Imagination Under Quarantine

Someone observed that in these extraordinary lockdown circumstances, the days tend to drag on, but the weeks fly by. That’s […]

‘When is Communion not Communion?’

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Across Scotland, churches have been responding to the challenges and opportunities that social isolation […]

Holy Moments for Holy Week

It’s been an odd sort of Holy Week as the UK has travelled through its third week of lockdown. For […]

2020 Vision

When does a new year stop being a new year? Mid-February certainly seems quite late. However, as we moved from […]

Immanuel: God With Us

I love Christmas. Many of you will be familiar with the film Elf and the scene where Elf learns that “Santa is coming!” That pretty much epitomises me at the thought of Christmas. However, I think in telling the familiar story of the birth of Christ we’ve lost part of the wonder of the incarnation. We enjoy the simplicity of the nativity but forget the surprise of God with us.

What is the purpose of (theological) education?

“What is the purpose of higher education?” Perhaps, the obvious answer is to grow in knowledge, but the obvious answer is not always the best one!

The Story of Creation: A reflection on the Climate Strike

In the summer of 2018 I remember listening to a Radio 1 Newsbeat report on my drive home from SBC about climate change. A question and a quote has haunted me ever since.

Skinny Jeans and Upbeat Tunes: The problem with church growth marketing

I’m not really that interested in debating church growth, I think it’s a bit of a red herring (hopefully by the end of this piece it will be clear what I mean by this!) Instead, I want to think through what “effective engagement with those not already in church” looks like

What makes us happy?

What makes us happy? And perhaps more significantly, what does living the Christian life have to do with happiness?

The “evolution” of Church

It seems to promote newness over tried and tested thinking; innovation over reliability; and flexibility over foundations. Maybe in business this is beneficial but is the same true of the Church? Where deepening relationships is key often stability is valued and when it comes to longer term social transformation longevity is often better than a flash-in-the-pan hit and run approach.