10 years of Street Pastors in Scotland

The tenth anniversary of Street Pastors in Scotland was celebrated by a debate and reception in the Scottish Parliament on 19/12/2017. The debate was secured by Murdo Fraser, MSP, and can be viewed here. Inverness was the first place in Scotland to invite the Street Pastors initiative and pioneered its introduction to the Highlands ten …

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Why did God create viruses?

Older people will remember the accusation, when they were young, against the existence of God – Why did God create viruses?  It was intended to be a rhetorical question.  Viruses are bad, full stop, so there is no good God.  These shrill voices have been mute for some time, but why? The development of gene …

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The liberation of Jerusalem 1917 and 1967

One hundred years ago today, Jerusalem was liberated during the first World War by the Egyptian Expeditionary Force (EEF) led by British forces.  It was a significant event in the long journey towards recognizing and re-establishing the state of Israel in the native homeland of the Jews. On 11th December 1917 British General Sir Edmund …

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Signs of the Times

We are living in interesting and significant times, with a number of notable anniversaries co-inciding. 31st October 2017 is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and the 100th anniversary of the Balfour Declaration. Martin Luther unwittingly commenced the Protestant Reformation when he posted his 95 Theses for discussion on the door of the Castle …

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Another pioneer dies – leaving an honourable, global and on-going legacy

On the day of John Glenn's funeral, another pioneer died. John Glenn, the first American astronaut to orbit the Earth, restored American prestige in 1962 when it seemed that the Soviet Union was moving ahead in the space race. A lesser known pioneer died today, aged 96 years old. However, his name is known to …

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A summary of the opening chapters of Ezekiel

To understand Scripture, one needs to understand texts and passages in context. So a summary of Scripture chapters can be very useful to help us understand the context. I have been doing so for years for my Bible commentary, an on-going work that will probably be published posthumously. However, this does not prevent extracts coming …

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Three providences at Belladrum

We had a great night as Street Pastors at the Belladrum Tartan Heart Music festival, just outside Beauly, a family-orientated event with a different emphasis compared to RockNess festival at Dores two months earlier. There were some remarkable providences. Not least, the weather was warm after a washout the night before. We had come prepared …

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