Monthly Archives: October 2009

D*** Dog

Most every dog owner has used this phrase. “That d*** dog has: chewed up my shoe, dug a hole in my flower bed, peed on the carpet, jumped the fence, barked all night, scratched up the door, etc.” When the … Continue reading

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A Better Way

(Before reading this check out Luke 10:38-42, one of my favourites) We tend to think of worry and anxiety as problems of the modern world. Not so. I think they are endemic to the human condition. They certainly weren’t new … Continue reading

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Electronic Day

“He’s jonesing.” “You think?” “Look at him, he’s got all the classic signs: irritability, short attention span, bargaining, denial. He’s addicted.” “Oor wee John (4 yrs.), addicted to video games, at such a young age?” “He needs a fix.” “I … Continue reading

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Funnies

Here’s a few jokes to bring a smile to your day… • A preacher was completing a temperance sermon: with great expression he said, “If I had all the beer in the world, I’d take it and throw it into … Continue reading

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Salvation

O God, your salvation is a strange thing. It is not like a car, but it moves us. It is not like running, but it makes our feet swift. It is not like sailing, but a new wind moves us. … Continue reading

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Invested with Rats

“Dad, there’s the rat park.” “The what?” “The rat park, it’s invested with rats.” “What?” “Well, everyone leaves their food there, and everyone at school says it’s invested with rats.” I try to encourage my children to be sceptical of … Continue reading

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All the Days Ordained for Me

I’ve never had to bury anyone who died young. I’ve never had to bury a child or a teenager or a young man, but as a minister I live with a sense of dread of what I might say in … Continue reading

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For Nick

Last Thursday night two F-16 jets collided in mid-air during a night time training exercise. One of the jets was damaged but managed to limp home and land at the base. The other went missing. After a three day search … Continue reading

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Working Weekend

I will be away on retreat this weekend with our church Session (Board of Elders). See you Monday morning. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you,John

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Funeral Prayer

This is a prayer I will use at a parish funeral today… Holy God, you are not dead, nor are you far from those who call on you. You are near to us, as one man is near to another. … Continue reading

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