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John Hume

The Church Times asked me to write briefly about John Hume who died yesterday. It will take generations to bring Northern Ireland to the point where it is at peace with itself, its painful memories and its history. But the … Continue reading

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A blessing and not ..

Why has it taken me so long to get into Podcasts? After all they provide what is missing from much of mainstream reporting – a chance to explore a subject in some depth and often with one of the ‘behind … Continue reading

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Vocation and Ministry Sunday

If you are old enough to remember Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-in, you will recall the dread fate of being stuck in a lift watching old Tony Curtis movies. I doing a bit of re-ordering old sermons at present – and … Continue reading

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Good Friday Thought for the Day

This is Thought for the Day on Good Friday morning on BBC Radio Scotland

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Easter Day at St Peter’s

Time I uploaded a sermon. I’m still acting as Interim Pastor at St Peter’s, Lutton Place, in Edinburgh. This is the Sermon from yesterday – with thanks to Giles Fraser for his piece in Saturday’s Guardian and to Martyn Percy … Continue reading

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A thought in the midst of Brexit

Another Thought for the Day in the Brexit turmoil.

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John the Baptist strikes back

Interim Ministry is a strange thing – it’s seven months now since I went to St Peter’s, Lutton Place, in Edinburgh.  It wasn’t an easy moment and I had some fairly difficult times at the beginning.  The Annual General Meeting … Continue reading

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Another Sermon from St Peter’s

I said that I would preach two sermons about the issues facing this – and every – congregation.  This is the second and it is about the challenges of decline and growth

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Looking to the future at St Peter’s

I’ve mentioned before that I am doing a period as Interim Pastor at St Peter’s, Lutton Place, in Edinburgh. As a congregation, they have had some difficult times and feelings run high. I’ve been doing quite a bit of listening … Continue reading

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Remembering ….

I was back in St Peter’s, Lutton Place, in Edinburgh this morning – as I am about two Sundays a month during my time as Interim Pastor. We used Wilfred Owen’s ‘Anthem for Doomed Youth’ as they did in the … Continue reading

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