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Trustees of the charity are:

Rev Professor Andrew McGowan 
Rev Richard Buckley
Rev Mike Goss
Rev Ian Murdo Macdonald
Mr Kenneth Mackenzie
Rev Mark Malcolm
Rev Ann McCool
Rev Hector Morrison
Rev Colin Strong

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In this blog we are publishing short articles on various topics, submitted by different people in our supporters' network. These will aim to inform us and encourage us to think more deeply about our faith. For further information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 3 (view here), Trueman explores the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16; and then focuses on the Indulgences Controversy that provided the spark that lit the fuse that led to the Reformation.

Luther’s Biography (Continued)

In the first part of this lecture Trueman continues to explore the changes that took place in Luther’s thinking as he preached his way through the book of Romans in the years 1515-16, in particular with regard to his question ‘Where can I find a gracious God?’ which we might translate as: ‘How can I get into a state of grace?’

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In Lecture 2 (view here) Trueman provides us with a biography of Luther up till the eve of the Indulgences Controversy which provided the spark that set the fires of Reformation burning;

Luther’s Biography

General Context

Unlike the other main Reformers (Calvin, Zwingli, Melanchthon, etc) who all belonged (culturally) to the early modern era, Luther was a medieval figure. He and Zwingli were born just weeks apart, yet there was a vast cultural gap between them.

Submitted by Rev Hector Morrison

In this year of the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, let me draw your attention to this new – and free - series of lectures recorded in January and made available through Carl Trueman and The Master’s Seminary. Throughout the coming months, when other commitments allow, I would hope to work my way through this course.

In the first lecture (viewable here) and before really getting into the detail of the Reformation, Carl introduces us to some basic issues regarding approaches to Church History itself.

Functions of Church History

Church History is not meant to provide us simply with a chronology of the events of church history; nor simply

2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Reformation; much will be written about the subject this year, events will be held, conferences will be attended. What about our own understanding of these events if we are not church historians, theologians or ministers?

When we talk about the reformation and renewal of the Church it challenges us to understand what has gone before as we seek to live out these ideas in today's Church and society. Over the weeks ahead we will publish occasional items seeking to bring insight.

Please explore these items and the resources they point to. We pray they will be helpful.

As society changes and becomes increasingly concerned about whether or not what people say is "offensive", it seems to be more difficult to speak out about our Christian faith without attracting criticism.

On 19th November, as part of their weekly "News Desk" Saturday morning programme, Trans World Radio UK hosted a discussion on "Freedom of Speech" and Eric Smith, Director of Covenant Fellowship Scotland, was one of the panellists.

Trans World Radio have kindly allowed us to make the particular item available here.

In a separate development, Evangelical Alliance and Lawyers Christian Fellowship have collaborated on producing "Speak Up" - a brief guide to the law and your gospel freedoms. Often, we are uncertain what we can or cannot say within the country's legal framework and this guide may help.

Download this file (TWR 19th November Freedom of Speech discussion.mp3)Freedom of Speech Discussion[Broadcast on Trans World Radio UK]9119 kB

‘The St Andrews Declaration on a Shared Humanity’ was signed recently by the Church of Scotland Moderator.

The wording of the declaration can be found here:

The University of St Andrews website states that this document, ‘written by St Andrews Professor of Divinity Mario Aguilar, incorporates the teachings of different faiths and embraces the basic principles of humanity, equality, diversity and freedom. Once signed, it is hoped that the document will be used in schools, and by community and faith groups around the world, to form discussion and foster the idea of a common humanity, as a tool against radicalisation’.

The document was signed at the end of September 2016 by leaders from various religions, including Christians, Jews, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists and followers of the Dalai Lama. Amongst the signatories was the present Moderator of the Church of Scotland, the Right Rev Dr Russell Barr.