What does grace look like?

What does grace look like?

Who exemplifies grace for you? What image comes to mind when you think of a grace-filled person? You might want to ponder that thought as we head to Sunday. In popular thinking, a grace-full person is a doormat, a rollover who is passive and silent in the face of...

Grace – it’s Amazing!

The turn of a calendar page makes little difference to reality, nevertheless, the beginning of a new year symbolises change and fresh possibilities for many of us. So how are you launching into 2022? Some of us remain disheartened and exhausted as we continue to...
The Wonder of Christmas

The Wonder of Christmas

This week I was chatting with a young mum watching her two-year-old mesmerised by a small revolving Christmas tree. She was sadly anticipating the day when her child would grow up and lose her sense of ‘wonder’. This conversation has made me think about the concept of...
What Mary do you know?

What Mary do you know?

Mary, she is either adored or avoided, sainted or airbrushed from history. We often view her as a demure and dainty woman, her eyes coyly bowed in saintly meekness. This Mary points to a Christmas and a kingdom of quiet, passive submission. That’s hardly the Mary Luke...
Advent

Advent

Advent is a season in which we journey together towards Christmas. With one eye we look back to the first coming of Jesus, the long years of preparation and promise, hope and disappointment, and the arrival of God’s Son, our saviour. With the other eye, we set our...
Comfort and Challenge

Comfort and Challenge

I love this photograph …it is of a tree growing, clinging to a rockface, a most improbable place for something to grow, on the side of Ben More near Crianlarich. For me, it is a picture of hope, of endurance, of life against all the odds. I love trees and it gives me...
We begin beloved

We begin beloved

Mr Chippy Mr Chippy was his name. He was a central figure in my boyhood, and for good reason. For Mr Chippy was the purveyor of a vast emporium of delights. Mr Chippy ran our local fish and chip van, brimful of an endless menu of fried pleasure. My father was well...
Remember

Remember

People of remembrance “Remember, remember the 5th of November”. November is a month for recollection. From fireworks to poppies and the silence of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This week we will stop and recall the effects of war and the devastation...
I notice, I wonder, I realise

I notice, I wonder, I realise

Last Friday I went to an event where the facilitator introduced the group to the three levels of seeing. Like me, many of you would recognise this, given Andrew Bennett introduced us to this back in February during the Saturday morning session he did with us on...
Act & Pray

Act & Pray

All Eyes on Glasgow All eyes will be on Glasgow these next two weeks. COP26 has finally arrived in town and with it the hopes of nations for brave decisions to be made that will help our world tackle the climate emergency that is appearing all around us. Christians,...