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London Bridge Is Falling Down

The positive messages from the families and friends of Jack Merritt, 25, and Saskia Jones, 23, after the murder of their beloved, are truly inspirational and fitting echoes to young lives lived well, given to the service of others, and in particular the rehabilitation of prisoners

There is much irony and ire surrounding the early release of […]

2019-12-02T13:23:39+00:002 December 2019|Comments Off on London Bridge Is Falling Down

Owning Mess

“That’s another fine mess you got me into Stanley!” was Hardy’s humorous quip & whip for his sidekick as he passed the buck of blame and denied responsibility for his mistakes. At School, “It wisnae (was not) me Miss!” was used to deflect attention from our […]

2019-11-26T15:56:23+00:0026 November 2019|Comments Off on Owning Mess

Reckless love!

Love or hate it ‘Reckless Love’ divides opinion. Personally, I love it and sing it loud. It’s a sharp spur in my side, a worship song to remind me of how passionately God loves the world (including me) and calls me, and my church, to break […]

2019-11-18T12:19:10+00:0018 November 2019|Comments Off on Reckless love!

Can Kanye?

Perhaps, like me, you’re warily happy & hopeful about Kanye West’s conversion to Christ and latest album ‘Jesus is King’. I love the “Airpool Karaoke” video, in which James Corden hitches a plane-lift with Kanye & his acapella singing gospel-choir. Corden’s clever clumsy-chumsy chat frees Kanye […]

2019-11-11T10:32:07+00:0011 November 2019|Comments Off on Can Kanye?

Grounded to Glide!

Jonny Wilkinson’s reflection on England’s 2003 triumph in the Rugby World Cup is astute,

“If you are grounded, it can be amazing. If your feet are not planted in something deeper, it can feel like, ‘what the hell is going on?”

England head coach Eddie Jones comment about […]

2019-11-04T10:47:34+00:004 November 2019|Comments Off on Grounded to Glide!

Ghost or Spirit?

Who’s afraid of The Holy Ghost? Halloween throws up myriad images designed to scare, including ghosts, ghouls, goblins & gremlins. People’s understanding of the word ‘ghost’ has changed significantly over the years, such that it’s no longer helpful to describe the third dimension to God’s personality and […]

2019-10-28T15:26:14+00:0028 October 2019|Comments Off on Ghost or Spirit?

Mastered

How easily Fear and Worry rob us of The Life God wants for us! How quickly despair and anxiety can eat massive chunks out of our sense of wellbeing.

 

“Peace does not come because you finally have control over your life; peace comes when you no longer need control.” (ER McManus)

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2019-10-14T12:32:21+00:0014 October 2019|Comments Off on Mastered

Wowza!

Wowza, Wowza, Wowza!!! What a rich variety of colours, cultures, characters, callings and creativity, oozes from and overflows this Glesga World Church: St Rollox Parish Church of Scotland. Around 50% of Sighthill tenants are asylum seekers or refugees, of which many now call St Rollox their […]

2019-10-07T15:19:58+00:007 October 2019|Comments Off on Wowza!

“Sorry!”

Whether careless or calculated, some recent words from Members of Parliament have deepened the ‘fault lines’ of division in British politics and opened fractures and fissures in parties. The widower of murdered MP Jo Cox, Brendan Cox, Church leaders and many others are rightly […]

2019-09-30T16:40:51+00:0030 September 2019|Comments Off on “Sorry!”

Thomas Cooked It

‘Thomas Cook’ (1808- 92) was an extraordinary self-made man, recognised as a ‘Father of Travel’, who took pride in making travel more affordable. This down-to-earth Baptist preacher and entrepreneur had myriad occupations, businesses, successes, sorrows and setbacks. He once declared bankruptcy, and lost his daughter on […]

2019-09-23T12:59:25+00:0023 September 2019|Comments Off on Thomas Cooked It