A New Beginning

Sunday, 31 December 2017

Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace" (Luke 2:29)

So here we are again. New Year’s Eve. Tomorrow a whole new year begins. Twelve months have passed...

Days Of Choice

Sunday, 24 December 2017

Then Mary said, "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." (Luke 1:38)

(Flipping coin). “Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads. Heads”. There’s a play called “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are...

Days Of Inspiration

Sunday, 17 December 2017

The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me…he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed (Isaiah 61:1)

A colleague of mine at work has a three  year old daughter. She’d been at a playgroup party and there and been a magician....

Days Of Our Lives

Sunday, 10 December 2017

John the baptiser appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. (Mark 1:4)

I’ve been considering retirement. That’s early retirement I should emphasise. In some ways it seems...

Days To Come

Sunday, 3 December 2017

Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in clouds' with great power and glory.  (Mark 13:26)

There's a story I’ve told a few times. It takes place in the office of the Moderator of the Church of Scotland. He’s trying...

The Powers That Be

Sunday, 26 November 2017

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory (Matthew 25:31)

Twenty years ago or so my wife and I visited Istanbul and we went to look around the Dolmebahce...

Let Us Remember

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore (Isaiah 2:5)

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month ninety-nine years ago the guns of the Western Front fell silent...

Leaders Of Men

Sunday, 5 November 2017

Its rulers give judgment for a bribe, its priests teach for a price, its prophets give oracles for money; yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Surely the LORD is with us! No harm shall come upon us." (Micah 3:11)


A Simple Game

Sunday, 29 October 2017

On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” (Matthew 22:40)

When my son was little we went through that phase I suppose lots of families go through of playing board games. We played the old favourites...

Faith And Politics

Sunday, 22 October 2017

Then he said to them, "Give therefore to the emperor thethings that are the emperor's, and to God the things that are God's." (Matthew 22:21)

Generally I write sermons on Saturday nights and by that time I have a pretty...