Roddy’s Muck Paws Move

Roddy Hamilton has moved church to Bearsden: New Kilpatrick recently so his invaluable Chocolate Teapots and bits and pieces of inspired words for worship, Mucky Paws, are now housed at Listening to the Stones.  Always worth a visit.

Being Alone, Together

Yesterday I wrote about running alone and how parkrun might give people like the chance to ‘run alone together’ (as Leo said in his comment). John Orr took the thought and expanded it to church. I like when that happens. His question was ‘How can we create opportunities for people to join in without having Read More …

Processing Lent

There’s a tension in youth work between process and product. We talk more and more about ‘outcomes’ and ‘results’ and ‘objectives’ which are all about the product, the end result.  We are more and more scared of process because it’s hard to measure and define. It’s easy to make Easter all about the product.  But Read More …

spit it out

On Sunday I preached on Jeremiah 31: 27-34.  I think that had I not listened to Rob Bell’s sermon podcast on Ezekiel 18 I’d have preached about something else… but the idea of ‘sour grapes’ and ‘paying for the sins of our fathers’ got me. ‘The parents have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth Read More …

Weaving Worship

The Mission and Discipleship Council of the Church of Scotland invites you to the beautiful Paisley Abbey to explore ways of doing worship that celebrates and nourishes our whole life together as well as engage people who are not connected with us. Main Speaker: Doug Gay, lecturer in Practical Theology at Glasgow University There will Read More …

How you say it

I’ve just watched David Miliband’s speech launching his bid to be Labour leader.  He seems like a good guy.  He said all the right things.  Hope, justice, equality…  But I wasn’t inspired. Sometimes inspiration is as much how you say it as what you say. I’m sitting thinking about a sermon for Sunday.  It’s Pentecost, Read More …

Spill the Beans

Some very gifted people I know have been working on a lectionary based all age worship resource with a Scottish flavour. It’s called Spill The Beans and you can download the pilot materials which cover the period from Easter to Pentecost and give them a try. Download Spill The Beans and remember to let them Read More …