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November 9, 2012

What Scotland Owes to Knox

What was achieved by Knox and his fellow Reformers in 1560 took a long time to work out in both Church and state. The battle was won but the mopping up work would occupy many years. In spite of this […]
November 9, 2012

Augustine of Hippo

The question may be asked: why is Augustine of Hippo so important in the history of the Christian Church? The answer lies in the evangelical nature of his theological contribution. He is regarded as the first great theologian since apostolic […]
November 9, 2012

Athanasius and the Person of Christ

The Christian Church today owes a debt of gratitude to this early Church Father of the 4th century who courageously defended the truth of our Lord’s perfect deity as well as his true manhood when this fundamental teaching came under […]
November 9, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (6)

Reformation Achieved Mary’s insistence on retaining her right to hold Mass in her own chapel so provoked the people that only with great difficulty was a mob prevented from entering her chapel and disrupting the service. Today we would take […]
November 9, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (5)

The Reformation Progresses The progress of the Reformation was now rapid throughout the Scottish lowlands, embracing Angus, Fife, Lanarkshire, Glasgow area, Ayrshire, the Lothian region, Dumfriesshire and elsewhere. As yet they had no preachers, meeting in places and at times […]
November 9, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (4)

John Knox (1513-72) A native of Haddington, East Lothian, Knox was ordained a priest in 1536 after a liberal education at Glasgow University.  He was employed at first as an apostolic notary or church lawyer and then as a tutor […]
November 8, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (3)

George Wishart (1513-46) From January 1543, a regent ruled Scotland, the Earl of Arran, acting for the infant Queen Mary whose father, James V, had died in 1542. At first the new regent was inclined to favour the protestant pro-English […]
November 8, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (2)

Patrick Hamilton (1503-28) Patrick Hamilton was of noble lineage and connected to the royal family. While yet a child, the revenues of the Abbacy of Fearn in Ross-shire were given to him as the Commendator-Abbot – a common corrupt practice […]
November 8, 2012

The Scottish Reformation (1)

Its Origin and Background The visible church in Scotland just before the Reformation was one of the most corrupt and degenerate in Europe. The prevailing vices of the clergy, their worldliness, covetousness, idleness, immorality and oppression of the poor merited […]