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Ministry of Word and Sacrament?

A question about ministry has concerned me for a while. It regards the concept of ‘Ministry of Word and Sacrament’ which is the primary view of formal ministry in my denomination. Of all the examples of ministry depicted in the New Testament, how did ministry of word and sacrament emerge as the front runner? And … Continue reading Ministry of Word and Sacrament?

Parish Minister or Parish Manager?

I recently flicked through the Church of Scotland’s in-house magazine ‘Life and Work.’ It was the September 2020 issue and as usual it asked a ‘Big Question’ of a group of parish ministers. The specific question related to how the respondents had maintained spiritual health during lockdown. And although a breadth of theology was represented, … Continue reading Parish Minister or Parish Manager?

What’s in a name?

In Scotland we have many different words for rain. They all refer to water falling from the sky but the different terms introduce nuances in the way and speed the water is falling. Some translations of the New Testament use the word ‘preach’ where the original text recognises more nuance. For example where the NIV … Continue reading What’s in a name?

Some Questions about Preaching

For more than a decade, I’ve been preaching almost every weekend. In preacher terms, that qualifies me as a relative noob. In that time a number of questions have stuck in my mind concerning what I’m doing when I attempt to preach. Here are a few. When does speaking become preaching? What is preaching trying … Continue reading Some Questions about Preaching

What is Preaching?

If you already know the answer to that question, then likely this blog will disappoint you. For the last 15 years I’ve been a Preacher in some capacity. But I’ve always had a nagging question; is this what preaching is meant to be? I’ve been fortunate to learn from some great Preachers, each with their … Continue reading What is Preaching?


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