Explaining the International Covenant – SFH101

Explaining the International Covenant – SFH101

What exactly was the Solemn League and Covenant all about? Many people were asking this at the time of course. And some tried to help them with published explanations. In this episode we get an overview of the International Covenant and how it was applied by a leading member of the Westminster Assembly – Edmund Calamy.

 

“Honest Mr William Erskine” – Tron Church, Edinburgh – SFH100

“Honest Mr William Erskine” – Tron Church, Edinburgh – SFH100

Imprisoned (as he put it himself) “merely for preaching the Gospel, as he had received power from Christ”, William Erskine would certainly preach again to the benefit of many. His cousins Ralph and Ebenezer are better known but the little we can learn about “honest Mr William Erskine” gives evidence of a resolute Covenanter. We visit the building where he preached: Tron Church, Edinburgh, sadly no longer used as a church.

“So great an engagement, than which nothing is higher”: The International Covenant in England – SFH099

“So great an engagement, than which nothing is higher”: The International Covenant in England – SFH099

The International Covenant was enthusiastically welcomed and subscribed to in England as well as Scotland. The momentous day it was sworn first, 25 September 1643 was said to be “a day of contentment and joy.” Some said, “we judged the day of entering into this Covenant to be England’s coronation-day, as it was the day of the gladness of our hearts.” We find out more about the depth of commitment displayed at this time and the strong connections it brought between Scotland and England.

“Smoking Desires for Union” – The International Covenant at St Giles – SFH098

“Smoking Desires for Union” – The International Covenant at St Giles – SFH098

Intense emotion surrounded the beginnings of the movement that brought about the Solemn, League and Covenant. It was an international covenant that embraced the political, religious and personal of these nations – a very unique thing. In this episode, we find out how it was first drafted and received in Edinburgh.

“A Man of Many Meditations” – John Carstairs – SFH097

“A Man of Many Meditations” – John Carstairs – SFH097

We conclude the life of John Carstairs (or Carstares), this remarkable story is not often told. He was not just a man of prayer but also “a man of many meditations”. Also “of great and rare piety; he was full of love; he dwelt, walked, and lived in that fire of love”. We find out how his prayers and meditations could melt the hearts of even the greatest enemies of the Covenanters.

Escaping from Prison – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH096

Escaping from Prison – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH096

Many Covenanter prisoners were kept in the fearful conditions of the Canongate Tolbooth. Anyone would want to escape, and more than a few Covenanter prisoners actually managed to gain their freedom. We find out more about that in this episode but also look at those who exited the prison still under punishment. Episode 77 covered Gabriel Semple and his time here in 1681.