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John 11:17-44

Last week, we read from Isaiah 9 one of the great prophecies of the coming Messiah, and we’re going to be thinking some more about the titles that it gives us for Jesus.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be...

This is a Christmas Reflection written for the Glasgow University Theology and Religious Studies Student Society service. You can download the Order of Service here. My opening prayer (not included in the Order) is at the bottom

I don’t know if any of you are fans of period dramas - maybe a bit...

Mark 7:24-37

The following is a sermon from my last full service in my summer placement at Orchardhill Parish Church, Giffnock. As it was a communion service, there is also quite a lot of additional liturgy that I wrote for the occasion. You can download the full service here.

Our reading toda...

Romans 8:31-39

This sermon was written for a preaching workshop, and aimed for a Remembrance Sunday. See notes below

Our reading this morning begins with a question. “If God is for us, then who can be against us?” It’s a question that leads us to consider other questions - is God for me? Am I fo...

Judges 10:6 - 11:11

The Book of Judges is a bit of a wild ride. It’s a book full of surprisingly bloodthirsty stories of the history of Israel. When people talk about this book, they often talk about it being cyclical - going round and round in circles. The people of Israel fall away from followi...

I don’t know what Sunday mornings are like for you, but from the way many of my friends have talked about it in the past I get the feeling that Sunday mornings are a source of stress and tension for many, if not all, of us. Indeed, for those of you with small children, I congratulate you on making i...