Category Archives: Current Message

From the Minister

One of the most evocative programmes recently screened on television has been a series marking the 70th anniversary of the partition of the south-Asian sub-continent which gave rise to the creation of newly defined nations of Pakistan and India. Immediately … Continue reading

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From the Minister

At some points in our lives we find ourselves asking deep questions about our identity, our purpose and our mortality. The need for answers or, at least, pointers become urgent as we try to make sense of our lives, our … Continue reading

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From the Minister…

The problem with being busy Keeping busy ? Of course you are. Everybody is. We’re good at that. I am very good at that. In fact, of all the things we have in common at Bothwell Parish Church, perhaps the … Continue reading

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From the Minister ….

Stormy times ahead OR a promising New Dawn ? It’s the last magazine before the  summer. Always a time to reflect on the kind of session it has been for us as a Church and what may lie ahead both … Continue reading

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Meditation for Lent

Beyond A Great Illusion LENT BEGINS on Ash Wednesday, March 5th.  It’s very easy to get wrongheaded about that special time before Easter called Lent.  It’s so easy to see it as something it is not and trying to use … Continue reading

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From the Minister….

As the storms keep coming and the flood waters keep rising in the south of England; and rain keeps falling on us all, voices have been demanding to know why more has not been done to protect people and property … Continue reading

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From the Minister – February & March

Into the Future THE BEGINNING of a new year tends to be a time for resolutions and predictions. I’ve long since given up on resolutions finding that, before long, all good intention has been somehow lost in the ether of … Continue reading

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Bubblegum ‘n’ Fluff

During Advent,  with the help of Jen Robertson from Scripture Union, the Minister led a group of volunteers from the congregation in presenting a programme of activities based on our understanding of Christmas to Primary 6 pupils. The event was … Continue reading

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From the Minister…

As a minister I try to be apolitical in opinion and allegiance.  As a private citizen, I have my views and opinions like most others.  It’s not an easy position to hold. But it is essential, for the integrity of … Continue reading

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From the Minister …..

The institution of the Church of Scotland has a real problem. Alright, I admit it has many problems, just like most large institutions. But I recently discovered something of which I had not been previously aware.  A sermon I preached … Continue reading

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