Welcome to my website in which I share my thoughts, sermons,
hymns, publications, articles and letters to the press over the
years. I hope this may become a form of witness to the nature of
Christianity and to the personal reality of Jesus Christ and a
ministry to quietly seeking spiritual souls. The content of my
Christian calling is a contradiction to contemporary atheism, to two
hundred years of western academic theological scepticism and to
current liberal social and cultural values.
I retired in April 2017 as Minister of Blackburn and Seafield Church
in West Lothian after 19 years there. Before that I was Development
Officer at Carberry Tower in East Lothian. From 1989 to 1994 I was
Chaplain to Edinburgh University. I had gone there from being
Minister at Overtown in Lanarkshire. Between 1980 and 1986 I was a
tutor in theology at St Paul’s College, Limuru, Kenya, where I was
Dean of Studies twice and Head of Theology and Philosophy. I
graduated MA BD (1st Class Honours), and was Cleland and Rae Wilson
Gold Medallist at Glasgow University. I also graduated D Phil at
Oxford (Hertford College) in 1978.
I was born and brought up in Kilwinning, Ayrshire. I
was called to the ministry in 1966 at the age of 19. I have detailed
my spiritual journey and indeed spiritual travails up to 1996 in
Intimations Of Love Divine (Leaping Salmon, 1996). I also published
Stop The World, I Want To Think (1998), Who Cares Wins (2001),
Changes in Spiritual Freedom in the Church of Scotland 1980 to 2005
(2005), The Church of Scotland Ministry Disciplinary Proceedings,
the New Testament, Natural Justice and Human Rights (2011) and a
collection of Hymns Grains of Gold (2012) and its 2nd edition
(2015). I participated in BBC Radio Scotland Sunday morning
discussion programmes in the late eighties, nineties and early noughties..
Over the years I published articles in the Church of Scotland magazine Life & Work and in
various newspapers and I continue to write letters to The Scotsman
and The Herald and The Times on Christian issues.
If you want to take a look at my PHD thesis, it can be downloaded here:
Doctor Of Philosophy Thesis, Oxford, 1978
John McLeod Campbell: The Problem Of Authority In Religion
Click here to download.