The Scottish Referendum – Four Years On

Four years ago I wrote this on the day we voted to see whether Scotland would become an Independent country. The deed is done. I voted. And for the first time in decades I feel that my vote actually counts and matters. Democracy has returned to Scotland. Nobody died. There were no riots. No-one invaded. There were no bombs. And my vote matters. I am … Continue reading The Scottish Referendum – Four Years On

Persuasive Music

John Calvin argued that of all the gifts God has given us – music is the most powerful. Churches have spent a great deal of time discussing the role of music in public praise. However when we discuss the more general role of music in society, it is often in a condemnatory way. Is there such a thing as Christian music? What does secular music … Continue reading Persuasive Music

Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness

  This week I listened to a Bishop on the radio talking about cancer. I thought it might be helpful but to be honest it was weak. He made the valid point that serious illness, like cancer, teaches us that we are frail.  And that was it.  I agree of course that though we may intellectually acknowledge we are frail, it is often only when … Continue reading Help, Hope and Healing for those Heading to Hospital or faced with Illness

Cast Your Bread on the Waters

 Cast your bread on the waters; after many days you may receive a return. (Ecclesiastes 11:1) I had the privilege of preaching on this verse in Charlotte Chapel Baptist Church in Edinburgh yesterday. It was a joy in more ways than one. To have a congregation of some 700 people packed into this building to worship Jesus Christ in the centre of Edinburgh, in a … Continue reading Cast Your Bread on the Waters