Up hill and down

Today began where the last sermon left off… The Lord’s Prayer. This was my first time in the church of the paternoster where the lords prayer adorns the walls in languages from all over the world. We spotted Scottish gaelic and Doric (a dialect of Scots). My sermon the other week was about focusing on Read More …

Long road

At 3am to drive to Manchester to meet the young people in our group and my colleague Leo from North Western Synod at the airport. We arrived in Jerusalem early this evening to be met by good friends. It was so good to see them and doesn’t seem like a year since we last met. Read More …

always available

My name is Stewart and I have a problem. Over at We Live Simply Jonathan is thinking about ‘downtime’. His thoughts really made me think. We probably all have a sense that we are more available than we used to be.  The mobile phone sorted that out.  But the smart phone has taken our availability Read More …

#ashcloud effects

I’m not going anywhere, I’m not planning to go anywhere and I’m not stuck anywhere… but the big cloud of volcanic ash has altered my plans for this week. I was supposed to collect a group of 11 Hungarian youth workers at Edinburgh airport tonight but that’s not happening as European airspace remains closed. That Read More …

making invisible visible

This weekend was the United Reformed Church’s Synod of Scotland meeting.  For the last few of years Youth Forum for 12-16 year-olds has met alongside Synod.  This year, following FURY Assembly’s plea to highlight the plight of the Invisible Children of Uganda, Youth Forum spent the weekend considering how we could tell the story of Read More …

North

When you drive up the M6 the signs eventually start to say NORTH.  I’ve always wondered where that place is because the end of the M6 is Scotland but if you keep going long enough you get to what might actually be the place signposted as NORTH… Thurso. We have just returned from visiting NORTH Read More …

the problem of expectation

Whose expectations are you trying to meet?  And why? People have expectations of us.  At work our boss, our colleagues, our constituents, congregations or customers all have lots of expectations of us, each one as different as they are. Who sets these expectations and who decides when and if you have met or exceeded them? Read More …