The People's Theologian: Writings in Honour of Donald Macleod
Donald Macleod�s guiding star has always been and remains �What says the Scripture?� There is no tradition or practice that cannot be re-examined in the light of Scripture. He has constantly reminded us of the great Reformation principle � our...
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Donald Macleod�s guiding star has always been and remains �What says the Scripture?� There is no tradition or practice that cannot be re-examined in the light of Scripture. He has constantly reminded us of the great Reformation principle � our authority is �Scripture Alone�. In Biblical terms it is undoubtedly the case that every human is a complex being. We are all made in the image of God. Even those who appear simple souls on the surface have hidden depths. However, as a useful rule of thumb, people are either of the what-you-see-is-what-you-get variety or the what-you-get-is-not-necessarily-what-you-see variety. Donald Macleod is most emphatically the latter. He is not predictable. Over the years people have been taken aback, surprised, shocked and even outraged by the positions he has taken up and the views he has expressed. Some would charge him with inconsistency for changing his views on issues. However only perfect people don�t need to change their views and, this side of glory, none is perfect. What is most important is that, like his Master, people hear Donald Macleod gladly.
He makes little concession in his lecturing or preaching to ignorance of Biblical truth, and he makes no apology for theological language. Nevertheless, because he makes doctrine come alive, people are drawn in, people of all different backgrounds as they yield to the Spirit speaking through this man, feeling his eyes are seeing far-off things which he is helping them to glimpse. They are drawn into a new world of exciting vistas of undreamed-of theological truth, and are raised by high oratory to a new level of understanding of their God and Saviour. Truly he is the people�s theologian.
Rev Dr Iain D Campbell is pastor of Back Free Church of Scotland on the Isle of Lewis. He trained for the ministry at the University of Glasgow and at the Free Church College, Edinburgh. His PhD is from the University of Edinburgh. He contributes regularly to several theological journals. His wife, Anne, is a teacher, and they have three children. He is author of The gospel according to Ruth, and On the first day of the week - God, the Christian and the Sabbath, both published by Day One.
Dr. Malcolm Maclean is from Inverness, the capital of the Highlands in Scotland. Currently he is the pastor of Scalpay Free Church of Scotland in the Outer Hebrides. Before he entered the ministry, he was Managing Editor of Christian Focus Publications. He has degrees from Highland Theological Seminary (in Dingwall, Scotland) and Reformed Theological Seminary (Jackson, Mississippi, USA). His interests are Scottish theology and Scottish Church History