Pentecost (part 1)

What does Pentecost mean for us today? Last week we waited with the disciples as they followed Jesus’ instruction in Luke 24:49.   “I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on...

Waiting (part 2)

He’s in the waiting Well one way to think about waiting and what it does to our souls is to practise it. I want to begin today by thanking everyone for their patience yesterday as we dealt with technical issues when trying to go live. Contrary to what some of...

Waiting (part 1)

‘Are we there yet?’ It’s the cry a million parents have heard from the back seat of the car as they have set off on a long journey. It was the cry, and remains the cry of Jesus’ followers commissioned to be his disciples. “are you at this time.. going to...

When things don’t go to plan (part 2)

When things don’t go to plan. It was good to be back with you all on Sunday morning as part of #QPLive. Thank you for your concern and prayers. The test for COVID19 came back negative, but whatever I had meant I lost all my energy and just wanted to sleep. At...

When life fails to go as planned (part 1)

Plans “The best-laid schemes o’ mice a’ men gang aft agley” wrote Robert Burns in the poem, “To a Mouse”, which countless Scottish school children have attempted to learn. His point is well made. Our human plans, no matter how well laid down, bump up...

What does mission look like in lockdown (Part 3)

Scattered Servants living out the great commission.  How do you fit a quart into a pint pot? The answer is, of course, that you cannot … at least not into the one-pint pot, but if you have other pots then you can happily pour your quart out. I open with this because...

What does mission look like in lockdown (part 1)

Joy mixed with frustration The weather has been glorious, which while in many ways is joyous it is something I am finding deeply frustrating. From the park at the end of our street we get a fantastic view over much of the city. The prominent profile of Drumgoyne on...

Where do broken hearts go? (part 2)

Where do all the lonely hearts go? It been really great to engage with folks Sunday by Sunday on QPlive. Whether you have simply watched or actively “chatted” online there has been a real sense of community. I recall being sent to a conference as a very junior...

Where do broken hearts go? (part 1)

“Where do broken hearts go?” …sang Whitney Houston many years ago. It’s a good question and one which she tragically was unable to answer in her own life.  Traumatic events, personal failures and overwhelming ordeals affect us all at various times and to varying...

Never in doubt (part 2)

Doubt? Doubt can have many sources, but very often it comes from a situation of pain, or trauma. That was certainly the context in which we find Thomas in John 20. Jesus comes to Thomas and is the embodiment of God’s forgiving, gracious, patient, compassionate love....