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I Cannot Thank You Enough



At the Society of Authors Christmas Lunch in Edinburgh authors were invited to bring a Christmas-wrapped gift book. As people left they could take home one of these secret book gifts. I Christmas-wrapped my book Before We Say Goodbye published by HarperCollins. A few days later I received...

Posted at 19:33pm on 15th December 2017

Santa Claus

On  December 6 the Netherlands and churches around the world celebrated Santa Claus, or, to give him his correct name, Saint Nicholas, the 4th c. Bishop of Myra, in today's Turkey. This is  what my book 'Saints of the Isles: a year of feasts' (volume two of The Celtic Prayer...

Posted at 09:23am on 6th December 2017

Advent And Archeologial Discoveries

Sales of my Advent Book 'Bethlehem's Road' ran out locally. So I thought I should read it myself!  These words leapt out at me: 'Most people did  not see Jesus' birth in a smelly stable because they were too snooty to look for it in such a place. They were in...

Posted at 15:29pm on 2nd December 2017

Last Rites

My ancient computer signalled it must receive  its last rites after the screen was smashed on an airflight and skype sessions to Australia were blacked out. I purchased a new computer, and a new large screen, and a tutorial from Curry's shop, only to realise that they only  import everything...

Posted at 15:17pm on 21st November 2017

One Damn Thing Or One Divine Thing After Another?

Is life one damn thing after another or one divine thing after another? This week's hand-out from our local church brought this question into focus. It contained edited extracts from 'Why I left: Why I stayed' by celebrity evangelist Tony Campolo and his atheist but humanitarian son Bart. Tony notes...
Posted at 18:41pm on 2nd November 2017

Miracle In The Mess

The doctor told me to take pholcodine for my month-long cough. It knocked me sideways and kept me at home, though I did first get to watch Berwick Rangers with Kevin of The Open Gate, for the first time in my life. They lost. Worse, the technical...
Posted at 17:27pm on 27th October 2017

Reflect ... Momentum

This week I led a retreat for the Reflect network in the glorious setting of the gardens and hills of Yorkshire's Parcevall Hall. The theme was: 'Ancient Prayer Practices for a Post Christian World: learning from saints, seasons and soul friends'.

Parcivall Hall's owner. Sir William Milner, bequeathed it to...

Posted at 17:57pm on 19th October 2017

Forth To Farne

I was invited to a service at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Whitekirk. to celebrate the launch of the Forth to Farne Way, a Pilgrimage Route between North Berwick and Lindisfarne.

The full length is 72 miles, but this has been divided into eleven stages between 2 and 13 miles long....

Posted at 16:31pm on 13th October 2017

Bethlehem's Road

'Bethlehem's Road: a journey through advent' is out in good time for use by individuals and churches. This is my latest book and it is published by Kevin Mayhew.

There are forty daily reflections. Each ends with a Bible reading and prayer. The first ten days clear away ten road blocks -...

Posted at 14:33pm on 5th October 2017

Teething Problems

The Pilgrimage for Life on-line course is going strong but has hit a reef or two.

 1) A confusion for many:

Not everyone digested the information that every second week we pause in order to engage in the spiritual formation exercises. So now this notice...

Posted at 11:52am on 26th September 2017
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