of the Church of Scotland and Free Church General Assemblies in Christian Today – A Tale of Two Assemblies Another year, another annual church assembly, another battle and series of headlines about the church and sexuality. Deja vue. At this year’s General Assembly the Church of Scotland ‘crossed a Rubicon’ … More A Tale of Two Assemblies