The institution is 456 years old, it has millions of pounds in assets, it fights for social justice at home and abroad, it has some degree of political influence. There can't be many people in this country who are not aware of it in one way or another. But why do you stay? Think deeply … Continue reading To My Church of Scotland Friends
My mother says that sometimes, being Glaswegian and all. I think I may petition for it to become part of the jargon of the Church. Of course, a muckle is preferable to a meikle but a meikle is better than nowt. For those who aren't familiar with this age-old phrase, here is a translation: ~ … Continue reading Mony a Meikle Maks a Muckle
The most bizarre piece of advice anyone gave me when I was thinking about studying Theology at uni was this: Don't give up your drawing. The most frustrating advice I was given was don't. Doing a degree is hard on so many levels. Doing a Theology degree may be the hardest of all because it … Continue reading Advice for Theology Students
One of the things I love about the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew is verse five. This random woman pops up, not even Jewish. Not only was she a gentile though, she was a prostitute originally too. But there she is in the family tree of the Messiah no less. Her name is Rahab. x … Continue reading Searching for Rahab
Old women slammed doors on eternity. We paced the streets, handing out gems to the blind and deaf. The preacher raised his hands and called us to Christ.
It's sort of snowing outside but it's warm in here. The table is slightly wobbly. They all are, it's one of the quirks of the place and the reason we usually sit on the sofas in the corner. Savinni's is my favourite. It has been since I first came to Dingwall all that time ago. … Continue reading Partly Accident, Wholly Grace (testimony part 2)
It had just started to snow that soggy, icy kind of snow as the Inverness train pulled out of Haymarket Station. I wasn't going to Ness though, I was going home, and that line in itself is telling. It is also telling that the first thing I did when I sat down was stare out … Continue reading Marvin K.
To be fair, she wasn't saying 'not now', she was saying 'I give up, maybe I'll try in the future but probably not.' I understood, honestly (even though she said none of us do). See the thing is that I've lived long enough to know that life is pretty pants. Think about it, the past … Continue reading The Extraordinary Power of Now
Dear Grandad, I'll be honest, I don't know how to start this. We've never had a heart-to-heart. So I'll just write, honest and true and see what happens. Don't worry, it's awkward for me too. I guess I just want to write to you just to speak to you since you're so far away. Look at … Continue reading The Storyteller
I knew instinctively what the 7am phone call was about but wanted only to slip back into sleep. And somewhere an alarm clock would not stop ringing and it was driving me to despair. Perhaps something inside me knew that I should be awake and ringing too. But I was not. I wasn't anything. * … Continue reading The Last Passing for Muster