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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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Clearing the Calais Jungle

Over the last few days, demolition teams have been at work in the so-called Jungle at Calais. Makeshift homes are being dismantled after a French court was persuaded to allow eviction of the people living there in conditions that have been said to be unsafe, unsanitary, and undignified.

So what’s being offered is loads better, right? An allocated mattress in a shipping container, with heat and light, but no communal space, and with the tented home you had worked to pull together bulldozed against your will, right under your nose, is better, is it? Better for whom?

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