The Free Church and Education

The week of speeches continues – After talking about church planting amongst the poor at the Assembly, then religious freedom at the Scottish Parliament, it was back to the Assembly to talk about education.  I moved the following: The General Assembly recognise that there is a fundamental onus laid on the Church to communicate a Christian world view to its young people. They recognise the … Continue reading The Free Church and Education

The Free Church and the Poor

In the early 1980’s I was studying history and politics at the University of Edinburgh.  I had been attending Morningside Baptist Church, and indeed had been baptised there – but, through reading the Bible, I became what is called ‘Reformed’ – even though I did not know what that was!  I became to look for a church that taught this biblical theology but also practised.  … Continue reading The Free Church and the Poor

The Three Presbyterians – the Free Church and Twenty Schemes.

  As we head towards the General Assembly next week, my hope and prayer is that we will deal with the important issues – one of which is how we reach the hundreds of thousands of people who live in Scotland’s schemes.  To my mind, it is fanciful to think that the Free Church will be able to do this.  We will need to partner … Continue reading The Three Presbyterians – the Free Church and Twenty Schemes.

In Conversation – with Alastair McIntosh

This is a conversation I had with Alastair McIntosh, a Quaker activist, broadcaster and writer.  He is the author of a superb book – Poachers Pilgrimage.  We discussed many things in front of a good audience in St Peters.   It may not sound the most riveting of evenings – over an hour discussing theology, history, the Highlands,church etc – but the most common reaction afterwards from those … Continue reading In Conversation – with Alastair McIntosh

Is the Free Church Cessationist?

A few months ago one of the writers in The Record, Dayspring Macleod, mentioned that the Free Church was not cessationist. This raised a few eyebrows and prompted a couple of people to get in touch asking me to deal with her error. The trouble is that both those who got in touch, and Day were right. Cessationism is the view that the apostolic spiritual … Continue reading Is the Free Church Cessationist?

“Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

This is a news story based on an interview with Eternity magazine in Sydney.  I didn’t realise the interview was going to be filmed (it lasted over 30 minutes) – hence my attire.  You can watch their edited highlights of the clip here –   The text of the report is below.  I also find it interesting how they summarised the interview. There was of necessity … Continue reading “Don’t be like us” says a true Scotsman – Interview with Eternity magazine

Islam on Lewis: Why the church should support Muslims’ right to build mosques

Recently it was announced that the first mosque is about to be built on the Western Isles – a bastion of conservative evangelical Calvinism, dominated by the Free Church of Scotland (colloquially and somewhat pejoratively known as ‘the Wee Frees’). The press sniffed blood – surely this would outrage the Free Church and create civil war? The old headlines ‘Wee Free Outrage’ were dusted down … Continue reading Islam on Lewis: Why the church should support Muslims’ right to build mosques

Blogging in the Name of the Lord – Interview with the Exiled Preacher

This is an interview I took part in with The Exiled Preacher  Blogging in the Name of the Lord: David Robertson GD: Hello David Robertson, and welcome to Exiled Preacher. Please tell us a little about yourself. DR: I’m the minister of StPeter’s Free Church in Dundee, Church of Robert Murray McCheyne.    I’m married to Annabel and have three  grown up children – Andrew, Becky, and Emma … Continue reading Blogging in the Name of the Lord – Interview with the Exiled Preacher

Thrown to the Wolves – What happens when you dare to question the Trans agenda.

As a result of the article in the Times, the attack from the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church and all that followed, most newspapers carried stories in similar vein.  I wrote about the background to this here    I would love to have just let things lie, but in today’s world, where everything is on the internet forever and people continue to abuse and … Continue reading Thrown to the Wolves – What happens when you dare to question the Trans agenda.

Two Churches Struggling with (Gender) Identity

When I want to understand the culture I find that Dundee taxi drivers and hairdressers are usually pretty good barometers.  As regards the latter I was speaking to my hairdresser today and she told me about ‘gender reveal’ parties.  I had no idea what they were and at first thought they might be a kind of coming out party for transgender people.  But no – … Continue reading Two Churches Struggling with (Gender) Identity