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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

Run to the Rescue

Described by one critic as "deliciously creepy perversity" in his fictitious portrayal of Roman Emperor Commodus in the box office smash ‘Gladiator’, Joaquin Phoenix has managed to express and explore numerous troubled characters in his distinguished film career. For me his speech last night on receiving the Oscar for his role as ‘The Joker’ was a highlight. He speaks of humanity’s need for redemption, rescue [...]

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Grounded to Glide!

4 November 2019|

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, [...]

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Ghost or Spirit?

28 October 2019|

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 [...]

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Mastered

14 October 2019|

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 [...]

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Wowza!

7 October 2019|

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 [...]

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“Sorry!”

30 September 2019|

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, [...]

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Thomas Cooked It

23 September 2019|

‘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 [...]

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Pierogis  

16 September 2019|

First hearing about PM Boris ‘proroguing’ parliament, I wondered if it had something to do with ‘Pierogis’, Stuffed Dumplings! “Fair definition, Neil” you might say. Of course, now we all know that ‘Proroguing Parliament’ is [...]

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Blog Fog?

10 September 2019|

So why blog on Monday mornings? It’s not as if I don’t have a few other things to do.   It all started at the Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010, trying to include my church, [...]

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Radical Love

2 September 2019|

“See how these Christians love one another!” Was a common comment of many locals observing the behaviour of Jesus’ first fledgling followers in their communities across the first century AD Roman Empire. Sadly this is [...]

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Dream Team!

19 August 2019|

30 years ago, when I started as ‘meenister’ at Fullarton, I didn’t imagine me still here today! I thought 25 years max’, not wanting to outstay my welcome. Yet, God had other plans and yesterday, [...]

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Visitation

12 August 2019|

A week in The Borders, at St Mary’s Loch, sweet sojourn in Eden. A church building (1845) converted (1986) into a home with gorgeous garden, now a friend’s holiday house, became a magical door into [...]

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Stuck?

29 July 2019|

Soeren was intrigued to watch a flock of geese fail to fly south with colder weather. But the novelty of a grounded gaggle planted around his pond gave way to pity several seasons later when [...]

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