Western Isles

Islands Study Conference 2017 Report

May 4, 2017
A large number of delegates gathered at the Harris Hotel at the end of April for the annual Islands Study Conference. Guest speakers, Rev James Maciver (Stornoway Free Church) and Rev Hector Morrison (Highland Theological College) were invited to deliver lectures on specific topics of interest. 
 
James Maciver’s subject was ‘The Signs of the Times.’ He spoke comprehensively and passionately about ‘the last things’ covering the wider eschatological landscape of the Lord’s return, the resurrection and the final judgment. 
 
Islands Study Conference 2017
 
Rev Hector Morrison addressed the topic of the ‘Maternal Aspects of the Godhead.’ His thought-provoking lectures focused on the birthing God of Isaiah 42:14 bringing Israel to life and the compassionate God of Isaiah 49:14-16 who does not forsake or forget his own children. 
 
Both speakers also conducted services on Sunday in the local community centre in conjunction with the congregation of North Harris Free Church. 
 
As well as hearing inspiring Bible teaching, delegates also heard about the mission work of God is Good Africa from the conference hosts, Rev Calum Iain and Dina Macleod (Back), following their recent short-term mission trip to Uganda. 
 
Copies of the conference lectures are available on CD for £10. Orders can be made by emailing: [email protected]  
 
Chairman of the Conference Committee David MacIver summed up the weekend: “It was good to renew fellowship and friendships over the weekend and a privilege to have had two such accomplished and experienced speakers with us to teach and preach God’s Word. We heard four lectures and two sermons, which were excellent, and we are indebted to the Lord that His blessing accompanied the Word and our fellowship. 
 
A special mention must also go to the ‘Conference Hosts’ as their presence and contribution really enhanced the conference. 
 
With advancing years and changing circumstances preventing many of those who faithfully supported the conference over many years from now attending, it was particularly gratifying to have had new attendees with us this year, both as hotel residents and day visitors. We hope to see each of them, and much more, back with us at the next conference! That is scheduled to take place, all being well, from 20th-22nd April 2018.”