Monthly Archives: June 2009

You’re a What?

Among the guest clergy who attended my induction nearly four months ago was one of the Roman Catholic priests in Hamilton. He was, in my estimation, a surprising and most welcome guest, especially in light of the sad history of … Continue reading

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FlightControl

How am I supposed to manage six red planes at once? I mean I’ve already got three blue helicopters and three yellow prop planes in the air. They’re sending me too many at once and it’s not fair. I don’t … Continue reading

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Ascription of Praise

O God, you are infinite, eternal and unchangeable, glorious in holiness, full of compassion, abundant in grace and truth. Your works everywhere praise you, and your glory is revealed in Jesus Christ our Saviour. Therefore we praise you, blessed and … Continue reading

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The King is Dead

“Is this the black one or the white one?” An innocent question, right enough, but one that captured the heart of the matter. We were watching Michael Jackson videos last night and even the children could see the physical changes … Continue reading

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Fly

I haven’t seen many houseflies since moving to Scotland, three that I can recall. Last night I had one in my bedroom. I’d heard him earlier, bouncing off the windows, looking for an escape to the world he could see, … Continue reading

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This is My Body

I was out serving communion yesterday to some of our home-bound members. The first lady we visited was kind enough to send me away with a bag of chocolate bars, very nice! My first inclination was to gobble them all … Continue reading

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I Will Pray for You

When we say to people ‘I will pray for you,’ we make a very important commitment. The sad thing is that this remark often remains nothing but a well-meant expression of concern. But when we learn to descend with our … Continue reading

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Movies/TV

Television in Scotland is saturated with American programming. Close the blinds in our living room and we could easily feel like we are sitting in Texas or Missouri or California simply by turning on the telly. Friends, Scrubs, Two and … Continue reading

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Cumbrae Challenge

Saturday found me and my three elder sons on the Great Cumbrae Island for the “Cumbrae Challenge,” an annual walk/bike/run around the island to benefit Christian Aid. It was a short one hour’s drive to the coast. We passed through … Continue reading

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Confirmation

A few words I’ve prepared for this morning’s confirmation… Joining the church is not an idea that starts with us. It starts with God. God moves in our hearts to seek him out and to know him. We join the … Continue reading

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