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New year, new story?

Sermon for Second Sunday of Christmas (Matthew 2.13-end)
Preached at Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church, St Andrews
1 January 2017

In Scotland, Hogmanay has traditionally been the bigger of the two December celebrations. No doubt some of us can remember the time when Christmas wasn’t even a public holiday this side of the border.

Well when I was wee, our house operated a mixed economy: my parents were English and so they’d grown up with Christmas as the main event; but we were in Scotland, where Hogmanay was a big deal, so we had major celebrations for both. Hogmanay meant a late night in someone’s house, lots of party food (vol-au-vents, sausages on sticks!) and free-flowing single malt. Then a long lie the next day, and the wait for someone to First Foot us with a lump of coal wrapped in newspaper. Read more

Eradicating Poverty

I was on Thought for The Day on BBC Radio Scotland this morning, reflecting on the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. This is what I said: Read more

Thought for the Day

A wee while ago I was approached by BBC Radio Scotland and invited to have a go at being a contributor to Thought for the Day. It’s been great experience for me to learn how it’s put together and work with some of the team, and after a couple of trial runs and lots of guidance, this morning I gave my first live “Thought”.

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Puppies and Heresy

A sermon for Trinity Sunday 2016
Proverbs 8:1-4,22-31; Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15

I have to make a confession: I’ve fallen – head over heels.

We met through a friend. It was love at first sight, and it promised to be life-changing. He’s really handsome. He has dark brown hair and deep hazelnut eyes. He’s younger than me, playful, and yet he will happily cuddle up on the sofa. Sure, it’ll take time and effort, and no doubt well have our moments, but I’m confident it’ll be worth it. He’s moving in with me next week.

Before I take this too far, though, let me clarify… I’m getting a puppy. A sprocker spaniel called Oswald. You can check back in a few weeks time after I’ve been dealing with 4am wee stops as to whether my rose tinted glasses remain intact!

Now you’re probably wondering already what on earth that has to do with Trinity Sunday.

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Have you seen Jesus today?

(Sermon for Easter Sunday dawn service 2016, on John 20:1-8, preached at the Ecumenical Service at the Church of St Mary on the Rock, St Andrews.)

I wonder, have you seen Jesus yet today? I’m not joking; have you seen him? And if not, why aren’t you off looking for him?

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