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Neil’s Blog

Most Mondays Rev Neil blogs on issues that get his soul, cells and creative juices working. It’s a discipline he has valued since blogging from Delhi’s CW Games in 2010.

Neil loves connecting with people and especially enjoys comments and conversations resulting from his blogs. Locally, The Irvine Times print his blogs and photos, while internationally they reach a wider audience and community of world-wide bloggers.

Neil Urquhart

 Glesga Bus

African Swahili for ‘empathy’ is ‘poli’, literally “I feel your toothache!” If ‘sympathy’ is to say, “That must hurt”, ‘empathy’ is trying to feel yourself into someone’s situation, shoes, gums, bones and soul. Observers of Western society say that empathy has much reduced in recent years and is in short supply, “No one understands!” a common cry. Aged 13 Steve asked his church minister if [...]

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16 October 2023|

“I don’t believe it!” cries Victor Meldrew in ‘One foot in the grave’. “I can’t believe it!” claims my cycling buddy Scott. And “Unbelievable!” are the responses to the testimony of Erzad Suleiman (in a [...]

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More Barneys Please!

9 October 2023|

‘More Barneys Needed!’ was my Sunday focus headline. This confused the owner of a cat called Barney, who strongly believes ONE Barney is quite enough, thank you very much! However, Barnabas was a key character [...]

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2 October 2023|

‘Disorientating’ is one word for the change of era, and era of change, we are experiencing in these days. Yesterday our united church ‘prayer walk’ took us ‘up the Munt’ (Dreghorn) for a glorious view [...]

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Why share!?

25 September 2023|

“Why not keep it to yourself, Neil? Why do you ‘have to’ share your faith in Jesus Christ?” Straight shooter Scott McK’ is one of the most honest blokes I know, too honest at times. [...]

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Bono’s Love

18 September 2023|

It was no contest! U2 were playing across the road from the Sunday evening service I regularly attended. A long queue of punk rockers waited to shake off near freezing temperatures with the heat of [...]

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11 September 2023|

Mother Teresa is quoted as saying, “The greatest disease in the West today is not (Coronavirus?) TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but [...]

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Deepest Belonging

4 September 2023|

That moment when you tell God that He owes you an apology. It’s where St Teresa of Avila found herself in the depths of despond, St John of The Cross’s ‘dark night of the soul’, [...]

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Unsung Heroes

7 August 2023|

On my epic 3 ferries (to Bute, Colintraive, & Gourock) Saturday cycle, I saw 2 red squirrels as an ‘omen’, and was overjoyed to learn that Killie had beaten Rangers (for the uninitiated, 2 red [...]

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Team Trinity

31 July 2023|

“GUYS! You’ve lost me, & cut me loose!” On the final stretch between Largs & Irvine, any incline saw my cycling compadres boost beyond my reach and leave me languishing behind. My cries evaporated behind [...]

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Bonnie Banks

24 July 2023|

Two wrongs don’t make a right, but three rights do make a ‘left’! That’s how it felt finding my way across the Erskine Bridge and going left rather than, my usual, right along the Forth [...]

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17 July 2023|

God Bless You Family, Enemy, Neighbour, Colleague, & Friend! Sprinkled and soaked in summer rains, a wee Irish blessing for you: “May the blessing of the rain be on you—the soft, sweet rain. May it [...]

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10 July 2023|

What heights we can reach! Scott slotted my road cycle into his van and we sped an hour’s drive to Sanquhar for a 40 miles loop, taking in Scotland’s highest villages of Leadhills & Wanlockhead [...]

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