OSCR May Investigate Failing Presbyteries

posted: 26 May 2011 comments: 0category:

A vote to the status quo may sound safe but the Kirk may end up walking a tight rope. Doing nothing may end up costing some congregations and Presbyteries dearly. Why am i saying this ? Read on. The General Assembly rejected the proposal for reform of the Presbyteries that had been laid before them by the Panel Review and Reform. It was always going to be a challenging concept for many in the church. Larger Presbyteries with full time staff running the day to day...
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Same -Sex Relationships and the Ministry - the Press got it Wrong!

posted: 24 May 2011 comments: 13category:

I listened with interest on the comments relating to General Assembly's position on the ordination of people in same-sex relationships. On the whole the exchange between the commissioners was respectful and polite. The Moderator David Arnott handled the proceedings with a certain amount of humour and a great amount of integrity. Both he and Lord Hodge, who was presenting the Report got a standing ovation. Reflecting on the debate itself there was very little...
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Roll Away the Stone… but Whose Got It?

posted: 23 May 2011 comments: 0category:

It wasn't quite T in the Park but the Roll Away The Stone event, was a brave attempt during what will be a very contentious Assembly Week to celebrate some of the outstanding things that the Church of Scotland and the church in Scotland do to serve the nation. One quick witted minister speaking of the event remarked with his best Kelvinside accent that he preferred to steer away from abbreviations. He certainly wasn't up for the the shortened version of RATS in the the...
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Vine Trust - Centre For Global Citizenship

posted: 22 May 2011 comments: 1category:

Its official we're looking for a third ship. So if you know of anyone selling a Fleet Tender get in touch. Lest you think we're slowing down at the Vine Trust it won't be long until our latest addition to the fleet comes on stream. I'm talking of course about the barge that is just about renovated. If you take a walk down to Leith and find your way to the sign that says Imperial Dock and look across the water you'll see the barge. This is going to become the...
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Dylan and the General Assembly The Courage To be Change Makers

posted: 21 May 2011 comments: 0category:

I've just spent the last hour watching a programme on BBC Channel 4 all about the life and times of Bob Dylan. It made me cast my mind back to the first time I heard about Dylan. I think I was in 2nd year at Secondary School. I was talking about music to a classmate, I think it might have been Sam Elder. He told me about this singer called Dylan. He said he was a poet and that he had something to say. As the General Assembly meets this week would the average...
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A Great Night With "We See Lights" At Linlithgow

posted: 14 May 2011 comments: 3category:

Last night history was made the Bogle Boys (The Bogle Boys are you've guessed it a father and son act. Well, act might be too definative) appeared at the Linlithgow Rose Club. Now let me say, this is a famous club. It can boast of some amazing acts having performed there including the world famous Susan Boyle. So you can be sure it was indeed an amazing honour to get the chance to sing and be accompanied by two of the members of 'We See Lights" this means I can now add...
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Preacher John Reconstructed 25 Years Later

posted: 11 May 2011 comments: 6category:

You may recall a few posts back that I was telling you all about the story of Preacher John. Well here is the reconstructed version of the song 25 years later. This is the song I wrote for John Stuart's Induction yes 25 years ago. I grateful to my songwriting partner Iain Jamieson for putting down the soundtrack and for the creative input of Campbell Dye a past member of the Bogle Band and who worked on the keys and fills. Let hear what you think of this version....
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