Hearts Intertwined in Faith and Suffering: John Fraser and Jean Moffat – Glencorse Old Kirk – SFH70

Hearts Intertwined in Faith and Suffering: John Fraser and Jean Moffat – Glencorse Old Kirk – SFH70

We continue to follow John Fraser and Jean Moffat’s journey to Glencorse Old Kirk. Surviving a woeful Atlantic voyage, they find liberty and marriage in New England. But their haven of rest in Glencorse will be shortlived. Find out why. The intertwined hearts in the window in Glencorse Old Kirk is an appropriate motif for their experience.

Please note that Glencorse Old Kirk is privately owned by Glencorse House and any visits must be prior arrangement with them. Grateful thanks to them for the opportunity to visit and their very kind assistance.

The Most Delightful Place on Earth? – Glencorse Old Kirk and John Fraser and Jean Moffat’s Journey There – SFH69

The Most Delightful Place on Earth? – Glencorse Old Kirk and John Fraser and Jean Moffat’s Journey There – SFH69

The tranquil setting of Glencorse Old Kirk has enchanted many and is a popular wedding location. John Fraser and Jean Moffat settled nearby but their journey there from the Highlands and the Borders was one of intense suffering. Only in their twenties, their troubled experiences are uncovered in this episode. 

Please note that Glencorse Old Kirk is privately owned by Glencorse House and any visits must be prior arrangement with them. Grateful thanks to them for the opportunity to visit and their very kind assistance.

The Eventful Life of William Traill of Borthwick, Donegal and Maryland – SFH068

The Eventful Life of William Traill of Borthwick, Donegal and Maryland – SFH068

William Traill started out as a chaplain near Borthwick, Midlothian but after many years in Donegal and Maryland he returned to minister here. His brother Robert Traill addressed his book Justification Vindicated to him here. We discover how he influenced Francis Makemie to establish some of the earliest churches for the Scots-Irish communities.  Find out also how he was helped in his work at Borthwick by some mysterious knocks.

Patrick Anderson’s Illegal City Meetings – Potterrow, Edinburgh – SFH067

Patrick Anderson’s Illegal City Meetings – Potterrow, Edinburgh – SFH067

A lot was going on in Edinburgh during the time that all meetings outside the parish churches were made illegal. People were gathering for worship in houses every day, right under the noses of the authorities. This is why the story of a not especially well known minister and the street in which he lived on the edge of the Old Town has more to it than meets the eye.

 

Rutherford’s Powerful Case Against Slavery – SFH066

Rutherford’s Powerful Case Against Slavery – SFH066

Not everyone in Scotland’s history kept silent about the evil of slavery. Samuel Rutherford made a very powerful case against slavery in his classic book Lex, Rex which was published in 1645. Listen to find out how his resistance to slavery was crucial to his whole understanding of civil freedom. You may wish to listen to episode 63 “Royal statues, Slavery and Persecution” in addition to understand how appallingly easily slavery reconciled with Stuart Absolutism.

 

What James Guthrie Still Says to Us – SFH065

What James Guthrie Still Says to Us – SFH065

Some of James Guthrie’s last words are well known, others not so much. We look at the abiding relevance of some of what he said on the edge of eternity. It was a message of both hope and warning that we still need to hear today. If you want to know more about James Guthrie take a look at this video or listen to this podcast episode.