List of Publications
List of Publications
The following items are available for purchase from the Publications Committee. Prices are for orders within the UK. Prices for overseas orders are available on request (see below for contact details).
* Echoes from Scotland’s Heritage of Grace
by Hugh M. Ferrier. Hardback. 266pp. (2007). Price: £10.00 per copy (inc. p&p).
The book contains twelve chapters:
1. Reformation comes to Scotland; 2. Moderates and Evangelicals; 3. Echoes of Grace from Arran; 4. The Men and the Separatists; 5. Echoes of Grace from the Highland Capital; 6. The Free Church of Scotland of 1843: Years of Blessing; 7. The Union Controversy; 8. The Praise Controversy; 9. The Higher Criticism Controversy; 10. The Declaratory Act Controversy; 11. The Law Case and its Aftermath; 12. The Church in an Age of Decline
In his Preface Mr Ferrier explains his purpose in writing this book:
“I have written these pages to try to express some of the glories of God’s grace experienced by Scottish people in the past. I have also particularized with regard to the Free Church of Scotland, to note how easily and quickly a church can be diverted from her high and holy calling as happened in the 19th century. The Free Church was born in revival, yet within a generation or so, the seeds of doubt and unbelief were sown in that Church which had been evangelical to the core, and those seeds produced a bitter harvest from which the Church in Scotland has never recovered.”
In the Foreword the Rev. William Macleod, minister of Knightswood, Glasgow, writes:
“History has always been an interest, a hobby or rather a passion of Hugh Ferrier. After retiring he had more leisure than in the pastoral ministry and, having an active mind he has enjoyed studying and writing these sketches of Scottish Church History. The one quality that all will remember who have contact with Mr. Ferrier’s ministry is his warmth, love for the Lord and love for His people. This comes through clearly in the book. Here is a volume to stir your heart and cause you to long for God to pour out His Spirit again in mighty power as in days of old.”
The late Hugh M. Ferrier served in the congregations of Golspie (1952-60), Knockbain (1960-63), Partick, Glasgow (1963-75) and Free North, Inverness (1975-1990). He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 1978.
* Sing the Lord’s Song: Biblical Psalms in Worship
by John W. Keddie. Crown & Covenant Publications. Paperback. 74pp. (2003). Price: £4.00 each for 1-9 copies and £3.00 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
“The singing of inspired praise has been the practice of God’s people through most of history. It is only in relatively recent times that the majority of songs in Protestant worship services are not from the Bible’s Book of Psalms. Why has this change occurred, and does it matter?
Some say we are free to sing anything in church as long as it is true, worshipful, and sung in earnest. These are good and important things, but Keddie makes the case that what brings God the most glory is the singing of Spirit-inspired songs–the songs in the Book of Psalms–sung in spirit and in truth.
There is a renewal of psalm singing in the church today, but it is still a minority practice. It brings up many questions in the minds of believers who do not practice it. In this introductory booklet, Keddie addresses some of the most common questions, things like:
• Isn’t this an unnecessarily divisive issue and a relatively unimportant matter?
• Doesn’t the New Testament give greater liberties in the elements of worship?
• Are you saying that the hymn writers were all wrong?
• If psalm singing is so right, why aren’t more psalm singing churches more obviously blessed by it?
His answers are thoughtful, respectful, and simple. In all his discussion he appeals to the authority of the holy Scriptures. He also looks briefly at church history and shows how our choice of worship song has changed. In conclusion, he makes an apt case for using the Lord’s song to bring praise to Himself. The songs found in the Bible are not only sufficient praise, but the very finest praise to offer God in worship.” (The Publisher)
John W Keddie is a retired minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). He served the Free Church congregation in Burghead (1987-96) and Bracadale, Isle of Skye (1997-11). He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 2008. He lectures in Church History & Church Principles in the Free Church Seminary.
* Where is God now Gone? The Present State of Church and Nation
by John J. Murray Booklet. 20pp. (2003). Price: £1.50 each for 1-9 copies and £1.00 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
“In the last fifty years we have seen a transition from a society in which God and his truth were accorded a central and a largely public place to one in which they have neither. Modernism and postmodernism have caused theological and spiritual bankruptcy in the church and a rapidly collapsing culture in the nation. The effects are seen in the prevailing emptiness of modern society, its loss of character, its increasingly permissive and neo-pagan culture and its concession to political correctness.
