James Fergusson was minister of Kilwinning. He was the author of very highly regarded commentaries on Scripture. C H Spurgeon described them as those of “a grand, gracious, savoury divine”.
Fergusson had many fears concerning his own state at his death. Alexander Nisbet urged him to depend upon God’s promises. Fergusson began to say “Into thy hand I commit my spirit” and stopped without going further. Nisbet said, “Say on, brother!” “Oh, may I say, for thou hast redeemed me?”, Fergusson replied. “It’s a great matter for me to say it”.
A staunch presbyterian, he preached faithfully against government domination of the Church. He wrote in defence of presbyterian principles and the spiritual independence of the Church’s government from civil government.
It can be hard to maintain a thankful spirit in the midst of discouragements and difficulties. Yet we are not only called to this but given what we need to help us.
How do we respond to a culture hostile to Christian values? How can we still be salt and light in our everyday lives? What hope can encourage us in such times?
Everyone is thinking about what life will look like after being in lockdown for so many months. It’s a rare opportunity to reset our lives and priorities. Here is a spiritual perspective on what your “new normal” ought to look like.
There are many strongly held opinions swirling around that people are ready to accept with little enquiry. Theories about many things abound. There is good and bad teaching. We need to know how to weigh it all carefully so that we choose what is good and reject what is dangerous. Here is some wisdom in exercising the much needed grace of discernment.
Sharing our faith with our children involves more than we might think. It involves not just what we say but how we say it within the whole context of raising a child.
The Bible verse most engaged with 2019 has a lot to teach us in relation to our worries. But do we know how to get the most out of its spiritual wisdom and apply it to our lives?
What does it mean to learn Christ? Are we learning Christ in the right way? James Fergusson explains more about this spiritual priority.
Existential crisis is the best word to describe the angst and confusion of contemporary culture. But why and how have we arrived at such a level of confusion and anxiety?
Covetousness rebranded itself. Consumerism has become a world view where choice and freedom are the absolutes. Some wisdom from James Fergusson exposes the idolatry.
Politics makes for a poor functional saviour. James Fergusson gets to the heart of the war on sin.
Empathy seems to be in serious decline today. James Fergusson shows how the apostle Paul highlights the need for true empathy.
Technology has had a negative effect on both the quality and quantity of face-to-face communication. But it’s more than a social problem, because the Bible gives considerable emphasis to face-to-face communication.
Can someone disclaim responsibility for their desires to sin? What if they don’t act on the desire? These are questions that are currently under intense debate. They need clear answers from the Bible.
The Ascension of Christ has everything to do with the current status and needs of God’s people. Everything we need is secured by Christ being in heaven interceding for us. Explore this neglected subject with James Fergusson.
It’s an age of anger. It’s easy to follow suit and give vent to our frustrations too. But how much of this is actually righteous anger? And how can we resist sinful anger? James Fergusson gives biblical counsel.
Encouragement to make best use of the times in which we live for the maximum glory of God. It needs wisdom and discernment to identify what we are called to do and how we are to serve God not just with our lives but also in this particular time of our lives.
What we focus our minds on matters a great deal not just physically, but spiritually and morally. Only what is true and right will lead to spiritual wellbeing. What sort of things should we think about?
“Do as I say, not as I do!” Not a good enough maxim for Christians parents, says James Fergusson.
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