A Covenanting minister who graduated from Edinburgh University in 1643. He was a modest man but a gifted expositor of Scripture, with particular skill in Hebrew. He was ordained to the Second Charge of Irvine, Ayrshire around 1646. He moved to the First Charge in 1650 and was ejected in 1662.
He died on 11 March 1669, aged 46. The last years of his life were spent in completing the exposition of Ecclesiastes. He used it to reflect deeply on the experiences of his own life and times. It helped him to consider the things of this life in view of eternity. He also wrote A Brief Exposition of the First and Second Epistles General of Peter in 1658
Is spiritual abuse a helpful category? Spiritual harm in Church life is certainly real. But prevention is better than cure. The means of preventing it are in the very words that Scripture uses to exhort ministers and elders.
Everyone is pursuing fulfilment but what does that mean? James Fergusson identifies the necessary aspects of a fulfilling life as defined by God.
There is something that should be worn by every Christian. It identifies them. We’re not talking about fashions and uniforms–the garment is humility. Are you wearing it?
Some people assume that Christians are not meant to enjoy earthly things. But, while we must not be earthly minded, that’s not a biblical principle. How do we get a spiritual perspective on the things of this life?
The Bible directs us to look to and depend on God whenever we suffer wrong or injustice. He is the judge of all the earth. How does the Bible give practical help for specific situations of injustice?
Many are plagued by the anxiety that they are missing out on a better life altogether and they grudge others having it. Envy is at the heart of the fear of missing out and we need to deal with it.
It’s not just man-made products, all material creation is wearing out and passing away: including us. The more that we are conscious of this change and decay, the more we value the things that will never deteriorate or end.
Sleeplessness is something of a modern epidemic. The Bible says much about sleep; it is a gift from God. The need for sleep is not just a divine reminder of our frailty. It also points us away from seeking true rest in this world.
Spiritual information overload leaves us with inertia, indigestion, frustration and confusion. Alexander Nisbet gives us wise counsel on how to avoid it.
Scripture understands our fears about personal witnessing and meets these with valuable counsel. Alexander Nisbet shows us how.
Faith brings Christ near and His presence floods the dark room of sorrow with the light of joy. This is a remarkable joy, even in the midst of trials, its nature and extent cannot be fully expressed.
We live in a culture that wants to keep us in a state of perpetual adolescence–impulsive and self-obsessed. The Bible challenges these deceits and Alexander Nisbet shows us how.
Every generation has its anxieties, but we have taken it to a new epidemic level. The Bible has much to say about this that is vital for how we live our lives in an age of anxiety.
Going into Church easily can be a matter of routine, but it shouldn’t be. The Bible tells us that we need to exercise great care in meeting with God in public worship. Read more to find out how.
The future is certain because God has planned it. This gives hope and comfort as well as wisdom about how to respond to God’s Providence.
Consumerism falsely promises that tangible material objects will guarantee spiritual realities and meaning. This will never satisfy. Let’s refocus on what will.
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