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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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Remodelling lessons

As I said last week, there is a big remodelling project happening at Kinnoull Parish Church. I have popped in a couple of times to see how it is progressing and I will do again before I officiate at a wedding in the church grounds this afternoon. When I went by on Thursday the new

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Let the work begin

If you drive or walk past Kinnoull Parish Church over the next few weeks then you will see that there is a lot going on. The Memorial gates, made in memory of those from the church that died in the first world war are away being repainted. There are workmen all over the hall extending

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Death where is your sting?

This past month has been a very tough one in the Manse household. There have been a number of people who have died who have been a big part of the family for many years either as a relative or as a friend. Thus it has been a sad month, because we will miss them;

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Clergy and trains

What is it about the clergy and railways? The writer of the Thomas the tank Engine stories was a Methodist minister. One of the great model railway layouts of all time was Buckingham central built by the Rev. Peter Denny. Whenever you go to a model railway show you could just about have a Presbytery

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