Posts related to David Dickson

Dickson (c.1583–1663) was a professor of theology whose writings are both plain and concise. He wrote commentaries on many different books of Scripture. Dickson was a helpful counsellor to many in their spiritual difficulties. The Stewarton revival took place during his ministry in Irvine. Many from the parishes around attended his weekly exposition of the Scriptures. There were multitudes of converts during this time. He opposed the unbiblical worship and church government foisted on the Church in Scotland. As a consequence, he sentenced to exile in Turriff for several years.

He refused allegiance to Charles II’s claimed supremacy over the Church. This cost him his post, but his final days were drawing near. On his deathbed he said “I have taken all my good deeds, and all my bad deeds, and have cast them together in a heap before the Lord, and have fled from both to Jesus Christ, and in Him I have sweet peace”.

Jun 30

Do We Love Jesus But Not the Church?

The slogan “I love Jesus but not the Church” has been repeated so often it’s now a category in major surveys. It’s now supposed to cover about 10% of people in the USA. This individualistic consumerist mindset may have eroded the thinking of more than …

Jun 23

Have We Become Tourists Rather than Pilgrims?

Not all journeys are the same. Tourists are focussed on their surroundings; pilgrims are fixed on their destination. Tourists want to capture as much as possible of what they see; pilgrims mark their progress towards an unseen destination. How do we re …

Jun 9

All Things to All Men: What Does it Really Mean?

How much should churches change their message and methods to suit the culture around them? Some believe that whatever methods will connect with people are justified. The gospel must be “contextualised” they say. This means that we must adapt everything …

May 19

The Soul of Christ’s Sufferings

Crucifixion is perhaps the most violent, humiliating and painful method of execution ever devised. The very word that we use for acute pain (excruciating) comes from crucifying. Yet we must never forget that the deepest sufferings were infinitely great …

May 18

The Superabundant Mercy of God

“Our mind can not find a comparison too large for expressing the superabundant mercy of the Lord toward his people” – David Dickson