Gabriel Semple’s Prison Prayer – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH077

Gabriel Semple’s Prison Prayer – Canongate Tolbooth – SFH077

The field preacher Gabriel Semple was incarcerated in the Canongate Tolbooth in 1681. But it was only a brief interlude in a long history of preaching despite persecution. We find out how his experience here fits into the rest of that eventful life of being hunted down with a large price on his head. “What does it matter” he once asked, “how long we suffer in the furnace if [it is] with the company of the Son of God?”

                 

 

Conscience, Obedience and an Unwanted Government – Dalkeith Palace – SFH076

Conscience, Obedience and an Unwanted Government – Dalkeith Palace – SFH076

Politics and government often present complex realities. How do you face a turbulent political situation and an unwanted regime with conscience and principle? We visit the Scottish headquarters of Oliver Cromwell’s regime to consider how Covenanters decided to respond to it. There was much soul searching about the appropriate conscientious obedience they could offer. Was it right to submit to an invading power? Could they preserve principles intact while being peaceable citizens who respected authority? Discover some of their answers in this debate about authority, power and obedience.

This episode made use of historical research by Calum Summerill Wright, Scott Spurlock and John Coffey. 

 

Shot Dead at an “Illegal” Service – James Davie of Bathgate – SFH075

Shot Dead at an “Illegal” Service – James Davie of Bathgate – SFH075

The grave of a Covenanter can be found at the ruined Old Parish Church in Bathgate. We know very little about James Davie except that he lost his life for the sake of hearing the gospel preached. Let’s discover what we do know about the circumstances surrounding his death and reflect on what we can learn.

Credit: Photograph of grave by Bob Nevada and of Old Parish Church by Semiaza. 

Home in Exile – Ramsay of Arniston Mains – SFH074

Home in Exile – Ramsay of Arniston Mains – SFH074

The charming story of a Covenanter forced into exile from Midlothian. He moves right into the heart of Covenanting territory where there are frequent conventicles and Covenanters are ferociously hunted down. So he finds a home in exile very like his own and lives in comparative freedom from trouble while steadfast to his principles.

Image: Holy Linn Waterfall near Barscobe, During Flood Conditions cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Duncan McNaught – geograph.org.uk/p/1134531. This was a site for conventicles in the place where Ramsay of Arniston Mains settled.

Covenant or Career? The Choices and Principles of Sir James Dundas of Arniston – SFH073

Covenant or Career? The Choices and Principles of Sir James Dundas of Arniston – SFH073

Join us at the stunning mansion house of Arniston, Midlothian to discover a lesser known principled landowning Covenanter called Sir James Dundas, first Lord of Arniston. His direct descendant Althea Dundas-Bekker invites us to her home to tell us about his life, significance and a forgotten manuscript. As we sit in the part of the house in which Sir James lived, we find out how he faced the choice of whether to sacrifice his conscience or career.

If you would like a guided tour of Arniston House from Althea during May to September go to www.arnistonhouse.com to book. You can also arrange private group tours on request.

What David Dickson’s Forgotten Sermons Can Still Teach Us – SFH072

What David Dickson’s Forgotten Sermons Can Still Teach Us – SFH072

David Dickson’s sermons on the book of Lamentations, preached in the year 1628 have been forgotten. They were never ever published. But they have now come to light and contain some very relevant teaching for us in our current context. The published volume can be purchased here.