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 2)

The Great Commission during lockdown I was never great at rhythm. Beating out in time comes naturally to some folks but not to me. Yet some of your comments on Matt 18:16-20 provoked me to appreciate that I need to get some rhythm in my life, as I am sure we all do....

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....

Never in doubt (part 1)

This poster hangs in the large hall at Camphill and in the sanctuary. It hangs on the left-hand wall …or is it the right-hand wall? It does not take much, does it, to sow seeds of doubt, particularly when we need to rely upon our memories. What is doubt? Doubt is a...

Peace in troubled times (part 2)

With the news that we are entering at least another 3 weeks of lockdown and with no let-up in the tragic numbers of lives lost to Covid 19 in sight it is all too easy to be overwhelmed. Some folks are juggling work with children’s education, whilst others are being...