Sabbath Observance

Lewis islanders strike back over Star Wars Sunday cinema

Lewis islanders strike back over Star Wars Sunday cinema

When the curtain goes up on a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on the Isle of Lewis this month the sound of intergalactic conflict is likely to be drowned out by an unholy row*. On a Hebridean island notorious for its stern-faced Sabbatarianism*, the latest instalment of the Star Wars’ franchise is to […]

Rev Angus Smith

BBC documentary: Does the Sabbath still exist on the isle of Lewis?

The isle of Lewis in the outer Hebrides is said to be the last place in Britain where the fourth commandment – Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy – is still strictly observed. But how has modern life changed attitudes to the Lord’s Day on this island of 20,000 people? They used to […]

Rev Greg MacDonald

No hope for jobless teens in Western Isles

Stornoway looks like an idyllic yesteryear where tourists feel they’ve taken a step back in time. The God-fearing island comes to a standstill on a Sunday with shops, pubs and cafés all closed. But behind the old-fashioned facade, the town struggles with the same issues of underage drinking, drugs and anti-social behaviour which plague the […]

Free Presbyterian Church in Glasgow

Free Presbyterian Church and cyclists on collision course over Glasgow race

More than 150 worshippers at the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, near Charing Cross, may have to fight through hundreds of world class riders taking part in the British Cycling National Road Race as they attempt to attend the morning service on Sunday June 23. The church, in Woodlands Road, is in the middle of […]

Councillor Maxine Smith

Dingwall pubs denied early opening on Sunday match days

Requests from three pubs to be allowed to serve drinks ahead of two Sunday football matches being played in Dingwall have been declined. Dingwall British Legion, The County Tavern and The Mallard wanted to open at 11:00 when Ross County FC plays Celtic and Inverness Caley Thistle. Highland licensing convener Maxine Smith refused permission under […]

Boycott calls as Richard Dawkins heads for Christian stronghold

Christians are calling on residents of a Scottish community to boycott a talk by controversial author and atheist Richard Dawkins. Professor Dawkins, whose book The God Delusion is a best-seller, is due to headline the faith-themed Faclan Hebridean Book Festival in the Outer Hebrides – the heartland of the Free Church. Campaign group the Lord’s […]

Chariots of Fire runner Eric Liddell's daughter hits out at modern 'greed'

Olympics icon Eric Liddell’s daughter yesterday hit out at sport’s “greed” culture after corruption claims at the London Games. Patricia Liddell Russell spoke out after allegations foreign officials were selling on thousands of tickets. Patricia’s strict Christian father won 400m gold and 200m bronze at the 1924 Paris Games – but refused to run in […]

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