Political activity has been at a premium across the UK in the last few years with decisions being taken about the Scottish constitution, the European Union and our own parliamentary representatives at Holyrood and Westminster. As we read this we will no doubt be in the run up to voting in the next round of elections. Regardless of our political persuasions one thing we can all agree on is this; there have been big changes in the political map of the UK. Continue reading
Our world thrives on material things. For some parts of the world, predominantly westernised nations, it is to consume and to consume some more. For other parts of the world, predominantly the two-thirds majority world, the idea of such a life and existence is the dream which is flaunted before them. Coupled with this is the fame game. The desire for other people to know our name, for them to hold us in high regard, that is something worth living for! And sadly, even within the church, the lure of the material and the desire for self-aggrandisement is never too far away. Continue reading
Cherry blossoms are a big deal in Japan. As spring progresses there is expectation in the air. Many across the country are waiting to see the trees erupt into full bloom. People travel the length and breadth of Japan for the simple purpose of getting the chance to soak up the wonder of nature. There is even a cherry blossom forecast estimating which date is likely to be the best for witnessing the spectacle. Continue reading
Last weekend Jennifer and I were able to gather with others for the OMF Scottish conference through in Arbroath. Typically for Scotland the rain was on hand making an appearance and I’m glad it did. It allowed me to see a wonderful scene; over the north sea there was a rainbow, its colours cascading out of the clouds into the sea, reminding me of the God who does not change. It is good to be reminded of this because the world around us exists in a constant state of transition and change mainly due to the forces of globalization. Continue reading
With the rise of secularism in Scotland, and the western world in general, there has been a concurrent agenda forced upon the church or indeed any faith group. Its origins were simple enough and the spread of it has been infectious; faith or belief are not things which should be discussed outside of the private sphere. Continue reading
Why is the human heart so determined to grab hold of things which we have no right to? A simple look around our world will prove this point to be true. Having been to see the most recent cinematic production of Macbeth it is clear to see that Shakespeare understood this. The fatally flawed warrior who would be king is an excellent insight into the huge contradiction which runs directly through every person. Continue reading
For many people social media has become incorporated into the daily routine of life. It has been a great thing and there are many reasons for this. But how often do we stop to think about how we are using this means of communication? Further still, what we are saying through it and why? Holding to a Luddite mentality is futile. Instead one of the topics Christians need to think through is how to engage with this platform of communication in the full view of an on looking digital society.