In this address given to the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) John Murray seeks to probe the reasons for this state of things. In offering a remedy he contends that a change is needed as radical as what took place at the Reformation when through the work of men such as Luther, Calvin and Knox the authority of God was acknowledged as supreme in both church and nation. He suggests that the times are crying out for a similar renewal in our day when the church would be seen once again ‘fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.’ ”
John J Murray is a retired minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). He was an assistant editor with the Banner of Truth Trust from 1960 to 1973. He served Free Church congregations in Oban (1978-89) and St Columba’s, Edinburgh (1989-2002). He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 2003.
* The Five Points of Calvinism
by John W. Keddie. Booklet. 20pp. (2010). Price: £2.00 each for 1-9 copies and £1.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
The first title in the new ‘Finding out about...’ series. In ‘The Five Points of Calvinism’ John Keddie sets out the historical background to the formulation of the Five Points and then expounds them one by one, showing how they are derived from Scripture. He gives suggestions for further reading. In his conclusion Mr Keddie says:
“The doctrines of grace proclaim that ‘Salvation is of the Lord’, and therefore we should exult in those doctrines, acknowledging as they do the sovereignty of God, and the efficacy of the work of Christ. There needs to be a recovery of such uncompromising Biblical doctrine. This is the truth that must thunder through our land again, calling men and women to yield themselves to the Triune God, and to a Saviour who is King, and who is ‘the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence’ (Colossians 1:18).”
* The Lord’s Supper
by John Morrison. Booklet. 16pp. (2011). Price: £2.00 each for 1-9 copies and £1.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
A title in the ‘Finding out about...’ series. The author’s aim in this booklet is twofold, namely: “to be of help to the reader who has already partaken of this sacrament and, hopefully, to be of encouragement to others in whom the Lord has done a saving work but who for various reasons have been excusing themselves from coming to the Lord’s Supper, and consequently are depriving themselves of a means of grace.” The importance of the sacrament is seen as follows:
“The purpose of the Lord’s Supper then is to remember the Lord’s death until He returns on the Last Day, and the spiritual edification of His people, strengthening their faith, building them up in holiness of life, enabling them to loathe and die unto sin, being more devoted and obedient to the Lord, and to renew their love for and enjoy fellowship with one another. It is therefore beneficial in a threefold sense – in relation to God, to Christ as Saviour, and to the brethren. It also points ahead to Christ’s second coming, not only in remembering what He has done, but looking forward to His return and subsequent to that the gathering of His people to be forever with Him, and the end of the world.”
John Morrison is a retired minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). He served Free Church congregations in Fort William & Kilmonivaig (1975-92), Shawbost, Isle of Lewis (1992-1999) and Kilmuir & Stenscholl, Isle of Skye (1999-2010). He was Moderator of the General Assembly in 2000. He lectures in Systematic Theology in the Free Church Seminary.
by James Clark. Booklet. 16pp. (2015). Price: £2.00 each for 1-9 copies and £1.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
A title in the ‘Finding out about...’ series. In ‘Worship’ James Clark identifies the principles and elements of worship, defends the worship which God has appointed and emphasises the spirituality of worship. He gives suggestions for further reading. In his introduction Mr Clark says:
“Worship is the highest activity of the creature on earth or in heaven – the worship of the living God in the Spirit through Jesus Christ. It is enabled by grace and is our preparation for glory: if the sinner does not begin to worship and continue worshipping here, he cannot worship there, in heaven, where everything is far better. Worship is the bowing down of the creature to God. It has also been expressed fittingly in the following way, ‘Worship is the Church on its knees.’ ”
James Clark was ordained to the ministry in 1991 and inducted to Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. He was admitted to the Free Church (Continuing) in 2005 and inducted to Knock & Point in the Isle of Lewis in 2006, being translated to Inverness in 2012. He has served as Tutor in Greek & New Testament in the Free Church Seminary since 2012.
by John Macleod. Booklet. 16pp. (2015). Price: £2.00 each for 1-9 copies and £1.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
A title in the ‘Finding out about...’ series. In ‘Baptism’ John Macleod looks at the meaning, administration, mode of and qualifications for this sacrament. He also considers the honouring of baptismal vows and the role of the kirk session. Finally he analyses the terms of admission to baptism and the Lord's supper respectively. Concerning the significance of baptism Mr Macleod says:
“Baptism is in(to) the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost – thus, the name of God is placed on the person being baptised in the sense that he is admitted into (or formally and publicly acknowledged to belong to) the covenant community on earth which God speaks of as ‘my people’. ‘I will be their God and they shall be my people.’ (Jeremiah 31:33) Thus, also, there is shown the commitment of each of the three persons of the glorious Trinity to make good all the blessings of the covenant of grace that are signified, sealed and exhibited by this ordinance.”
