A New Years Message for the Church and Society… New Year is as good a time as any to think about new beginnings. As we reflect on the past year and look forward to 2019, whether at an individual, community or government level, many of us would love to start anew again. Renewal is a great idea. And so is re-formation. I would love to … Continue reading All Things New – A New Years Message for Church and Society (the January Record Editorial)
This is the editorial for December’s Record. A Christmas Tale Reflections on Christmas Past Twas the night before Christmas… and the Free Church preacher was in his usual place of a Saturday night, preparing for the services the following day. As usual he was fearful and anticipatory. There was the normal sense of anticipation – after all, gathering to worship the living God is a … Continue reading A Christmas Tale – December Record’s Editorial
Here is the editorial from this months Record – There are many things that glorify war, but remembering the Fallen in previous wars is not one of those things. In the centre of the village of Fearn in Easter Ross there is a war memorial. I remember as a teenager standing there and counting the names engraved on it. Between the First and Second World … Continue reading We Shall Remember Them – November Record Editorial
Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited Auschwitz last week. Those of us who have been can understand when in her article in the Scotsman she described the effect. Especially when she talks about the sheer industrial scale of Birkenau. However she has also come under criticism from some who suggest that this was just a publicity stunt and a photo-op. That is not fair and … Continue reading Nicola’s Lessons from Auschwitz
This is the editorial from the October Record – just out now. The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church It’s a somewhat strange paradox. As the church seems to be in decline, the number of religious items in the news increases and the clergy are everywhere. Tom Nairn’s quip that Scotland wouldn’t be free until the last Church of Scotland minister … Continue reading The Rise of Civic Christianity and the Collapse of the Church – The October Record Editorial
Did you know that being a man means that you are “competitive, ambitious, independent, rational, tough, sexual, confident, dominant, taking risks and caring about your work? Or that being a woman means that you are “nurturing, caring, social, emotional, vulnerable and concerned with appearance.” No – this is not out of some 1950’s traditionalist uber right-wing Christian fundamentalist manual for relationships. This is bang up … Continue reading Emotional Women and Rational Men – Why I’m Coming Out as Binary
The September Record is coming out this week…here is the cover, table of contents and lead article. You can purchase it from your church, the Free Church offices or online. Speaking Up With the rapid retreat from any form of Christian values in today’s ‘progressive’ Scotland, the question arises as to what the Church can or should do about it. Sadly, the confusion in the … Continue reading Speaking Up – The September Record
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?
This is the editorial from the June Record. You can purchase a digital copy here – for the ridiculous price of £1.50 (or equivalent). Watching the BBC documentary ‘Six Weeks to Save the World’, about Billy Graham, was utterly fascinating. The 1950s was a different era and a very different Scotland. The majority of people were associated with the church, and holding a six-week … Continue reading Does Scotland Need Another Billy Graham?
The May Record is now out – you can get a digital copy here for pennies! – Why not sign up for a year – only £18…..and pass the word on to others. The lead article was really hard to write….I attach it below. There is an excellent interview with Simon Manchester… The Apostate Free Church As we head towards another couple of important General … Continue reading The Apostate Free Church?