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You’ve got a friend in me

Elijah and Elisha, have you ever mixed up their names? If you were asked to distinguish between the two, could you do it? If not, don’t be too hard on yourself. Their names sound so much alike and their careers and ministries so intertwined it is hard not to get confused. Nevertheless, they were two

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Thanksgiving

On Facebook this morning appeared a post which simply says, “Black Friday, because only in America do people trample each other for sales exactly one day after they have been thankful for what they already have.” Tomorrow is thanksgiving in America. A time when families get together to remember and give thanks for the year

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I wear the ring.

“I wear the ring.” That is the opening line of a book entitled “The Lords of Discipline,” written by Pat Conroy. It is a novel based on his experiences at The Citadel along with the experiences of others who attended similar colleges in the 1960’s such as The Virginia Military Institute, Annapolis, West Point and

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You have reached your destination

As you can guess from the lack of recent posts, I have been away. We were back in the USA visiting my son in college and Jane’s family in South Carolina. It was a great trip and we met up with some old friends and met new ones as well. The journey home however was

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Go in love

Go in love is this year’s theme at the Guild. I have a story that comes from a Sunday school ministry in the part of New York City that has been rated the “most likely place to get killed.” Pastor Bill Wilson has been stabbed twice, shot at, and had a member of his team

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Boys and their Toys

One of the questions that I get asked from time to time is, what is it about clergymen and model railways? Go to any model railway show, talk to any group of clergy and you are almost bound to find at least one railway enthusiast among them, to a disproportionate degree. There are many theories

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Resident Aliens

Passports, immigration and visas is a live topic at the Manse just now. Jane had to renew her American Passport recently and because of that she has had to get a new permanent leave to remain stamp in the new passport from the UK government so that when we go overseas she can get back

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What is your word?

It used to be said that a person’s word was their bond. in other words if you made a promise you kept it and it was a matter of personal integrity for you to keep your word. There was no need for written contracts or notarised documents because if it became known that a person

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What are we saying?

In the Herald this morning there is an article about an essay written by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Glasgow. In it he claims that we have become too wishy washy about standing up for the faith we believe in. He accuses the church of not standing up for itself against robust secularism and becoming

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An amazing creation

I hope that you have not missed the minister’s blog too much over the last couple of weeks while I have been on holiday. I am back now having had an amazing time which gave me cause to reflect once more on the amazing world we live in. For the first part of my time

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