John Macleod was ordained to the ministry and inducted to Duthil-Dores Free Church in 1983 and retired in 2006.
by David Blunt. Booklet. 28pp. (2017). Price: £2.00 each for 1-9 copies and £1.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
A title in the ‘Finding out about...’ series. In ‘Presbyterianism’ David Blunt considers six principles of church government taught in Scripture. In his introduction he states:
“What is ‘presbyterianism’? The term may refer to a branch of Protestantism which has spread to various parts of the world since the Reformation. Presbyterianism had its modern beginning in Geneva under John Calvin in 1541, and established itself in Scotland in 1560 following John Knox’s return from Geneva after several years in the city. In subsequent centuries it advanced through Scottish emigration, particularly to Ireland, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. In more recent times presbyterianism has grown through missionary effort, notably in Korea and several countries in South America. Historically certain doctrines, forms of worship and other practices have distinguished presbyterian churches from other churches.
There is a narrower meaning to the term however. ‘Presbyterianism’ denotes a form of church government. If a church calls itself ‘Presbyterian’ it is declaring something about how it is organised. It is a church governed by ‘presbyters’. The word derives from the Greek noun presbuteros, which means ‘elder’, and so essentially presbyterianism is government by elders.
We shall endeavour to show that the presbyterian form of church government is the form taught in the Scriptures, and therefore the form which ought to be adopted by the church generally. ”
David Blunt was ordained to the ministry in 2000 and inducted as an Evangelist/Church Planter based in Aberdeen. He was translated to North Uist & Grimsay in 2007.
* The Shorter Catechism (with a new layout for learning)
by Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Booklet. 48pp. (2014). Price: £1.50 each for 1-9 copies and £1.00 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
“The Shorter Catechism was produced by the Westminster Assembly and approved for use by the Church of Scotland in 1648. It was designed to assist instruction in vital biblical truths, especially among the young, and to help bring about uniformity in religion between the churches of Christ in the kingdoms of Scotland, England and Ireland.
The Catechism covers the range of Bible teaching and memorising the questions and answers will equip the individual with a thorough knowledge of ‘the doctrine which is according to godliness’ (1 Tim. 6:3).
In this new edition the answers are laid out in sections as an aid to learning, making it particularly suitable for children. The references to the proof-texts from Scripture are included.”
* The Right of Continued Protest
by Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Booklet. 32pp. (2013). Price: £2.50 each for 1-9 copies and £2.00 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
A document prepared by the Legal Advice & Property Committee of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) at the request of the General Assembly and in consultation with Presbyteries. It demonstrates that the right of continued protest, which was denied at the time of the division of 2000, was exercised freely at earlier times and is founded upon the Headship of Christ. The document draws the following six conclusions:
"a. The right of protest has its basis in the foundational doctrine of the Headship of Christ which is explicitly taught in Scripture and in the subordinate standards of the Church.
b. The right of protest has been a long-recognised right within the Reformed Church in Scotland and has been exercised particularly when important issues affecting the character and constitution of the Church have been at stake.
c. The right of protest has a continuing aspect which carries with it not only the right to continue protesting within the Courts of the Church but also to campaign outside these Courts to gain acceptance of the position expressed in the protest.
d. The continuing character of the right of protest was freely recognised by General Assemblies of the Free Church in the Nineteenth Century when protesters were free both to submit renewed Protests and to campaign outside Church Courts without fear of being disciplined.
e. Conversely, General Assemblies and Commissions of the Free Church in the period leading up to the Division of 2000 denied the right of continued protest in either of its forms and proceeded unlawfully to discipline and eventually to suspend those who sought legitimately to exercise it.
f. Experience of the right of continued protest in the Free Church of the 19th century provides benchmarks for its use to relieve the conscience, to act consistently with the ordination vow, to safeguard the constitution and to preserve the unity and peace of the Church."
