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Discipleship

In response to an earlier post, a colleague reminded me that the future does not rest upon ministers and church staff working harder but upon upon the whole people of God. He also stressed the importance of training so that the tasks of ministry can be shared more widely allowing freedom and space for all … Continue reading Discipleship

For you

It’s become a cliche to say, ‘the church is the people.’ But it warrants repeating. The Church is nothing without people! The Church is not the building or administrative structures, important as these are. Neither is the Kirk the sum of her courts, councils, fora, committees or Presbytery offices. At this time of celebrating the … Continue reading For you

Sharing Jesus’ ministry

I pulled the bin liner, tight, up to my elbow, closed my eyes, and plunged my hand into the toilet. After a couple of grasps, the blue paper towels were out and the U-bend was clear. That’s the last thing I did last night before leaving the church building. I had been doing a Covid … Continue reading Sharing Jesus’ ministry

(Sub)Urban spirituality

A while back I mentioned commentators that suggest contemporary representations of Celtic Spirituality probably say more about the felt needs of Christians today than they accurately describe historical Celtic practice (here). I’m not sure who I may be plagiarising here, but I’m certain many have noted that with increasing urbanisation, industrialisation and rapid technological advances, … Continue reading (Sub)Urban spirituality

Greater love

There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. John 15:13 (NLT) If we asked Jesus who are the friends in question? He would probably reply with a story, “a man was travelling from Jerusalem to Jericho…” I think a big question for the Kirk today is whether we are … Continue reading Greater love

Choose your crisis

Is it too early to gauge whether Cop26 has been a success? I’ve been persuaded to abandon cynicism by a more optimistic friend who suggested that the fringe activities may have helped encourage and inspire people to care for our world. However, I’m unqualified to comment on whether, or not, the interactions of world leaders … Continue reading Choose your crisis

The World’s most urgent need is…not Climate Change!

Twitter is mainly enraged at what appears to be a banner outside of a church building in Glasgow. It reads: The World’s most urgent need is churches preaching Christ crucified not climate change To be fair, some opponents have agreed with the exact statement, if not the sentiment. The world really does not need climate … Continue reading The World’s most urgent need is…not Climate Change!

Salty

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. Matthew 5.1 ESV The Church of Scotland seems to be in disarray. There is panic at the rate … Continue reading Salty

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