East Renfrewshire Good Causes [Mark 12:28-34a; 1Timothy 6:17-19]

I remember this advice from school, advice I suspect you received, too: answer the question you’re asked, and not the one you wish you had been asked! Stick to the point, because there are no points for wandering off the topic. I am greatly encouraged that Jesus doesn’t follow that advice. He goes gloriously off …

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A longer view [Genesis 18:1-14]

Andrei Rublev - the Trinity (section) In one of the congregations where I was placed to learn the business of ministry, I met a pensioner. He told me that his faith life had blossomed since his retirement. For the last seven or so years, he said, he had experienced a delightful flowering of his trust …

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Encircled in prayerful love [Ecclesiastes 4:9-12; 1 John 3:11-18]

Here’s a quick physics problem. You’re cycling along the road: is the weight of bike and rider held in position by the few spokes which are, at each moment, pointing down to the ground from the axle? Or, is the mass actually suspended from the top of the wheel through the spokes which are pointing …

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Place, people and presence [Malachi 1:10-13a, Matthew 28:16-20]

Which matters more: the place where you are, or the people who are present with you? Much of the time the two go hand in hand, and, in practice, we set up places where we meet the people who are important to us. Church is a good example. Sometimes, though, we need to separate the …

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Conflict and co-operation [Matthew 8:18-22]

Walking the majority of the northern section of the Whithorn Pilgrim Way is pleasant and easy. Whether strolling through parkland or by the sea, west central Scotland manages to combine countryside and convenience. You can walk all the way from Glasgow to Maybole and never be more than fifteen minutes walk from a Morrison’s supermarket, …

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