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 …

Sunday’s Coming (18/3/18)

The Gospel of John is about revelation. Who is Jesus? Who are we? All the encounters we have witnessed as we journeyed through this Gospel tell us the truth about Jesus, the people he met, and about ourselves. The trial before Pilate lays bare humanity. Our humanity. It shows us just where power really lies 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 …

Could SOUP in your church change the world

Who else needs your space? My churches hosting co-working revelation got me thinking… Church halls have often been a hive of activity with anything from Boys’ Brigade to dance classes and slimming clubs. That’s all good. But who are you missing? How can you help your community to engage with each other and make things better? Read More …

Church as Co-working Space

I came across an article about church as a space for co-working yesterday. It was one of those moments when you think that something is so obvious you can’t believe everyone isn’t already doing it! We know that working patterns have changed.  Loads of people work from home now.  That’s great.  You don’t have to Read More …

What’s next?

Does church maintain the status quo?  We talk a good game about transformation and renewal but are we organisationally set up to avoid it? Broken Rhythms This isn’t a new question for me. I remember thinking about it when I was training for youth work at Jordanhill in 1991.  Apparently other people had been thinking Read More …