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Trinitarian meditation

I compiled the prayer during my morning devotions as I felt the need to focus my mind on the Trinity and the interaction within it. It is closer to poetry than prose, this is deliberate it wants to have a sense of dance behind it. It references various Bible references, theological ideas and other Christian […]

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So what is so holy about being poor?

This is a late addition to a series of posts I made and it is in response to Bishop Philip North’s Hope for the Poor which he gave at New Wine in August. It is a good piece of writing and thought-provoking. I am for urban ministry and if you got this far in this […]

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The Myth of Theocracy

Let me start by saying what this is not about. It is not another debugging of the idea that there existed theocracies anywhere in the world, be it Geneva under Calvin, Scotland under Knox or the Pilgrim Father’s in America. I do not believe they thought that they had a theocracy; it is what others […]

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Ethnographic Reflection on Praying the Rosary

 Background I have been attending St Matthews Carver Street at the evening (6 pm) Mass. I suspect it is done partly as it gives a time the priest can be quite contemplative while praying the Mass and partly so members of St Matthew’s Carver Street who cannot make the morning Mass have another opportunity. Whatever […]

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Pilgrim Path

past the water channel that marks the boundary of the arrow-grass salt marsh we finally step out onto mudflats then awkwardly hop about as we remove clumsy boots tie ┬álaces together and hang them from our packs then roll our trousers above the knee in preparation for the traverse cautiously we move trying to avoid […]

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You May be United Reformed If

You think the right colour to paint a church is blue Your Church sells Marmalade to raise money Your Church has a walking group On receiving an important document you first proof read it You regularly make soup in large quantities Psalm 23 is ok but nothing compared with the Scottish Psalters version of Psalm […]

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The Reformed Look

This church should feel very familiar to many people in the URC; the plain wood, the clear glass the white washed walls, and the communion table at the centre in the front with a pulpit above and the Bible open. If it was not for the red carpet you’d almost be sure you were in […]

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A Restless People

Firstly I have reached a bit of an impasse. I seem to be totally confused about what has been put into my local congregations Newsletter. So what I am going to do is keep posting them to the editor when finished and putting up Monthly one here, but the order will not be the same […]

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Responding through the tradition

The coupling of powerful ideaswith each able to stir the imaginationthat pull against the otherfalling into no easy resta turbulent route thathas dangerous falls on one sidea whirlpool that will suck us inthere is no quiet water betweenthe only way to move forwardis to use the force of oneto balance the other. Is it surprising […]

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As I write this I am about to go on holiday (yes it was written well in advance) and amongst my plans are to do a few walks, not particularly difficult walks, maybe one out to take photos of a lighthouse, a walk around a RSPB site I have not visited before, a couple of […]