Fascinating Book

William Mackenzie was very gracious to me in giving me this book (along with a whole bunch of others). This book is a collection of narrative sermons told in the first person from the point of view of someone who lived in Bible times. The result is a kaleidoscopic canvas of imagination richly painted in variegated colors. He starts with the Incarnation, told from Mary’s point of view. He includes the story of John 4, told from the Samaritan woman’s point of view, the Transfiguration told from Peter’s point of view, and the resurrection told from the point of view of a “detective” Roman centurion who came six years later to determine what actually happened. This is a book completely unlike any other you have ever read. May he publish more sermons in the same vein. Alex MacDonald, by the way, is a Reformed pastor in Edinburgh, Scotland (ordained in the Free Church of Scotland).



  1. Sam Conner said,

    July 7, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Just curious: is Alex by any chance a descendant or collateral of George?

  2. greenbaggins said,

    July 7, 2008 at 11:27 am

    Not that I know of, but it could be. I don’t know very much of Alex at all. The MacDonald clan is quite large.

  3. Donnie MacLeod said,

    July 7, 2008 at 9:43 pm

    Alex is the senior pastor of Buccleuch and Greyfriars Free Church in Edinburgh. I used to attend that church but moved away not long after he became the pastor. He is an excellent preacher and all round good guy. His other books are well worth a read also. For several years Alex edited the Monthly Record, which is the Free Church’s denominational magazine.
    I don’t think that he is any relation to George MacDonald.
    This is a funny coincidence because just last night I heard Dr Sean Lucas preach on Psalm 23 and he quoted Rev Douglas MacMillan, who was the pastor at Buccleuch before Alex.

  4. John W. Tweeddale said,

    July 8, 2008 at 5:43 am


    Some of Alex’s ‘narrative sermons’ are available online at the website of Buccleuch & Greyfriars Free Church of Scotland, where he is the minister (and where my wife and I attend!). He was also formerly the moderator of the FCS and the longtime editor of The Monthly Record, the FCS denominational magazine.

    Here is the link to several of his stories:




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