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Saunter

As soon as friends Ruth & Stuart Kennedy raved on social media about cycling across Scotland on the John Muir Way, Helensburgh to Dunbar, inspiration and determination grew within me to complete it too. Opportunity opened and, with grace, […]

2021-05-31T12:27:36+01:0031 May 2021|Comments Off on Saunter

Persistence

What’s the posture and positioning of technology which generates energy from wind and sun? In windy and sunny spots! Sure, in doldrum periods the wind drops and sun hides, but positioning is critical.

 

What was the posture and positioning of Jesus’ first followers as they prepared to receive […]

2021-05-24T12:27:39+01:0024 May 2021|Comments Off on Persistence

Hugs

It was well over a decade since Davie had hugged anyone. He wasn’t the touchy-feely demonstrative type, but he read that, from 17th May, people in Scotland had permission to hug their loved ones and close friends. He passed a book shop with, what looked like just […]

2021-05-17T17:04:19+01:0017 May 2021|Comments Off on Hugs

New Wind Turbines

“Victimised by nostalgia and buffeted by fear, the church is focused too much on merely holding the small plot of ground that it currently occupies to confidently reimagine a robust future.” (Michael Frost – Exiles)

 

But not only churches feel displaced and disorientated by pandemic pressures. In Easter […]

2021-05-11T20:41:19+01:0011 May 2021|Comments Off on New Wind Turbines

Pandemic Harvest

So, what wisdom are you harvesting from pandemic, what are you learning about: God, yourself, others, the world around, God’s Will for your life, etc? These are questions I continue to travel with as we enter a ‘brave new world’.

 

Back from a week in the Highlands, here’s […]

2021-05-03T11:56:02+01:003 May 2021|Comments Off on Pandemic Harvest

90 Minute Bigot

The Shoes Brothers (aka ‘Min in Black’ / Fr Willie & Rev Neil) were happy to be associated with Irvine Police’s move to encourage responsible and respectful behaviour in and around the Old Firm Scottish Cup game on Sunday. For the last 11 years we’ve been determined […]

2021-04-19T15:22:58+01:0019 April 2021|Comments Off on 90 Minute Bigot

Brass Monkeys

Bonny Scotland! Where all four seasons can come in one day. Lately
we’ve had some beautiful bright, but cold weather. One moment you could be sunbathing the next dodging hailstones. As they say, “Never cast a clout till May’s out” (never discard your [warm winter] clothing till June). […]

2021-04-12T13:57:03+01:0012 April 2021|Comments Off on Brass Monkeys

No God!

A few years ago the Humanist Association’s ‘There’s Probably No God. Stop Worrying And Enjoy Your Life!’ posters offended some, confirmed the views of others, and got people talking about faith and belief. The clever phrase avoided declaring ‘There Is No God!’ something one cannot prove and for which you might be sued. I happily […]

2021-04-05T09:55:42+01:005 April 2021|Comments Off on No God!

Easter Colour

 

 

 

 

 

 

After one whole year of lockdown restrictions and Covid-19, which put ‘dem’ into panic, we’re in Holy Week for the second time, a roller-coaster week of reflection: ranging from ‘green’ elation of Jesus’ triumphal […]

2021-03-29T11:21:24+01:0029 March 2021|Comments Off on Easter Colour

God’s Playfulness

God is playful and Immutable (unchangeable) in character, nature, purpose and promises. Immutable facts are rock-solid sureties, which will never change over time. I believe God’s divine DNA includes amazing creativity and playfulness. Think of how God spins planets around the sun, the greatest (ball) ‘keepy-up’ expert […]

2021-03-22T09:45:56+00:0022 March 2021|Comments Off on God’s Playfulness