Category Archives: From The Manse

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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I can see clearly now.

I knew from my last two eye tests that my reading vision was not improving. Because of a history of glaucoma in the family I have to get a test every year and I had been told that my vision was slightly worse each time but not enough to warrant a change of prescription. Today

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Where do you place your cross?

Well, election day is just about upon us. Hopefully many thousands, even millions, of people will soon be going to the polls to cast their vote. Everyone will have their own reason to vote the way they do and by the end of the week we will have much better idea of the direction this

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