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So far Neil Urquhart has created 231 blog entries.

Unlikely Hero

Do you know ‘Mr Rogers’? Or should I say ‘who he was’ as he passed in 2003, aged 75. I just watched ‘A wonderful day in the neighbourhood’, starring Tom Hanks, on Netflix. Previously, my wife cringed every time she heard Mister Rogers speak or mentioned, such was his strange, high-pitched American whiney voice and […]

2022-01-10T10:51:04+00:0010 January 2022|Comments Off on Unlikely Hero

Everyday Christmas

In a festive family quiz we had a dispute over whether the 12th day of Christmas is the 5th or 6th of January. IE. Do the 12 days start on 25th or 26th December? The quiz said 6th January is the 12th day. Whichever, are you continuing […]

2022-01-03T11:02:02+00:003 January 2022|Comments Off on Everyday Christmas

Tock-Tic 2022

Another year of Grace gobbled by ‘Tock Tic’ has me looking in the mirror and wondering who this glaikit guy staring back at me is. Reflecting on 2021 I’m immensely […]

2021-12-27T17:44:21+00:0027 December 2021|Comments Off on Tock-Tic 2022


Not another variant!?! Our hearts sink as another variant raises its ugly head in the battle to crush Covid 19 and banish it to the history books. And from where do all these variant names come?


The Greek alphabet: Alpha, Beta, Gamma, Delta, Epsilon, Zeta, Eta, Theta, Iota, […]

2021-12-20T10:42:11+00:0020 December 2021|Comments Off on Omicron

Yakety Zak!

Want to make God laugh? Tell him your plans. But be careful not to laugh at God’s plans for you! Zak & Elizabeth were well on in years with a pensioner bus pass, when angel Gibby told Zak that he and Mrs Zak, unable to have […]

2021-12-13T08:22:40+00:0013 December 2021|Comments Off on Yakety Zak!

God of Surprise

“Just can’t wait for Christmas!” Well you’ll just have to, but ‘how you wait’ is important. Advent is a season of patient waiting and hopeful expectation. But, all too easily we slot into a familiar route and rut to, and through, Christmas running on autopilot. We can […]

2021-12-06T14:56:12+00:006 December 2021|Comments Off on God of Surprise

Slow Down

“Good! Fine! Okay. Not Bad. Rank Rotten!” How honestly do you answer the routine question, “How’re you doing / going?” How well do you mask how harassed & harangued you are? My trite polite answers to this passing question […]

2021-11-29T07:48:06+00:0029 November 2021|Comments Off on Slow Down

All in This Together

More madness, mayhem & meaning coming your way my friends! It’s that time of year when Fr Wullie & I get singing, dancing and rope y’all into the Fun, Laughter, Advent Adventures and Christmas Message of Hope.
In response to 20 months of pandemic pressure this year’s Shoes […]

2021-11-22T10:35:57+00:0022 November 2021|Comments Off on All in This Together

Retreat to Advance

It was the last thing I wanted. I was busy and feeling constrained by time. This Retreat would bump my weekly day-off to Monday, ‘again’. And I had the perfect excuse to dodge our church leadership’s retreat to West Kilbride Parish Church’s lower hall. It would’ve been […]

2021-11-15T17:13:39+00:0015 November 2021|Comments Off on Retreat to Advance


Starting out at Fullarton, I remember mature ministers talk about their embarrassment at their earlier sermons. Smug and Self-righteous in my evangelical zeal, I thought that would never be me. How wrong I was! I think I’m even more passionate in my preaching, but the more I […]

2021-11-08T10:04:07+00:008 November 2021|Comments Off on Humility