what do you believe?

I haven’t published a sermon for a long time.  They’re available on the St Ninian’s website but it felt like following the events of the last weeks and months this was something that needed said.  You can listen and the text is below. [podbean resource=”episode=ss7dk-93db5f” type=”audio-rectangle” height=”100″ skin=”1″ btn-skin=”107″ share=”1″ fonts=”Helvetica” auto=”0″ download=”0″ rtl=”0″] A Read More …

Why, How, What…

Why? How?  What? Why do we do the things we do in the way we do them? I wonder what the most important part of the question is?  Is it the things that we do?  Is it the way that we do them?  Or is it the why? For me the ‘why’ is the most Read More …

I doubt it…

We come to the end of our journey through the Gospel of John this Sunday as we tackle john 20:19-31. It’s evening on Easter Day, the disciples are scared and locked in a room. Apart from Thomas.  He’s somewhere else. And Jesus appears. A whole load of stuff is happening in this short passage.  Jesus Read More …

That won’t work either

Several years ago I began a chapter in a book about the state of the Church of Scotland with these words, “This isn’t working!”.  I was talking then in particular about how as adults we don’t take learning very seriously in the church, but I think the statement applies more widely to the general malaise Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (11/3/18)

The questions we ask expose our priorities. Are you the king of the Jews? That’s Pilate’s question to Jesus in John 18:28-40.  That’s the only question that matters to a political governor.  Are you a problem for me?  But Pilate is asking the wrong questions… so Jesus asks some of his own. The exchange ends Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (25/2/18)

John 13:1-17 is about feet… Washing feet… dirty, smelly feet! We usually read this passage on Maundy Thursday so to deal with it this early in Lent gives us the chance to look at it in a very different context.  (We have skipped a chapter so it’s worth reading chapter 12… there are lots of Read More …

Sunday’s Coming (18/2/18)

John 11:1-44… Lazarus. Jesus’ friend. Dying. And what does Jesus do?  Something else.  There’s no hurry.  No rush to see him or any hint that he might save him.  So many miracles, so many strangers healed, made whole, restored… why not Lazarus? Again the story is laden with symbolism but there’s some real raw emotion Read More …