Tag Archives: Observations

A real mixed-up faith

Worshipping this morning in Coldingham Parish Church I was struck by the irony of a non-conformist 21st century congregation worshipping in the last remnant of an ancient Roman Catholic Priory. What would John Knox and his fellow reformers have made … Continue reading

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A truly lasting legacy?

Published in Hawick News: Pulpit view 21st August 2012 As part of the London 2012 legacy, The Salvation Army and Essex County Council are working together to create permanent recreational facilities for the public at Hadleigh Farm, venue for the … Continue reading

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Pray for peace

(Pulpit View for Hawick News – Friday 11th November 2011) I’ve recently enjoyed watching the drama series Downton Abbey on Sunday nights. Especially during the second series, which straddled the First World War, we’ve seen the character wrestling with issues … Continue reading

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They took our jobs

We recently watched the film The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. It’s the story of a friendship between a Jewish boy in a concentration camp and the son of the camp commandant. Eight-year olds Bruno and Shmuel do not understand … Continue reading

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A little soil is enough

I’m looking down into the Slitrig as it emerges from under the Tower Mill. As you would expect, the rocks at the waterside are covered in moss with a few ferns. But there are also several dandelions and a couple … Continue reading

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Why we still anoint our kings and queens

The other night we watched the Time Team special “The Secrets of Westminster Abbey”. Tony Robinson described the intertwining of politics religion and royalty surrounding the Abbey from Edward the Confessor to the funeral of Princess Diana. Tony Robinson described … Continue reading

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inconvenient memories

I’ve just watched the annual Festival of Remembrance from the Royal Albert Hall. I find the interviews of injured servicemen and of bereaved families very moving. But for me the most significant moment is the two minute’s silence accompanied by … Continue reading

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