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Christian, husband, father, preacher and writer.
Interests: People, books, discussion, banter, books, good food, books, and I have a love/hate approach to technology . . .
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Posted Aug 16, 2015 at Emerging Free
Prior to joining the Free Church of Scotland in 2013, I stumbled upon a little Free Church publication called: Our Evangelical Heritage: The Work and Witness of the Free Church. I found the book to be inspiring, in that it combined several testimonies of free church members and ministers which... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Emerging Free
This is just a brief blog post to give folks a ministry update. In Nov 2014 I met with the Free Church Board of Ministry and was accepted as a ministry candidate. As an outcome of that interview the BoM requested that I undertake studies at Edinburgh Theological Seminary (ETS)... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2015 at Emerging Free
Should churches host apologetic events? Should we create a forum for exploring questions such as “Has Science Buried God?” or “Are Science and Faith Incompatible?” I’m a ministry assistant for a small rural church in the highlands, and we did this very thing recently and as a result I would... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Emerging Free
So, I just got round to flicking through the first copy of the new Solas magazine. Solas is the new publication from the Solas Public Centre for Christianity. Anyway, here are my initial thoughts about the magazine.. 1) Solas is Informative The first thing that struck me about the publication... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2015 at Emerging Free
As I prayed over this message, the verse which struck me with the greatest strength was: Jesus “said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” 28 And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2015 at Emerging Free
So, we have been hearing for some time about the resurgence of Calvinism and the emergence of New Calvinism. The Resurgence, the Gospel Coalition, Together for the Gospel, Desiring God, Enjoying God and leading preachers such as Piper, Driscoll and Chandler amongst others, has all played a part in this... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2015 at Emerging Free
"Fantastic book. Very inspiring and challenging. Couldn't put it down. A must read for pastors who work with challenging young people/adults from difficult addiction backgrounds. A challenge to the church that Jesus isn't just the God of our middle class Christian culture. A story of How God redeems and hears... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Emerging Free
When we think of a person who is godless, we often think of a person whose lifestyle is immoral. If we speak of a godless evangelist, we may think in terms of an evangelist whose lifestyle does not match his message – a preacher who does not practice what he... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2015 at Emerging Free
The following Joseph Prince update appeared on my my newsfeed today (not because I follow him, but because someone else does). Joseph Prince is popular -- but this status update is pretty explicit -- and to me is an obvious an example of why Jospeh Prince should not be considered... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2015 at Emerging Free
A few years ago I was in Fort William and I had some time to kill. It was raining, so I decided to pop into a large Roman Catholic Church (RC churches are usually always open). Sure enough there were in fact open doors. Visitors were free to roam the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at Emerging Free
A few folk have received, (and read) their copy of 'Christ, the Cross and the Concrete Jungle'. Here is some of the initial feedback from Christian readers. "I literally sat down and read it from start to finish without putting it down -- Certainly worth a read!" "Awesome... What an... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Emerging Free
I'm pleased to announce that my book, 'Christ, the Cross and the Concrete Jungle' is now officially available. To purchase a copy via the author, click the following link: and then click "Buy it now". To purchase a copy from the supplier click the following link: Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2015 at Emerging Free
Christian Rapper, Shai Linn has done it again. I first heard of Shai Linne when he wrote and released a Rap which condemned the gospel which says riches can be "named and claimed", and even more conroversially, in his Rap, he "named and shamed". Yep, he actually called out, by... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2015 at Emerging Free
Hi John, Thanks for touching base. It is also good to hear that others had similar concerns. God Bless John
I was recently handed a book by a member of the church. The book is called: “The Courage to be Protestant: truth Lovers, marketers, and emergents in the postmodern world” by David F. Wells. Like most books I actually get round to reading, this one is a few years old... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Emerging Free
I've just returned from the Embers to a Flame conference in Northern Ireland (11 - 12th Feb 2015). It was a fascinating and enriching experience in many ways. Enriching because of the fellowship (I went with a group of Free Church of Scotland Ministers/Elders); enriching, because of the Irish hospitality... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2015 at Emerging Free
I’ve started reading Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games Trilogy. They have been out for a number of years, but the fourth and final movie is yet to be completed. Last night, as I read the first few pages of Chapter One, I was struck by a significant similarity between the world... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2015 at Emerging Free
I picked up My Utmost for His Highest, today, for the first time in a while. I read yesterday's reading. It felt like a breath of fresh air. Here it is below... Transformed By Insight January 23, 2015 We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2015 at Emerging Free
Justin Martyr’s Description of Early Church Worship (100--165 AD) "On the day called Sunday, all who live in cities or in the country gather together in one place, and the memoirs of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as time permits. Then, when the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Emerging Free
“The Free Church is going to hell!” claimed a perplexed observer of all things Reformed Presbyterian. No reasons were given, and due to the simmering passion of the one making the claim, no reasons were looked for. Ever since I heard the the words: “The Free Church is going to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Emerging Free
What is the greatest need for those who preach the gospel? What is the essential foundation for gospel ministry? Richard Baxter, in his classic, 'The Reformed Pastor' says the greatest need is for the preacher or minister to experience the saving work of God's grace in his own soul. See... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2015 at Emerging Free
Just stumbled upon the following review/blog post from 2009! I haven't edited it, I've just reposted it as was written in 2009. I have experienced an ever deepening and an ever increasing richness in my faith over the last week or so. I have been reading through John MacArthur’s daily... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Emerging Free
Luther's sermon on the Commandments, the Lord's Prayer and the Creed begins by expounding upon each of the commandments. His reflections on the First Commandment struck me as having particular application to many contemporary/charismatic churches. However, before I unpack that, let's look at what Luther says first. The First Commandment... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Emerging Free
I've been dipping into the works of the reformers and puritans, and as is often the case when I read these works, I find myself challenged on several levels. In the following excerpt from a sermon by Martin Luther, he outlines three basics to be learned by Christians who could... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Emerging Free