Aspects of the Religious History of Lewis

Aspects of the Religious History of Lewis has long been out of print, with copies occasionally found on the second-hand market. It was written by Rev Murdo Macaulay, Free Church Minister in Back, after his retirement in 1975. The book gives an account of the history of the Christian faith on the Isle of Lewis from earliest times up to 1843, an Island that has experienced much by the way of Gospel blessings over many years.

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Before the Mountains

“Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.  Before the mountains were brought forth,  Or ever You had formed the earth and the world,  Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” (Psalm 90:1-2)

The Clisham is the highest mountain in the Outer Hebrides at 799 metres (2,621 ft). If you climb it in favourable conditions, the views from the summit are spectacular.

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Why a Confession of Faith?

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering” (Hebrews 10:23)

The Presbyterian Church in Scotland has long associated itself with a Confession of Faith as its subordinate standard, so much so that Scottish Presbyterianism and Confessionalism have gone hand in hand. The Scots Confession of 1560 (co-authored by John Knox) had been the accepted confession of faith of the Scottish Church up until the time of the famous Westminster Assembly, from which the Westminster Confession of Faith we know today was published in 1646.

That said, it is entirely legitimate to ask the question, “Should we have a confession of faith?” The fact that, historically speaking, we have always had a confession of faith isn’t sufficient in and of itself to answer that question.

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A House for your Soul

 “What must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:30)

“We dwell in Him…” (1 John 4:13)

Images of the recent fire, which tragically consumed a 24 storey block of flats in West London, have shocked the nation. The massive inferno broke out at the Grenfell Tower block in the early hours of 14 June, causing many fatalities.

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The Nicolson Institute: Myth & Reality

Stornoway Historical Society is an organisation, formed in 1992, who seek to advance the education of the public about the history, heritage and culture of both Stornoway and the wider Island.

Last year, I came across one of their lectures online, which was fascinating viewing. I was never interested in history in school, not that I was interested in much else, but on the back of the lecture, I decided it was about time I made my debut at one of their meetings.

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Great British Buildings: Restoration of the Year

In a mission to find the ‘restoration of the year,’ Channel 4 has been screening a short series looking at the most incredible restorations of historic buildings across the UK. They have divided the series into 4 categories, including 20th Century, Victorian, Georgian and early. At the end of each episode, the judges, from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), shortlist the winners from each category for the ultimate restoration of the year.

One of the nominees in the Victorian section was our own Lews Castle. Episode 2 of Great British Buildings: ROTY can be found on All 4 Here.

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Doctrine

That we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine…” (Ephesians 4:14)

Many people today react negatively to the words, “theology” and “doctrine.” They are said to involve dry, irrelevant matters, which have no bearing on real life. If that were true, it would be quite understandable why we might want to steer clear and focus our attention elsewhere. Then, there are others who would not consider theology and doctrine to be irrelevant, rather something only for the ministers, theologians and elders. It is not something for the laity, the ordinary man or woman in the pew.

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