Category Archives: From The Manse

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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Living with Irony

I came across this quote the other day by Francis Chan: “The irony is that while God doesn’t need us but still wants us, we desperately need God but don’t really want Him most of the time.” When you get to the heart of the matter God, according to the Christian Gospel, is a God of relationship.

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Are you a spectator or a participant?

Last Sunday was a very important one for Kinnoull Parish Church as we had a congregational meeting where various plans for the future were laid out and the congregation were invited to ask questions or to make comment on the plans. One of our members asked a very good question about our plans to live

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The Eggstraodinary controversy

The internet is all a twitter just now over the apparent reluctance of certain confectionary companies to put the word Easter on their chocolate eggs. Even the Prime Minister has weighed in over it much to the surprise of some who feel that there are much more pressing issues on which they feel she should

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Better late than never

Well, so much for trying to keep posting on the blog on a regular day. I started trying to do it on a Tuesday, then occasionally it creeps to a Wednesday and here we are on Thursday and I am finally getting around to writing for this. I remember my father, many years ago, brought

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You can gain by losing

When Jesus confronted the money changers in the temple in the week before his crucifixion he told them that his father’s house should be a house of prayer and not a den of thieves. Sometimes I wonder whether the church has really paid enough attention to that verse, not because I want to suggest that

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Power

Well as far as Sam, our dog is concerned today has been very exciting. The mailman had to drop something off so Sam got a chance to greet him, John came to clean the windows, another chance for a greeting, and the gas man came to switch out our old electricity and gas meters for

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