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From Afar

October 1, 2015

Every day, I look at my Facebook page. Because most of my family live 3,000 miles away in Scotland, it's about the only regular contact I have with them. I like to read their comments and see what they are doing. I like to share a few …( read more )

Calming Troubled Hearts

September 17, 2015

We all suffer from troubled hearts and minds at times. We worry about our families and friends; we are sometimes anxious about our health or work; we are even concerned about our churches and communities, as well as the world that we live …( read more )

An Old Joke

September 7, 2015

Like most pastors, I'm often jokingly told that our jobs are easy because we work only one day a week. Usually, I laugh along with the person, who thinks that this is exceedingly funny, but within my heart, I'm actually weeping for myself …( read more )

Winemaker

August 23, 2015

Even these days, a person who could turn water into wine would be very popular and handy to have at any wedding. Despite this, Christ's first miracle seemed to be unknown to most of the wedding party, in the midst of all the celebrating …( read more )

His Last Miracle

August 7, 2015

It was His last miracle. When Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, one of His disciples tried to defend Christ with a sword and ended up cutting off the ear of one of the high priest's guards. It was a valiant effort, but a …( read more )

Rebuilding The Church

July 27, 2015

There's a lot of rebuilding that needs to be done in many denominations. The conflicts that we've all been involved in over the last three decades have taken their toll. Worship wars, culture wars, marriage wars, and atonement wars have …( read more )

Forty Years Ago

July 11, 2015

Forty years ago today, I tried to take my own life by overdosing myself with the tranquilizers that I was taking. I was eighteen years old, very selfish and self-centred. I wanted to end my life as a means of punishing my parents for the …( read more )

Why, God? Why?

June 19, 2015

The inhumane horror that was unleashed Wednesday night at a Bible study in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, USA, is impossible to understand. Many of the victims' families and friends, as well as …( read more )

Just Like Jesus

June 14, 2015

There are some days when I desperately need Jesus to walk beside me, to show me the kingdom of God, and to heal my hurts and disappointments, my anxieties and fears, as well as my sickness and sadness. In my heart, I know that only He can …( read more )

A Second Chance

June 5, 2015

This parable about the unfruitful fig tree is all about second chances. The parable relates to us the real ministry of Christ. He is sent among us to reclaim us for God's kingdom. He works hard at preparing the way for our salvation. He …( read more )

Topsy-Turvy Teacher

May 20, 2015

One of the earliest images of Jesus that most of us have is usually of Him playing with and surrounded by children. Most church nurseries have pictures hanging on their walls with similar drawings. The best picture that I have ever seen …( read more )

A New Princess

May 6, 2015

It's official! The new princess in Britain has been named as Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. News media around the world, as well as newspapers all over the globe, had been busy speculating on what the new baby would be named. Personally, I'm …( read more )

Sorry To God

April 26, 2015

There is not a day that goes by that I do not end up saying "Sorry" to God. There is not a Sunday in worship, when the prayers of confession are read and said, that I don't feel guilty and in need of those prayers. Some folks would say …( read more )

Peaceful Prayers

April 17, 2015

No matter where He went, people crowded around Jesus. He was constantly mobbed with all sorts of people who were suffering from a multitude of diseases, illnesses, and sicknesses. His fame as a healer had spread around the Galilean …( read more )

Listening To Jesus

March 26, 2015

Sometimes, instead of listening to Jesus, I listen to my own thoughts and ideas. I end up making foolish choices and stupid mistakes which Christ could have helped me to avoid. I thought that the older I got, the wiser I would become. …( read more )

A Mighty River

March 19, 2015

I was born and brought up in Glasgow, Scotland. At one time, there used to be over a million people living in the city. Glasgow prospered due to being situated on the banks of the River Clyde, where great ocean-going steamships were …( read more )

The Great Escape

March 9, 2015

Like most people, there are some days when I would like to run away from all of my responsibilities, travel somewhere remote, and just be all by myself. I sometimes daydream about getting in my car, driving as far west as I possibly can …( read more )

