Category: Article

March 20, 2013
If You Don't Read then You Shouldn't Lead

Any planter worth his salt will always have a book on the go. We must never stop thinking. We must never stop learning. We must never stop seeking to grow in our understanding of God’s Word and how to apply it to our specific cultural contexts. Tim keller calls it “agile learning”. It’s cheesy but […]

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March 18, 2013
The Importance of Gospel Partnerships for Scotland's Poorest

Paul Rees is the lead pastor of Charlotte Chapel, a large independent Baptist Church in the centre of Edinburgh. This was the church that invited me to take over the revitalisation of Niddrie Community Church in 2007, and they have played a large part in growing a thriving gospel ministry. We are also immensely thankful […]

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March 11, 2013
Sexual Sin: It Could Happen to You

I was deeply saddened late last year to hear of an extremely close pastor friend of mine who had succumbed to temptation and committed adultery. He has not been married for very long, he was pastoring a growing church, and he was also the vice president of a Bible College. I have yet to ascertain […]

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March 8, 2013
Encouraging Every Member in Word Ministry

When we look at the NT, and the book of Acts in particular, we see that the gospel spread and the church grew through the proclamation and teaching of the ‘Word of God’ (Acts 6:7; 12:24; 19:20). That, surely, must be the basis for any and all ministry in our congregations—we must be ‘Word based’. […]

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March 7, 2013
Can You Preach Expositional Sermons in Poor, Uneducated Areas of the World?

This is the title of an article I wrote a year or so ago and then adapted for my friend Brian Croft at Practical Shepherding Ministries. Click on the link here to read the article in full. Practical Shepherding is a Gospel-driven resource center for pastors and church leaders to equip them in the practical […]

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March 6, 2013
Does Mercy Ministry Ultimately Lead Us Away from the Gospel?

Very often, I am asked what my ‘position’ is on social justice and/or mercy ministry and the gospel. Usually, I will feign a quizzical look before asking said person, ‘what do you mean by that?’ Generally, what they mean to ask is how I balance ‘loving people and providing for their needs over and against […]

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March 5, 2013
What if We Based Our Decisions on Community Instead of Self-Interest?

When was the last time you met a person who took a decision in their life based on how it would affect their Christian community? As a pastor, I am often informed about decisions to move house, job, etc. and my immediate response is always twofold: What is the motivation behind your decision?  Where will […]

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March 1, 2013
What Should We Do About the Drug Problem on Our Streets?

Is the idea of treating addiction as a disease preventing addicts from overcoming their problems? Daily Telegraph writer and recovering alcoholic Damian Thompson, who has written a new book on the subject, explains that what worries him is the way addicted behaviour is “spreading around society”. “There is an acceleration of addictiveness”, he told the […]

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February 28, 2013
The Church and the War on Drugs

I live in a scheme which is blighted by drugs. Children as young as seven and eight years old are smoking Cannabis regularly (I smoked my first joint at 12). Heroin is as easy to get as a pint of milk from the local store. Crack, Coke, E’s, LSD, you name it and it can […]

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February 24, 2013
Welcome to Our Church Weekend Away, Don't Forget Your Beer

We have our annual church weekend away coming up this weekend at Niddrie Community Church. Last year we had an amazing time, when at least half a dozen people made commitments to Christ. Of those, five of them are still going on a year later. That in itself is remarkable given the high fallout rate […]

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