A Prayer for the New Year – 2018

I used to find it really helpful at the New Year, not only to reflect on the Year that is past, but also to make ‘resolutions’ for the year that lies ahead. The usual ones (lose weight, exercise more, be more organised, manage my finances better, be nicer on social media, get off social media!) seldom lasted beyond the end of January. This year I … Continue reading A Prayer for the New Year – 2018

Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?

“David, would you like to come on Good Morning Scotland, to discuss John Finnies bill on banning smacking” It was something I did not really want to do – for many reasons, not least it is hard to discuss when the question is usually set up as ‘why do you want children to be assaulted?”. But my golden rule as regards these kind of things … Continue reading Is Physical Discipline of a Child Assault?

The Birks of Aberfeldy, Modern Art, Hygge, the Oldest Living thing on earth and the Best Bookshop in Scotland?

We are currently on a wee break in Kenmore, in the heart of the Perthshire Highlands. And I’ve fulfilled three things on my bucket list. Walked the Birks of Aberfeldy….stunning…not to be missed.   Bonnie lassie, will ye go, Will ye go, will ye go, Bonnie lassie, will ye go To the birks of Aberfeldy! Now Simmer blinks on flowery braes, And o’er the crystal … Continue reading The Birks of Aberfeldy, Modern Art, Hygge, the Oldest Living thing on earth and the Best Bookshop in Scotland?

The Wit and Wisdom of Michel Roux – An Afternoon in Gleneagles

(Gleneagles Hotel) It was a fascinating afternoon –  an interview  at Gleneagles Hotel between Michelle Roux’s senior and Andrew Fairlie,  two of the top chefs in the world.   When I bought the tickets it was originally for Annabel, as I did not think it would be my cup of tea –  but it turned out I was wrong. I found the whole thing absolutely fascinating … Continue reading The Wit and Wisdom of Michel Roux – An Afternoon in Gleneagles

Why we won’t be renewing our Wedding Vows

Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster have renewed their wedding vows  in  a small private ceremony in England and they intend to do so again in a grand ceremony next year in Italy. The 45 year old model said that she and her 71 year knight had the ceremony so that their new house could be ‘blessed’.  They have been married ten years. http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/homenews/14682569.Sir_Rod_Stewart_and_Penny_Lancaster_renew_wedding_vows_to_help_bless_new_home/ Today I … Continue reading Why we won’t be renewing our Wedding Vows

In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day – A Rainbow over St Peters

I don’t often like writing about  my own congregation, St Peters.    But yesterday was such an encouraging day that I thought I would make an exception. As we drove home from the church last I saw this double rainbow in a perfect arch over St Peters –  it was a beautiful symbol, not of man’s rebellion against God, but of God’s grace towards humanity. And … Continue reading In the Spirit on the Lord’s Day – A Rainbow over St Peters