Minister's blog

March 31, 2020

"No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known." John 1. 18

"Unprecedented" must surely be the most overused word of the moment. Whenever a public figure is being held to account for the inadequacy of their, or their de...

March 30, 2020

"Remember the Sabbath day, by keeping it holy." Exodus 20. 8

Holidays may be the last thing on your mind right now. We may even feel guilty mentioning the word, when those on the front line are working so hard. But, we are all in this for the long haul and, if we are going to stay the distance, we need to pace...

March 29, 2020

"He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again." Mark 8. 31

Clocks went forward today and many might be thinking: if only we could fast forward to t...

March 28, 2020

"... and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28. 20

Apparently they have a saying in Argentina: "As lonely as Adam on Mother's Day" - think about it! A week into lockdown, if you are feeling that way or know someone who might be, please tell me or your local elder. We would not ha...

March 27, 2020

"There will be one regulation for you, whether a resident foreigner or a native citizen, for I am the Lord your God." Leviticus 24. 22

The other day I was overhearing the rant of a well-known journalist on the internet. He was lambasting those who were chafing at the government's isolation polic...

March 26, 2020

"The light shines in the darkness..." John 1. 5

Woke up this morning to a thick mist. No surprises, this is "Eilean a' cheò" after all! But it has burned away to reveal a gorgeous spring day; the first of its kind. 

It feels as if the whole nation is being engulfed; surrounded by a darkness we have never encoun...

March 25, 2020

And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" Revelation 5.2

It must have been 10 years ago now, when I was ministering in St Andrews, that the funeral director remarked that he had just attended a briefing, at which his profession had been warned...

March 24, 2020

And he said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer." Luke 22.15

Hearing a NHS worker on the radio this morning describing his anticipation of a tsunami of coronavirus patients took me back. On the eve of the second Gulf War I was in a forward operating base, with the spe...

March 23, 2020

"Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old." Matthew 13.52

We've never had a Mothering Sunday like it. We've never had a Sunday like it: no church services throughout the land (...

March 22, 2020

"Jerusalem, Jerusalem... how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing." Matthew 23.37

Mothering Sunday was traditionally the day that domestic servants were allowed to return home to their "mother church". It has since been asso...

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