Hope

2 Corinthians 4.1-6, 4.7-17   Lord Hope, the celebrated judge, was the Lord High Commissioner at both this year’s and last year’s Church of Scotland General Assemblies in Edinburgh. In an address to the assembled commissioners he said that his father was a very organised person. So when they went on their annual holiday by [...]

Just forgiving

2 Corinthians 1.23-2.11 Matthew 18.21-35   Last week I was quoting Winston Churchill. And there is no doubt that he was an absolute past master at the put down. To prove my point let me give you a few examples which are often quoted. For he once said - An empty taxi arrived at 10 [...]

The Spirit is willing!

Acts 2.1-13; 1 Cor 12.1-11   We talk about the gift’s given by God in rather a strange way. We say someone is a gifted musician or artist. We say to a friend – you have the gift of listening. We even say sarcastically – someone thinks they are God’s gift too – well you [...]

Unity of Spirit

Acts 18.1-4 (p1114) 1 Corinthians 1.10-17 (p1144) A Naval chaplain I knew well repeatedly told the story of the visitor to the monastery. At evening mealtime, one of the monks stood up and shouted out  87 – to which the holy men laughed and laughed. The visitor was bemused and asked the Abbot what was [...]