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 [...]

Cuban Dreams

Joel 2.28-30a   The death this week of Fidel Castro brought one old crisis back to the surface. And whilst I was too young to realise the danger, history has certainly recorded the grave risks we are all in during the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962. Because, 44 years ago, US reconnaissance photos showed [...]

Easter – It’s not Christmas!

John 20.1-16     Well, are you ready to rush home and open your presents?           Are itching to get on with cooking the turkey with all the trimmings?   Are standing by for the arrival of the whole family for a party of crackers, paper hats, riddles and carols?   [...]

Christmas Nights

As a child the most magical of times were the nights before Christmas. The Christmas tree with its multicoloured lights, I imagined had a thousand places within its boughs where tiny arboreal people lived, the wall decorations cast sparkling reflections from the open fire and bedtime was less of a chore as each sleep got [...]