Monthly Archives: January 2011

Indefinite Resident

She can stay! Not that I’ve been thinking of asking her to leave, but the UK Border Agency has now pronounced their official blessing on my dear wife. As many of you know, Lisa is an American citizen and unlike … Continue reading

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Prayer for a Change

Change, no one likes is, but everyone has to deal with it. As our understanding of the world and our place in it changes, we need, O LORD, to be reminded that you remain the same, yesterday, today and forever. … Continue reading

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First Time

There’s a first time for everything. Some firsts bear repeating, while many others are happily left as one offs. As you can see and well imagine, this garb was a first for me and I’m pleased to say I look … Continue reading

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Those Meddling Kids

One of the unique privileges of ministry here in Scotland is serving as Chaplain in the local public schools. Tuesday I’m giving a brief talk to the S2 class (12-13 yrs) about respect for others. They’re in the middle of … Continue reading

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500 Caplets

Americans are serious about pain relief and you can get loads of it over the counter, enough to do your kidneys some real harm. During a month long chaplaincy in the hospital during seminary, one of my first patients was … Continue reading

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Mail Pickup

This post is the third in a series of articles I like to think of as “Insignificant but not Inconsequential Things I Miss about America.” I miss mail pick up. Don’t get me wrong, the postal system is outstanding here … Continue reading

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Light in the Darkness

Pastoral Prayer for Sunday 16 January 2011 Heavenly Father, we don’t have to look far for bad news these days, and though it has always been so and, until the day of your coming, will always be so, we are … Continue reading

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Mixed Motives

Opening Prayer for Sunday Worship… Gracious God, we arrive at this place with mixed motives. We are all here for different reasons: some out of habit, some out of hurt, some out of curiosity, some out of a sense that … Continue reading

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Wha’ja’git?

The question of the day for school children of every stripe… Before I was even out of the school yard Jessie was at it with a pal, both trying to outdo the other with their boasting. “I got a Nintendo … Continue reading

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