The truth and “the whole truth”

Last week, the former First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond drew attention to "the whole truth" in the oath normally administered in sworn testimony. The Committee on the Scottish Government Handling of Harassment Complaints (Committee of Inquiry) had invited him to speak to the Inquiry as he had been the victim of a miscarriage of …

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The being and character of God

"I am that I am."The God of the Bible: Exodus 3:14 Secularism Secularists do not believe in God. Neither do Christians believe in the multitudes of false gods that are worshipped around the world. Such gods are an embarrassment to the pious as well as to the rational mind, but their existence is enough to …

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My two Inverness landladies

One of my Inverness chapters came to an end this afternoon. I stood by the open grave of Isabel Margaret Grant (1927-2018), the first of my two landladies when I was a student for the Christian ministry during two years 1980-1982 in Inverness. On the gravestone were the names of her parents. Below these was …

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Discerning the Lord’s body

1Cor 11:29 v29: "not discerning the Lord's body": the usual Protestant interpretation applies this to failing to discern the Lord’s body in the bread and wine of the Lord's Supper, which is a spiritual activity. It is contrasted with the Roman Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation so that  the Westminster Shorter Catechism Question 96 What is …

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Lying to the Holy Ghost

There is a difference between the sin against the Holy Ghost and lying to the Holy Ghost. The former has no forgiveness Mat 12:31, but the latter is also very serious. Peter mentions it in Acts 5:3,9 and solemn consequences followed. When ministers take ordination vows they are making promises to the Lord as well …

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Contained in the Scriptures

Following the 18th-century sceptical attacks on the Bible by Scottish Enlightenment figures claiming that it was not the Word of God, and the 19th-century higher critical attacks upon biblical inspiration by unbelieving scholars, during the past one hundred years the opinion has grown up that the Word of God is found in the Scriptures of …

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