Wonders Of His Love

February 19, 2015

Late one night recently as I was taking the weekly garbage out, I looked up at the night sky. It was full of bright stars. I love this time of year because the skies at night are generally cloudless, so there is a vast array of planets, …( read more )

Needing Grace

January 30, 2015

Sometimes when I sin, I get both angry and disappointed with myself. I become angry because I've let temptation or pride overcome me again; I feel disappointed because I've let God down once more. There are also times when I think that if …( read more )

An Art Lesson

October 23, 2014

When I was growing up in Glasgow, Scotland, my dad frequently used to take me and my siblings to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in the heart of the city. It was always a fascinating place to visit, and because my dad was a great city …( read more )

Feed The World

October 3, 2014

One of the first pictures that I ever saw of Jesus was contained in a children's book. In my mind's eye, I can still see it. Jesus is standing at the top of a hill with his hands held up in prayer to God. Before Him, on a rock, loaves and …( read more )

Worship Blessings

September 28, 2014

I love worshipping God. It's good to come among a group of like-minded people and sing together our praises of God. Being with church family week after week gives me the strength, encouragement, and challenges to face whatever takes place …( read more )

Son Light

September 20, 2014

Quite recently, my wife Evelyn and I had our front yard re-landscaped. The bushes were overgrown, and the whole yard needed a major makeover. I'm not much of a gardener, so we hired two people to do the work. They laboured for two days. …( read more )

Talking To Jesus

September 14, 2014

When I first read today's passage from Revelation, I was a teenager who had rebelled against God and my family. The words shocked me and cast a dire shadow over my soul. I felt quite anxious about the whole scenario depicted in Revelation …( read more )

Wedding Invitation

September 6, 2014

I think that I have presided over 200 weddings in my ministry. Some of them I remember very well, so when I see a Facebook post of a special anniversary or some photos of the wedding, I happily congratulate the couple. It takes a lot of …( read more )

Constantly Amazed

August 31, 2014

God often amazes me. In the littlest things, like a blade of grass, I see His handiwork. In the vastness of space and the colossal starry sky, I recognize His hallmarks of creation. In the people I love, I see His image constantly before …( read more )

Testing The Faith

August 13, 2014

I failed only one test when I was at university. It happened in my first semester, and of all things to fail, I failed New Testament. The professor and I didn't see eye to eye, so I think that I was marked out for a humbling experience. I …( read more )

Robe Of Righteousness

July 29, 2014

Many years ago, when I attended the 428 Gospel Club on Wednesday nights in Glasgow, Scotland, several regular participants used to sing their own personal testimony songs. Iain, who ended up being the best man at my wedding, would sing …( read more )

Aid Instead Of Arms

July 20, 2014

The current explosive situation in Gaza is affecting the entire world politically, economically, and even spiritually. Ever since the establishment of the Jewish State in 1948, Palestinian refugees have posed a large-scale humanitarian …( read more )

All Things

July 13, 2014

Bill Shankly, a Scottish soccer manager, once said, "Football isn't about life or death — it's much more important than that." ("Soccer" is called "football" outside North America.) Bill Shankly coached the world-famous English soccer …( read more )

Blessed Are The Caregivers

June 17, 2014

Caregivers are some of the most undervalued people that we can ever encounter. Over the past twenty-five years, I've seen many caregivers who look after their spouses, their parents, or their special needs children, and I have marvelled …( read more )

The Royal Law

May 19, 2014

Recently, in the Sunday school class that I teach, we were discussing the parable of the Good Samaritan. It's probably the best-known story that Jesus ever told, so, throughout the class, the participants offered their personal ideas and …( read more )

A Tale Of Two Birds

April 2, 2014

Every morning that I commuted to church, I used to take great delight in spotting two beautiful, large birds. The first was a red-tailed kite which perched atop an old dead tree, constantly surveying the fields alongside the motorway for …( read more )

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