“Such a wife, such a friend, such a counsellor” – Janet Carstairs – SFH095

“Such a wife, such a friend, such a counsellor” – Janet Carstairs – SFH095

What was it like to be married to a persecuted minister? Did the trials put a strain on relationships? We find out first hand from the letters that passed between Janet and John Carstairs (sometimes Carstares) while he was being pursued by the authorities. She would be imprisoned briefly herself for attending a conventicle. Her loving yet courageous words to him are especially moving.

“O what a glory appears here!” – John Carstairs’ Revival Experiences – SFH094

“O what a glory appears here!” – John Carstairs’ Revival Experiences – SFH094

Revival came on two different occasions in the 1650s in the same area by the same preacher. Samuel Rutherford said that John Carstairs had “much of heaven in his bosom”. We find out more about the prayers and preaching of the man who experienced remarkable revival in Cadder and Kirkintilloch.

Cover Image: Cadder: Parish Church cc-by-sa/2.0 – © Martyn Gorman
Below Image of Kirkintilloch Auld Kirk cc-by-sa/4.0 © Roger Griffith

 

 

“A friend to Reformation” – Archibald Campbell – SFH093

“A friend to Reformation” – Archibald Campbell – SFH093

Archibald Campbell’s portrait seems stern and forbidding at first glance, but there is an unfortunate reason for that. And as we discover more of the life and words of the Marquis of Argyle it is clear that it would be a big mistake to judge him by his appearance. He was a friend to reformation in life and death.

“Much melting of heart” a Covenanting Communion service – Ormiston Old Kirk – SFH091

“Much melting of heart” a Covenanting Communion service – Ormiston Old Kirk – SFH091

A very small glimpse of some ordinary spiritual experiences during a time of widespread revival. If you have wondered what Covenanting communion services were like, including their impact, listen to this episode. Andrew Hay records experiences in the place where Knox and Wishart once preached.

N.B. Please note that the ruin is on private land in a domestic garden without public access. Photographs are here.

“To sink or swim together” – Henderson and British Church Unity – SFH090

“To sink or swim together” – Henderson and British Church Unity – SFH090

In the various twists and turns of unfolding events, Alexander Henderson is greatly favoured then scorned by the king within months. But as incidents erupt, negotiations fail and positions harden the destinies of some in England and Scotland begin to move together. For some this is a highly spiritual matter and a reformation movement. Find out more of the eventful journey towards the Solemn, League and Covenant in this episode.