Articles from scottmaciver

  1. Serve Others

    This article originally appeared on my blog (Here). “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45) Service is not a uniquely Christian concept. The language of service is something engrained throughout society. Politicians are expected to serve their constituents, businesses serve their customers and teachers, social workers and many others spend their lives serving others. In some cases, great acts of valour are...
  2. Twenty-nine Years

    This article originally appeared on my blog (Here). “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord…their works follow them” (Revelation 14:13) David Brainerd (1718-1747) was an 18th century American missionary to the native American Indians of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Robert Murray M’Cheyne (1813-1843) was a 19th century Scottish minister in Dundee. These two men lived in different centuries, were born in different countries, ministered in differing circumstances and therefore, in...
  3. Holding The Rope

    This article originally appeared (Here). “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18) A slate engraving and a stone cairn were recently unveiled in Stornoway as the first in a series of events to commemorate the centenary of the Iolaire disaster (Here). Before being used by the navy in anti-submarine and patrol work, the Iolaire had been a luxury yacht prior to the First World War. It was 31 December 1918, the war was over, peace was...
  4. The Troubled Sea

    Originally appeared on my blog, Hebridean Outpost. “The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. There is no peace, says my God, for the wicked.” (Isaiah 57:20-21) The Isle of Lewis is steeped in history, heritage and distinctiveness. It may seem strange to those of us who have been born and brought up here, but a visit to the Outer Hebrides is considered a must by many would be travellers. Travel blogs and tourism websites speak...
  5. The Forerunner Of Glory

    Originally appeared on my blog, Hebridean Outpost. “…The Lord will give grace and glory…” (Psalm 84:11) In ancient days, when larger ships were unable to get close enough to shore to dock due to stormy conditions, the ship’s anchor would be placed in a small boat called a forerunner. The forerunner carried the anchor through the breakers and dropped it at the harbour securing the larger ship. When weather conditions would permit, the larger ship would slowly be drawn to shore through the...
  6. Why A Confession Of Faith?

    This article was posted on my blog at [URL="http://www.hebrideanoutpost.com"]www.hebrideanoutpost.com[/URL] “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (Hebrews 10:23) The Presbyterian Church in Scotland has long associated itself with a Confession of Faith as its subordinate standard, so much so that Scottish Presbyterianism and Confessionalism have gone hand in hand. The Scots Confession of 1560 (co-authored by John Knox) had been the accepted confession of faith of the Scottish Church up until the time of the...
  7. Doctrine

    "That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Ephesians 4:14) Many people today react negatively to the words, “theology” and “doctrine.” They are said to involve dry, irrelevant matters, which have no bearing on real life. If that were true, it would be quite understandable why we might want to steer clear and focus our attention elsewhere. Then, there are others who would not consider theology and doctrine to be irrelevant,...
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