Christmas is a deep pool

Photo by Brett Sayles on Pexels.com Writing as I do on Christmas Day of 2021, it is difficult to feel the full joy of this the holiest of days. The world seems full of infection, charlatan politicians, and human messiness.  So, I started to think through the ghosts of Christmases past. The midnight carol services [...]

The two faces of Christmas

The local shopping mall has court jesters on top of its marble pillars. From ground level, they look very jolly in their scarlet and gold outfits. But their faces are quite sad when you get closer. Photo by Charl Durand on Pexels.com That’s not surprising for they see the whole Christmas pageant below them. The [...]

Wise innocence in Advent

Photo by Vinu00edcius Vieira ft on Pexels.com The cartoon shows the Wise Men on the way to Bethlehem. One is saying – I still think we should have gone for the Pampers, tiny vests and a teddy! The truth is the Nativity story has remoulded more times than even Dicken’s Christmas Carol. It is used [...]

Is the nativity story true?

On Tuesday night I led a carol service onboard a wooden-walled sailing ship called the Unicorn.  During it, I related a story and in return received a question Firstly, let me tell you that story which I came across on the Motivateus.com website. The brand-new minister and his wife were assigned to their first charge. [...]

Love Actually

This is my address for the midnight service on Christmas Eve...... The first time I watched the film ‘Love Actually’ I switched it off after a few minutes. I just didn’t understand that its plot was a complex mix of multiple story lines. Now, after getting to grips with it, this romantic comedy is one [...]

A real nativity play

It is fitting at a Carol service to remember that ballad written by Gill Bowman from Bellyeoman Primary in Dunfermline.   It is called the School Nativity play and goes like this:   A wise man opened the curtain too soon The star in the east fell down with a boom The innkeeper said 'There's [...]