Life and Work

Life and Work is the magazine of the Church of Scotland. In a history spanning over 130 years, it has established itself as the pre-eminent voice of the Church of Scotland. You can read more about its history here.

Though firmly rooted in the affairs of the Kirk, it also aims to cover a broad range of subjects of interest to church-goers across the spectrum from international affairs and British political and social issues to science, ethics and the arts. Each monthly issue includes a forum for views on current social and moral issues, a monthly meditation and regular articles on the spiritual side of life, reviews of the latest books, videos and Christian resources, and regular features on the Church worldwide. Find out how to take out a subscription.

The current issue: October 2015

The Son of the Manse Inventor of Television
Jackie Macadam discovers the religious roots of John Logie Baird, through the eyes of his son.

Tomorrow's Calling
A look at the drive to recruit the ministers of the future, with a special focus on the various ministries of the Church of Scotland.

NYA 2015
Jackie Macadam reports from the National Youth Assembly.

Scotland's Cradle of Christianity
Ian Bradley highlights the distinctive spiritual atmosphere of Argyll.

The Cost of Faith
The Moderator considers the price of being a Christian in some parts of the world today.

God Has the Last Word
The Rev Dr Martin Fair reflects on the challenges laid down to Christians by the Epistle of James.

Childish or childlike?
The Very Rev Dr James Simpson highlights the virtue of child-likeness

A 'Vibrant and Active' Church
John R Hume finds a town steeped in history in North Lanarkshire

A Dog's Life
As Ron Ferguson takes a break, his pet collie Mansie steps in…

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