Category Archives: From The Manse

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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Controversy at the General Assembly – Surely not!

I suspect that on reading the title of this blog your immediate thoughts go to the events of last Thursday as we heard and discussed the report of the theological forum. However this is not the place for that discussion. The controversy I am thinking of took place much earlier in the week with the

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A ruby in a mountain of rocks

As I sit on the train heading to another session of the General Assembly I am reading through the vast mountain of reports and phrases such as, looking for a needle in a haystack and looking for a ruby in a mountain of rocks spring to mind. The Blue Book, as it is known, runs

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The end of corporate Christianity

Without a doubt, one of the most influential books and movements over the last thirty years has been “The Purpose driven Church.” I know I have been greatly blessed by Rick Warren and the work he has been doing at Saddleback. His ministry took shape in Southern California corporate America at a time when business

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Smart meters for the soul

Those of you who know me well know that I like gadgets. Very early in my ministry, before really portable mobile phones I had a pager, then I got my first flip phone, then I went high tech and got a Blackberry. I like the fact that my car lights switch on when needed and

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