July 30, 2021
Lessons Learned in Trial: God’s Character & Suffering

While all around went wobbly and things that were once dependable let me down, I learned to more deeply trust the truth that there is no shadow of change in the Lord.

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

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 […]

Why Love Just Isn't Enough to Plant a Church
March 15, 2013

Let me start by saying that this is quite a chunky book, considering the strap line: ‘Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline.’ 350+ pages on the topic of membership and discipline seems a bit on the extreme side! However, despite initial misgivings, I have to say that this is an absolute gem of […]

Recapturing the Church's Vision for Scotland's Poorest
March 14, 2013
The Challenges of Being a Pastor in a Housing Scheme, 2
March 13, 2013
The Challenges of Being A Pastor in a Housing Scheme
March 12, 2013
Sexual Sin: It Could Happen to You
March 11, 2013

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 […]

Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel
March 9, 2013

Let me start by saying that at 170+ pages long, this book by Tim Chester is a short, sharp read on what is often quite an involved topic. For those of us who have read anything written by Ron Sider particularly, it is not going to add anything new to our armoury, but it is […]

Encouraging Every Member in Word Ministry
March 8, 2013

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’. […]

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

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 […]

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

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 […]