January 25, 2014

Motives to Pray for Revival

WHAT ARE MOTIVES TO PRAY FOR REVIVAL? 1 A recovery of the manifestation of the glory of God in his church. ‘I believe truly that when God has accomplished some end upon us and has stained the glory of all […]
November 2, 2013

Free Church Fathers and their Heritage for Us (2)

Rev John W Keddie 2. Thomas Chalmers (1780-1847): The foremost Scotsman of his age Often described as the greatest Scotsman of his age, Thomas Chalmers was something of a polymath. He became a colossus for evangelical historic Calvinism in Scotland […]
September 21, 2013

Free Church Fathers and their Heritage for Us (1)

Rev John W Keddie In the early years of the 19th Century there was an ‘Evangelical Renaissance’ within the Church of Scotland. Although the Secession Churches had since the previous century maintained evangelical principles and produced many fine preachers, there […]
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

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 […]