Identity Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up On Independence – Part 4

  The Story so Far:   In part One I argued that the SNP have largely given up on independence as its and is now focused on being what it perceives as a progressive and pro-European party whose aim is to keep the United Kingdom within the EU. In part Two I expressed concern that the SNP is becoming an increasingly authoritarian party that does not … Continue reading Identity Politics – Why the SNP are Giving up On Independence – Part 4

The (almost) Jenny Geddes Moment – Reflections on the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament – 11th May 2016

On Sunday 23rd of July 1637 in St Giles Cathedral, one act of one working class woman created a disturbance which eventually led to the Wars of the Three Kingdoms, the English Civil War and eventually the beheading of Charles the 1st.   When the Dean of Edinburgh began to read the Anglican book of Common Prayer, Jenny Geddes, a street seller, picked up her stool … Continue reading The (almost) Jenny Geddes Moment – Reflections on the Kirking of the Scottish Parliament – 11th May 2016

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

The Ultimate April Fool – An Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon

    Dear First Minister, I am writing to you as the moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and want to assure you of our prayers for you and your government. I also write in a personal capacity as a supporter of both you and the SNP. It’s no secret that you have long been the recipient of my vote. So please take this … Continue reading The Ultimate April Fool – An Open Letter to Nicola Sturgeon

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