My two Inverness landladies

One of my Inverness chapters came to an end this afternoon. I stood by the open grave of Isabel Margaret Grant (1927-2018), the first of my two landladies when I was a student for the Christian ministry during two years 1980-1982 in Inverness. On the gravestone were the names of her parents, above her brother …

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Christian scribes

The scribes and Pharisees were opposed to Jesus and His teaching. Jesus accused them of hypocrisy: 'Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you close the kingdom of heaven against mankind: for you neither go in yourselves, neither do you allow those entering to have entered’ Mat 23:13. He also exposed the inadequacy of …

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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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