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
As its the end of the year and we have just returned from celebrating Christmas with my folks in the Highland village of Portmahomack, I thought I would end the year with this reflection from 2002 – which is still appropriate today. I’ll let you into a small secret. There is a place not a million miles from Portmahomack where one can get a real … Continue reading A Taste of Heaven
Today we celebrate 25 years in St Peters – I wrote the following article for the St Peters website It is a humbling and joyful thing to still be here after 25 years – in the joys and pains the Lord has preserved and blessed us. “Go, stand in the temple courts,” he said, “and tell the people all about this new life. At daybreak … Continue reading 25 Years at St Peters
It’s a long haul from Sydney to Edinburgh and it gives one plenty time to reflect – as long as the turbulence does not get too great – even as I write the seatbelt signs have come on. I guess I shouldn’t have watched this video before I left! Did I mention that I hate flying?! Although Business class does have its compensations! When … Continue reading Is Australia the New Jerusalem?
“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?
There must be an awful lot of Christian orphanages in India because every week I get an e-mail from yet another brother full of pleading pietistic language asking me to ‘pray’ for (ie. give money to) their essential work. I don’t even bother replying now – I have no idea how many are genuine and I have no way of finding out – but I … Continue reading My Joy is Going to Uganda
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?
(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
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
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