A Poor Woman in the Right Space

posted: 30 Apr 2009 comments: 1category:

img_06551 I was thinking we all make excuses. We often use our vulnerable sides as an excuse>It stops us dealng with issues. I was thinking about story Jesus told about the woman who put twopence into the offering. I started to thinkk maybe she was hiding behind her poverty. Allowing it to imprison her free spirit. Too oftrn ot suits us to say we can't do something even when we know we can't and we're oftrn quite relieved. It's strange isn't it? We all do it. We make excuses I...
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Time and Eternity on the Tannoy

posted: 27 Apr 2009 comments: 0category:

Recently I've been reflecting upon the whole notion of confidence.  We mere mortals need to be more humble as we pass through time into eternity. Especially those of the evangelical kind. Sometimes we can act as though we know everything, or we can give that impression. We leave no room for doubt or those who might want to question. Dare I say it, I'm sure when growing up I was even part of that merry band. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying we cannot speak...
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posted: 18 Apr 2009 comments: 0category:

I was visiting Glasgow the other day and i dropped into Renfield St Stephen's for some lunch. here was a reason for the visit but that is another story, for another time. the Church is based in the centre of the city and has a cafe that s opened most days. it was good to meet up with my friend peter who is the minister of the parish. Peter is a really interesting guy, he always has something thoughful and creative on the boil. After lunch he said to me " have you five...
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Burning with Pride in the Garden

posted: 15 Apr 2009 comments: 1category:

You know something my spirits were raise this afternoon, the gardener has turned up and cut my grass. Is this a sign of old age?  Or perhaps a sigh of relief that Mrs iTalker will be very very happy. I'm told that in the modern world of home decoration the garden has become an extension of your home. Indeed it is looked upon as another room. It is not enough to have an attractive house inside, your garden has to reflect your personality. Hence the increase in all...
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Resurrection a way of life?

posted: 12 Apr 2009 comments: 3category:

Its now Easter Sunday 2009. Later on today I'm going to use the text in Galatians 2.20 to try and explain to the congregation the impact that the death of Christ has on all of us who seek to be his disciple. In this section of the Epistle Paul writes these words" I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." Here we know that this...
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posted: 9 Apr 2009 comments: 1category:

I wrote this last week while travelling in the Atacama desert.  The Atacama is one of the driest places on Earth,[9] and is virtually sterile because it is blocked from moisture on both sides by the Andes mountains  by the Chilean Coast Range. Here in this hot dusty environment I began to think about the fate of Jesus hanging on a cross in the middle of a desert place. A place where the waste from the city is discarded. Humanity has a great ability to treat humanity...
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posted: 7 Apr 2009 comments: 2category:

Well I'm back in in Scotland after a busy couple of weeks moving around Peru. I was glad that Willie insisted that we get seats at the front of the plane. We arrived late into Amsterdam and just reached the checking in gate for Edinburgh before it closed. I don't think either of us could have stuck another six hours in an airport. Anyway big thanks to Willie, he was a great travelling companion, we got on well and I believe we managed to move our projects on a little...
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