Exile

It’s almost Christmas.  For many churches that means nativity plays and carol services.  For Dunfermline URC those will come later so this morning presented a bit of a challenge.  How to preach on Christmas… before it’s Christmas. This is what I came up with.  Your thoughts and comments are very welcome. Sermon Text (for those Read More …

Ending an Exile?

Christmas is coming.  The end of the exile is near. Rob Bell says that: Exile is when you forget your story. Exile isn’t just about location; exile is about the state of your soul. Exile is when you fail to convert your blessings into blessings for others. Exile is when you find yourself a stranger Read More …

An Unconventional Christmas?

This week’s sermon almost didn’t happen.  I was really busy and thinking about simply rehashing last week’s offering.  But as I started to rework it I deleted it and started again.  And I’m glad I did.  As usual your comments, reactions and thoughts are most welcome. This sermon was preached on 14 December, the 3rd Read More …

john the baptist

A sneaky peek at Sunday’s sermon… Because of the way we arrange the Christmas story we sometimes forget that John and Jesus are the same age.  Remember John is Jesus’ cousin.  His mother is Elizabeth who was pregnant around the same time as Mary.  When John talks about scanning the crowds he’s looking for a Read More …

God is Gone

Christmas is coming The waiting begins It should be a time of joy and anticipation and yet the lectionary gives us Isaiah 64:1-9. 7 No-one calls on your name or strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from us and made us waste away because of our sins. God is Read More …

Thought for the day – Christ the King

Today’s sermon, preached at Barrhead URC. Why are you here?  Today?  Why did you choose to come here this morning?  When you come here, what do you find?  Why do you come back every week?  To meet your friends?  To sing songs, to listen to people me, to hear the Bible read? Your role in Read More …

good news for everybody?

I’ve just finished reading Velvet Elvis by Rob Bell.  I know it’s taken me a while to get round to this but I’m kind of glad I waited because I think I’m probably in a place now where it makes more sense to me that it might have when it came out a couple of Read More …