November 13, 2019
scottish highlands

Eminent Highland Preachers

“For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance, as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake” (1 Thess. 1:5). Of all the catastrophes known to man, few evoke scenes of greater horror in the hearts of God’s people than the prospects of a famine of the Word. Preaching holds an indispensable place in God’s economy. Believers know that their spiritual vitality depends on the food delivered from the pulpit by God. In Christ’s words: “Man shall not live by […]
October 2, 2019
The Happy Man

The Happy Man

“Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence is fullness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore” (Ps. 16:11). The Bible grounds true happiness in gospel holiness. The most holy people are the most happy people – because they are most like God and live most in his presence. The two stand and fall together; man must have both or neither. Any attempt to sever what God has joined together produces a shallow satisfaction that proves dishonoring to Christ and dismal to the soul. “There is a way which seemeth right unto a […]
August 28, 2019
family worship

Mr. Brown’s Dying Advices to His Younger Children

The following letter was penned by John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787), who served as a Scottish Presbyterian minister in the Associate Synod, to his young children as he lay on his deathbed. It portrays a God-fearing father bequeathing a spiritual inheritance to his sons and daughters – and to us, his spiritual heirs. Let us heed his advice and follow his example. My Dear Children, Believing that God hath made with me, and with my seed after me, his everlasting covenant, to be a God to me and to my seed, I did, in your baptism, and often since, and […]
March 20, 2019
A Signpost to Follow

Admiration Without Imitation

Christians throughout the world recently celebrated the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The pageantry included a calendar full of conferences and the proliferation of new books, articles, blog posts, t-shirts and other paraphernalia. The occasion generated significant enthusiasm, as Christian masses responded with amazement at the spiritual achievements of the 16th century. But did all this attention spark a fresh biblical reformation, one similar to the radical changes that engulfed the world five centuries ago? After all the fanfare, the lasting impact appears negligible. Admiration did not produce imitation. The testimony of faithful “worthies” from the past thrills the […]
February 20, 2019
Scripture Saturation

Scripture Saturation

Speed wins the blue ribbon for being the premier virtue of modernity. People will pay high premiums to accelerate the pace of life when using their cell phone, ordering their food, and traveling abroad. Fast is fashionable. The all-consuming lust for speed, however, caters to instant gratification and undermines weighty pursuits. It carries a hidden cost, a price tag that few would be willing to pay in many situations. And we know it. Who would urge a surgeon to cut corners during a critical surgery, or a spouse to abbreviate their words about a life-altering decision, or an engineer to […]
January 2, 2019
The Scottish Metrical Psalter

Singing God’s Songs

The Psalms pervade the annals of history. We learn from the written testimony of eye-witnesses that Psalm-singing exerted a powerful influence on the spread of the Reformation throughout France. The Huguenots memorized the Psalms and sang them with intensity all day long – in villages and vineyards across the country. A visitor could hear the Psalms in the mouths of children walking to school, workman ploughing their fields, families gathered around the hearth, as well as in casual gatherings and always in public worship. The Reformed armies sang them going into war. At a crucial point in battle, their captain […]