Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response

My phone has hardly stopped ringing over the past couple of days, with journalists from different news organisations desperate for information and ‘an informed opinion’ about the recent tragic death of Iain D Campbell.     It still disappoints me that in a world where people are being killed, this is considered so newsworthy that it merits so many column inches and so much gossip. … Continue reading Tragedy in Lewis – A Pastoral Response

Songs of Praise, the Island of Lewis, Donald Trump and the Religion of the BBC

It was wonderful to hear that Songs of Praise, the flagship BBC religious programme, was to come from the Island of Lewis – the home island of my wife and apparently more significantly the home island of President-Elect Donald Trumps mother.    I looked forward to hearing some Gaelic psalm singing, traditional hymns and perhaps a couple of Celtic praise songs. http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b08bb6rg/songs-of-praise-isle-of-lewis So what did … Continue reading Songs of Praise, the Island of Lewis, Donald Trump and the Religion of the BBC

The Dawkins Letters outselling The God Delusion!

I am writing this from Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis – the last time I was here was when I spoke at the Lewis book festival – just ahead of Richard Dawkins.  Coming into the airport set me to reflecting on that and reminded me of this wee Christmas ‘video’ card we made!  This was three years ago – and again it was a … Continue reading The Dawkins Letters outselling The God Delusion!

A Short Reflection for Remembrance Sunday

On Remembrance Sunday its good to remember not only those who died, but the society which they died for. On Sunday 26th May 1940 King George VI called a National Day of Prayer for the nation. The country heeded the call. When the Lewis soldiers left Stornoway on their troop ship, the crowds gathered at the pier and sang Ps 46 in Gaelic to send … Continue reading A Short Reflection for Remembrance Sunday