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Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
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Rev Ann McCool
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A Guest Blog at the start of 2018 from Rev. Dr. Bryson Arthur

As someone who has been teaching theology for the past twenty years in different cultures: East Africa, Israel, Jordan and now South Africa, I look at the present Western social development with a mixture of bemusement and sadness. Scientists and politicians are the ruling bodies and between them appear to have no sense of danger with respect to the rapid moral slide of what is termed secularism. Governments, apparently acting on behalf of, and in respect of, the secularists are slowly but surely arising as the unsuspected enemy and persecutor of Evangelical Christians; whom, it appears, they will not tolerate.

Major social changes concerning the very definition of what constitutes a human being itself, such as the redefinition of marriage and gender are championed by politicians, who many people believe don’t ever tell the truth. Theologians, philosophers and Church leaders are bypassed, in the rush to install the latest wave of postmodern devaluation of previously solid historical traditions. The Bible, long set aside by progressive enlightened, intellectuals and emotionally mature and free Western societies, (including some liberal churches) as the fount of truth and ethics, is now to be considered as an ancient mythical document to be discarded by the Church as a matter of obedience to the most recent laws of the state.  In the UK there have been court cases, and still are, which seek to prosecute Christians whose conscience will not allow them to disobey a normally accepted interpretation of Biblical teaching.  

LevinsonDaniel J Levinson describes ‘Eras in the Male Lifecycle’ with the illustration seen here.

This writer is in the ‘Late Adulthood’ phase and feeling thankful and looking forward...

Our generation has seen a massive change in life expectancy. 50 to 100 years ago, a typical male could hope for a couple of years of life after retiring before going to meet his Maker. Today a further 15/20 years is not unusual, and for most of the earlier part of that he will have significant energy and some wisdom hopefully accumulated, so should have much to look forward to. Indeed, the expectation is that in the next 20 years the numbers of over 85’s will DOUBLE, across the UK. No wonder pensions liabilities, originally designed to be paid out for 2-5 years, result in large pension deficits, as we all expect to draw for longer, and we did not save appropriately in our younger years for our old (and longer) age. Perhaps because our parents expected retiral at 65, we can be in danger of having the same expectation.

Faith in Later Life, is a new movement widely supported by church groups across the UK, and launched in the House of Lords on Tuesday 10 October at an event hosted by Lord MacKay of Clashfern that speaks to the potential growing usefulness of the ‘retirees’ in the gospel mission, and makes available resources for the church in the UK.

At all stages of life, this writer has had to be clear on what God’s calling was on his life.

A Guest Blog from Rev Andrew Barrie

I’ve been asked by Covenant Fellowship Scotland to give some reflections during a time of change. I’m currently in the process of moving from being the minister of Inverness Kinmylies Church to Wick Pulteneytown and Thrumster Church.

In terms of our lives, this means quite an upheaval for Susan and me. We don’t really know anyone in Caithness and really have little experience of the area. It means leaving Inverness which is a place that we love, with people and a church we love. It means losing many of the familiarities of life.

A Guest Blog from Rev Prof A T B McGowan

October 2017 marked a very important anniversary. On 31st October 1517, Martin Luther posted his Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the Wittenberg Castle Church. On the same day, he sent them to the Archbishop of Mainz. This is normally regarded as the beginning of the Reformation and the 31st October is marked by many churches all over the world as ‘Reformation Day’. The Ninety-Five Theses consisted of a series of statements questioning some of the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. It sounds very dramatic to nail his theses to the door of the church, but this would not have been regarded as unusual at the time. Luther was a monk and a Professor of Bible in the University of Wittenberg. Before the days of academic journals, posting theses in this way was intended to open up a debate and a wider discussion of the matters under consideration.

Hector Morrison, one of the Trustees of Covenant Fellowship Scotland, has prepared a short 6-minute video reflecting on prayer, drawing inspiration from verses in Habakkuk. This is especially worth a watch as we consider the Church of Scotland's Call to Prayer.

Cover of "Transgender" by Vaughan RobertsThis final web post in looking at this much-talked-about subject covers the last chapter of the book "Transgender" by Vaughan Roberts, published by thegoodbook company, ISBN 978-1-78498-195-2 which can be obtained from your local Christian bookshop or by going to the website. The cost is just less than £3. We hope you have found these summaries to be helpful.

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In this final chapter Roberts gives us some wise pointers as we try to apply the Bible’s teaching to the complex issues of life.

For anyone, the advice is not to struggle alone ‘and especially don’t let shame keep it a lonely battle.’ For Christians, the added advice is ‘not to allow our old desires to define our identity and dictate our behaviour. Rather, we must allow Jesus Christ by his Spirit to give us our identity as sons and daughters of God.’ None of this will happen without significant personal effort, careful thought and persistent prayer.

Roberts hopes that church families will follow the example of Jesus and exhibit his love not least in ‘a warm, non-judging welcome to everyone.’ Also, with regard to engaging with Christians struggling with gender dysphoria his wise counsel is not to expect instant Christian maturity. ‘Change will certainly not happen overnight, so we need to be patient in caring for one another and instructing one another.’ Ongoing support and encouragement are required as we seek together the likeness of Christ.