Posts by James Fraser

I Do Not Judge Myself

The Jimmy Savile of Religions Christianity has a terrible reputation. In spite being the womb of Western values, Christianity is the Jimmy Savile of religions. Sigmund Freud famously blamed Christianity for the repression of the Western conscience, and a lot of pub wisdom would claim the same. Many a young mother in Scotland would saddle…

The Nearsightedness of Faith

Ponder this: for 1,000s of years people thought the stars were tiny dots in the sky. The sun was a fiery marble. The moon, a reflective dime. It’s not that people did not admire, even worship, the celestial lights, but even if they were majestic, they were small, smaller than the trees, the hills, and…

Why Churches Don’t Produce Disciple-Makers

Who Cares about the Bullseye! The mission of the church is as obvious as the rising sun – go and make disciples. The method of Jesus is no more ambiguous – gather followers and teach them, share life with them, and enable them to be disciple-makers. Yet somehow in the busyness of constructing buildings, arranging…

How to Build a Life of Permanent Value

Christian beware: you can waste your life. Paul is unequivocal about this (I Cor. 3:13-15). He warns that the life choices of some Christians amount to the long-term worth of a pile of sticks thrown on the fire. But the reverse side of the warning is an encouragement. If Christians can waste their lives, so…

5 Ways to Be Missional in the Rural Highlands

The Highland church needs Christians who are willing to forge a missional lifestyle. What is a missional lifestyle? Here is a simple definition: a lifestyle that is purposefully shaped by the desire to make Jesus present to non-believers. Missional Christians are Christians who see the raw material of life – jobs, communities, hobbies, families –…