Comments for Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:27:54 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Another day another thought #pisky by Wyn Beynon Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:27:54 +0000 Thank you. This is timely and simply profound. I’m reposting it on FB.

Comment on This is worth reading #pisky by James A Gomez Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:52:59 +0000 Thank you Bishop for that recommendation. If there are other publications ( perhaps older) that you think are worth a read please do tell me.

Comment on Nerys’ Ordination.  #pisky by Graham Vahey Sun, 04 Sep 2016 11:19:18 +0000 May God bless the continued priestly ministry of Nerys.

Comment on 15-30 Mbps! by Stuart Bonney Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:56:42 +0000 Is the church only interested in petrol prices an broadband speed in today’s world. Where are the statements about poverty and war and nuclear weapons.
Or even about the huge issues about Brexit and Scottish Independence.

Comment on The Somme  #pisky #anglican by david Sun, 03 Jul 2016 21:25:17 +0000 It’s the experience of going over the edge of human experience and coming back again. And trying to live as if not carrying the scars of that experience

Comment on Same Sex Marriage – where are we now  #pisky #anglican by Nigel Feilden Fri, 01 Jul 2016 14:16:46 +0000 Dear Bp David
As you say, some may have gone away from SEC GC 2016 with a degree of contentment. Others, if like me, have a degree of grief and anger which is a challenge in itself, to myself. I do not think you should assume, if you do so assume, that courteous speech implies aquiescence. You say that if the deletion of C31.1 goes ahead, then the SEC will “have a clear position based on the canonical position.” I put it to you that the current canonical position is clear and consistent with itself and with scripture, tradition, reason and the orthodox catholic Christian faith. If it is deleted, it is clear what is rejected, but quite unclear what it has been replaced by or on what grounds. I am completely in the dark as to what actual or hoped for good is supposed to accrue to that tiny minority of the population who take up SSM, let alone anyone else.
I note that Bp Bob Gillies wrote in his charge to this year’s A & O synod that he did not think the proposed change is in accordance with God’s will. Are you sure that he is wrong about this ? If so, it would be good to know how you reach that conclusion. Maybe you can persuade us. Perhaps you can tell us how Christians have discerned the mind of God wrongly in this matter for 2016 years and the Jews before that ? After all, God is not a man that He should change his mind – so He must have intended this from before creation.
I would like to bring to your attention what the leaders (who are not called bishops, but who fulfill that role) of Vineyard USA have published in response to similar issues in their group of congegations. It seems to me something of a model of how this should be done.
It is 90 pages long – not a quick read.
May God bless you in your difficult and important tasks.
Nigel Feilden, Inverurie

Comment on The Somme  #pisky #anglican by Graham Vahey Fri, 01 Jul 2016 08:41:44 +0000 Like the Holy Mysteries the Somme and WW1 and WW2 are indelible on my mind. It is difficult to put into any meaningful words. Such atrocities were conducted. My Dad was buried alive by the Germans at Dunkirk, to be dug out by the Maquis and found to their shock that this RAOC driver only wore a Birkenhead Corporation Bus Driver’s uniform as the government did not have enough uniforms to equip everyone. At 6 I was machine gunner by a German pilot of an ME109. He tried many times to get me but I hid in a doorway with shattered tiles all around me. Her then flew slowly and low past me and waved. If I met him today I would recognise him. I trembled until recently and felt faint if u heard the German language, Reading Fr Deitrich Bonhiffer helped me begin to get over my fear if anything German. I met a German my age and we were wary of each other but he was a German Lutheran and suffered at the hands of the Nazis as a child and he hid in the forests living off berries and stealing food to survive. We sat for hours in a cafe in Glasgow fighting back tears and unable to speak. There are no words to describe such terrible mysteries.

Comment on A Thought for a momentous Day #pisky by Thelma Milne Fri, 24 Jun 2016 10:19:15 +0000 Thank you Bishop David for your ‘Thought for Today’ After hearing so much bad tempered and ill considered debate over the past few weeks – politicians, public and press alike, it is both refreshing and heartening to read your message. May our country be guided by more voices like yours in the weeks and months ahead.

Comment on Being here before #pisky by John Faris Thu, 16 Jun 2016 20:19:14 +0000 Not wishing to take away from your grand father’s pastoral involvement with Dev, simply to comment that Rev James Irwin of Lucan Presbyterian had a long friendship with him, allegedly sheltering him in his manse in Killead Co Antrim during the early 1920s and then helping him with the bit in the constitution about “recognising” other churches, while the RC church had a special place. Apparently also it was Dev who dropped a word to the hierearchy that the Fethard on sea boycott of Protestants in the late 1950s must stop.

Comment on Parish Church of St George, Belfast #pisky by david Wed, 15 Jun 2016 13:34:44 +0000 Yes – and there is the curious thing of not quite being able to get in touch with your former self. But then it is a while ago!

Comment on Parish Church of St George, Belfast #pisky by Graham Vahey Wed, 15 Jun 2016 08:22:55 +0000 I agree; it’s difficult to go back to where we all started. It’s all so familiar yet no longer us. Brought up in an evangelical C of E church with 500 Sunday Schoolchildren and 50 teachers with young men always away to theological training and now that same church has a handful of folk and no children. The Vicar does not robe but celebrates in jeans and a jumper! The curious change for me was that the rifle rack at the west door had gone! That seemed to epitomise change for me. It also enhanced what I had learned about regular Bible reading as a basis for worship and it enhanced my love of our more Catholic worship.

Comment on Not in God’s name #pisky by Jimmy Mcphee Wed, 25 May 2016 19:54:09 +0000 Herrenvolk.

From the corner of my eye
I can almost see
in a recess of my mind
something dark is watching me
Moving in shadows
but not caused by light
emanating darkness

Held at the gate
by the keeper of the keys
kept in quarantine like a disease
Endlessly pacing
the confines of it’s cell
Glaring defiantly
with the venom of hell

Here is
The accuser of my soul
the robber of my peace

Here is
The hand of iron
fashioned in a cross
fashioned to deceive

Here is
The God of racial supremacy
the master of the master race
the destroyer of worlds

And from you where can I flee
to the highest mountain or the deep blue sea
I will take you there with me.

I offer this as a comment and ask that it may not appear
should you consider it inappropriate.

Comment on Churchless Christians #pisky by Jimmy Mcphee Thu, 19 May 2016 21:12:15 +0000 Some year ago I was a member of a Baptist church.
But one day out of the blue the minister told me that I had been removed from the members roll because I had not been attending enough meetings.
I had no warning of this beforehand and no pastoral visit afterward to see how I was doing. I felt deeply hurt and was very distressed.
All in all it was a graceless act to get rid of me because I am a Traveller.
After a while I realized that I didn’t need anyone’s approval or permission to be a Christian.
The Holy Spirit is at work in the world after all that’s where the people are.

Comment on St Andrews, St Andrews by Karen Gaskell Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:53:39 +0000 So if the Pope is an example for discipleship, as you say, we need to show the warmth, humanity, compassion – all rooted in prayer….

Comment on The baptism of Esme Rose by Karen Gaskell Mon, 18 Apr 2016 19:44:26 +0000 Thank you for sharing this sermon with us, one of your best I think, resurrection thoughts inspired by the love and inspiration of human family past and present within the context of church family.