The last perfect summer

Job 1.1-12 John 9.1-7   The book is called something like 'The Last Perfect Summer'.  It is the story of a summer of over 100 years ago which was full of warmth, calm and golden light. The Foreign Secretary of that time, Lord Grey, said he loved this time of year.  In fact, he enjoyed [...]

Holding onto Summer

In the recent film The Monuments Men, George Clooney gathers together a group of art experts during World War Two and drafts them into the US Army. This rag tag platoon’s eventual role is to join the Allied advance across Europe and save the art works stolen from occupied countries by the Nazis. Actually, although [...]

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 [...]

View from the bridge

The children sat on the farm track bridge over the multi lane highway. They speculated where each speeding car was going. Being young they could only imagine happy places; exotic holidays or trips to a fun fair. After awhile they wondered to each other if this was how God saw people on their journeys. They [...]

What does a Grand Prix win tell the Church?

It was great to see Lewis Hamilton win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone this weekend. Of course, no one doubts that his podium position was the result of talent, teamwork and courage. But there is another quality in that mix; it is persistence. Since Mercedes, a few seasons back, had all sorts of technical [...]