• James Guthrie, the Scottish martyr hanged for the Gospel’s sake in 1661, was known as ‘Sickerfoot’ (Sure of Foot). He was once asked by a friend, “Will ye nae jouk (duck) a wee bit”. To this Guthrie replied, “There is nae jouking in the cause of Christ!” He had the Spirit of Christ in him as had Stephen centuries earlier. […]

  • The charge against Stephen was that he had insisted that there was to be Divinely authorised change – “that this Jesus of Nazareth shall destroy this place, and shall change the customs which Moses delivered us” (6:14). Stephen’s defence, far from being an incoherent ramble as some liberals claim, is a superb summary and application of Old Testament church history […]

  • “And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him” (v.9). If you are a churchgoer, why do you go and why do you do what you do when there? If we are true believers, who are redeemed by Christ’s blood, surely we will go not just because we have always done so, but because […]