Minister’s Blog 23 February 2020

In the Shakespeare play, “Twelfth Night”, a young woman, Viola, is shipwrecked and disguises herself as a man in order to enter into the service of the Duke of Orsino. The Duke despatches Viola, now disguised as a man, to the woman the Duke loves, Olivia, in order to convince Olivia of the Duke’s love…

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Minister’s Blog 16 February 2020

“Where sits our sullen, sulky dame, gathering her brows like a gathering storm, nursing her wrath to keep it warm” Robert Burns, “Tam O’Shanter” (1790) It’s a powerful image that Burns creates here. A wife waiting up late at night for the return of her drunken husband in order to give him a piece of…

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Minister’s Blog 2 February 2020

One of the things you cannot escape these days is advertising. It’s on our TV’s newspapers, online news feeds and is even slipped into our subconscious thoughts through product placement. Most adverts follow a similar line of thought, that you are fortunate if you use this product. Or, alternatively, if you don’t use this product,…

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Minister’s Blog 26 January 2020

One of the things I can tell you about myself with absolute certainty is that I am an extremely consistent fisherman. Whether it’s fly fishing on rivers and reservoirs or sea fishing from a boat, a jetty or from the beach makes no difference at all. Even fishing from the bank of a river produces…

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Minister’s Blog 19 January 2020

Imagine that were two people who attended a church. Person A came every week and always attended special services. They knew the creeds and could refer you to a bible quotation for a given situation. They could recite the beatitudes and the ten commandments without error. They read about theology extensively and demonstrated a sound…

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Minister’s Blog 12 January 2020

One of the perks of being a minister is being involved in the marriage of a couple. Weddings are rightly a huge celebration where a couple commit to sharing their life from this point on together. While individual vows may vary, they all contain the same essential points. Out of love for one another, they…

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Minister’s Blog 5 January 2020

A lot of the great stories in the western world have at their heart the quest, a journey towards a specific goal. From the first examples of “The Iliad” and “the Odyssey” to modern day classics like “The Lord of the Rings”, a hero will be called to set out on a quest. They will…

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Minister’s Blog 22 December 2019

One of the big debates in our house at Christmas is which person in the Richard Curtis film “Love Actually” has the best story? Obviously, there is a right answer, (Colin Firth), but a lot of the comedy in the film comes from what being in love makes people do. Love has this ability to…

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Minister’s Blog 15 December 2019

It can be pretty easy to miss the joy of Christmas. Given the number of things to do, it can seem like a giant hassle as we try and get all the gifts, food and events sorted out among the throngs of people all trying to do the same. Or, alternatively, we can become sickened…

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Minister’s Blog 1 December 2019

I write these blogs every week in the hope that someone might get something out of them. In truth, I have no idea how, or even if, they are received. And it occurs to me that using the word “hope” in these circumstances has become how we understand hope today. Someone mentions they are going…

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Minister’s Blog 24 November 2019

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. As humans we have a tendency to look at our world or our lives and lament the way things were. We look back into our past with affection and wish that things today could be more like the way we remember them. Because the world has changed from…

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