* Scottish Independence: An examination of the Scottish Government's proposals for Scottish independence
by Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Booklet. 76pp. (2014). Price: £3.00 each for 1-9 copies and £2.50 each for 10 or more copies (inc. p&p).
The 2014 General Assembly received and adopted the Report of the Public Questions, Religion & Morals Committee which included a section containing an examination of the Scottish Government’s proposals for Scottish independence. The Assembly welcomed this examination and commended it to our people and the Christian public in general, instructing the Publications Committee to place the text on the Church website and also to make it available in a suitable printed form for wider circulation.
The Committee indicate the approach they have taken to this subject:
"Various factors weigh with people when they consider the question of Scotland’s political status. For some individuals the position they take is determined largely by their feelings: there is either an emotional leaning towards the idea of independence or a sentimental attachment to the Union; it is also possible that people may be torn both ways as they hear the competing arguments. For others their view is determined by more tangible factors such as how they think the differing options are likely to affect their material prosperity or the welfare which is provided by the state. Many of these things are difficult to quantify and as ever there is no guarantee that what is promised by politicians can actually be delivered.
For Christians there is another consideration – one which shapes our attitude to everything of importance. We want to know God’s mind on the matter. The Word of God is our all-sufficient rule for faith and life and so we must ask, What do the Scriptures say?"
* Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) Church Directory 2018
Booklet. 60pp. (2018). Price: £3.00 each for 1-9 copies and £2.50 each for 10 or more copies, plus postage. Postage for a single copy sent to a UK address is £1.00. Postage for a single copy sent to an overseas address is £2.00. For the cost of postage for multiple copies sent to a UK address or an overseas address please e-mail:
The Church Directory (which replaces the Year Book) contains full details of Free Church (Continuing) congregations in the UK and overseas, including the locations of places of worship, times of services and communion dates. Some historical information is provided and information regarding the workings of the Church, including the Assembly Clerks, Finance, Church magazines and the Free Church Seminary. There are contact details for all the ministers of the Church and the clerks to the various committees of Assembly. A list of moderators of the General Assembly since 1950 is included.
The Church Directory will be useful to visitors who are looking for a place of worship.
* Metrical Psalmody in the Free Church of Scotland
by Maurice A. Grant & John W. Keddie. Booklet. 58pp. (2020). Price: £3.00 each for 1-3 copies and £2.50 each for 4 or more copies (plus p&p).
This booklet is an historical study of the place of Metrical Psalmody in the Free Church of Scotland. It is divided into three sections:
1. Setting the Scene
2. Historical Background
3. Constitutional Position in the Free Church on Materials in Sung Praise and Instrumental Music: Some Conclusions
The final conclusion is:
"It is clear, therefore, that the part of the division in the Free Church of Scotland in 2000 known as the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) does in fact more faithfully represent the principles and traditions in public worship of the pre-Disruption Church of Scotland, the Disruption Church, and the post-1900 Free Church of Scotland, than that major part of the Free Church after 2000 which instituted changes in worship in November 2010. In effect it sided with the position of the Free Church which had instituted changes in worship in 1872 and 1883, against which protests were raised at the time. The Free Church which continued after 1900 reverted to the earlier commitments exclusively to inspired materials of praise without instrumental accompaniment."
* Thomas Chalmers: "The chief Scottish man of his Time"
by John W. Keddie. Booklet. 34pp. (2020). Price: £3.00 each for 1-3 copies and £2.50 each for 4 or more copies (plus p&p).
This brief biographical sketch covers the life and times of this extraordinary Scotsman. On the burial of his mortal remains in Edinburgh in 1847 it was said that although it was “the dust of a Presbyterian minister which the coffin contained; and yet they were burying him amid the tears of a nation, and with more than kingly honours.”
Chalmers was a man of great erudition and humble Christian faith. This new study brings this great Scottish man of faith to life, and exemplifies the Bible proverb: “The memory of the just is blessed” (Proverbs 10:7).
John W. Keddie is a retired minister of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) and served as lecturer in Church History & Church Principles at its Seminary in Inverness from 2008 to 2019.