“It Is Good To Be Back Home After Ten Weeks Overseas”: The Spring 2023 Haddington House Newsletter Is Now Available

“We started with being involved at Campbeltown Free Church in the Kintyre Peninsula of Scotland…

Then it was on to Dumisani Theological Institute & Bible School in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa (see the attached short article on this). The Lord blessed us with many excellent meetings while in South Africa and opportunities for service.

It is now exciting to be at the stage of preparing for the release (and distribution across Africa for Bible colleges) of volume one of the mission survey work. A brief report and details of a sponsorship program which we have now developed with the publisher are included in this newsletter…

Read the Spring 2023 Newsletter here.

The Winter 2023 Haddington House Newsletter Is Now Available

In this issue, you will read about some endeavours in the recent past. Once again, each is a testimony to God’s grace. Yet 2023 is now at hand, and it is time to look forward, time to remind ourselves to press on for the advancement of the Lord’s Kingdom and our eternal calling in Christ Jesus. — Dr. Jack Whytock

Philippians 3:1314 “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

The Whytocks are on their way to Scotland and Africa. Read all about it, along with important updates on the textbook project and 2022 events here.

U.K. Research Report: Research Going Well and Meeting with Writers

Update from Dr. Jack Whytock:

So far three libraries/archives have been used with two more to go on this leg of research. One library was the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide (CCCW). Two engaging opportunities to meet up with writers in the Africa Textbook Project here in the UK. Paper nearing completion for Wheaton Conference and also for the chapter for volume one.

Off for archival work next at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies) and The British Library. — Jack Whytock.

Forgiveness & The Evidence Of Grace – Preaching From Matthew 18:21-35

The August 28th, 2022 evening service of the United Reformed Church of Prince Edward Island, Canada. Dr. Jack Whytock preaching. Hymn singing from the Trinity Psalter Hymnal. Scripture reading from the ESV English Standard Version.

Start of service

The Apostles Creed

Scripture Reading

Catechism Lord’s Day 51 Q126

Prayer before the Sermon “Grant us edification, direction, and clarification”.

The Sermon… The Basis of our forgiveness; the Evidence of being forgiven; the Issue of the heart.

Forgiveness —

  1. Forgiveness is all of God’s free sovereign grace. Not a work, a purchase, an attitude.
  2. It is not a merit in ourselves. Psalm 51. Our sins are against God and we cannot make satisfaction for them. Christ must bear our sins. It is by his merit, not ours; we must place our faith in him.
  3. Synonyms – pardon, remit, send away, bury, wash away, clean over…
  4. A distinction between this and water baptism.
  5. The child of God can know this forgiveness.

Evidence of Forgiveness —

  1. Forgiving others is the great mark of being forgiven. We are weak, frail, sinful – need to be pitiful towards others who are as we once were.
  2. Paco the Spanish son story...

The Issue of The Heart —

  1. Ephesians 4, etc. Put on kindness, forgiveness, and gentleness. There’s a lot of garbage in our hearts that must be dealt with. One is converted, receives a new heart, and is born anew of the Holy Spirit. But the gospel of grace does not deal with everything immediately. There’s a lifetime for the Lord to do work, do cleaning, and bring about fundamental change.
  2. Forgiveness must be wholehearted.
  3. Is there a root of bitterness in you?
  4. There is a difference between forgiveness of the heart and reconciliation with a person.
  5. It is better to forgive the bitternesses of the past than to let them destroy your life. The tempter will tell you to hold on to it and will say “you are right and they are wrong” Scripture says let go. Forgive from your heart. Do not cling to the tree of bitterness. Cut it down. Let it go. And your joy and freedom will be restored.
Dr. Whytock at URC PEI Charlottetown, PEI Canada