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This sermon was for when I preached as Sole Nominee at Sandyford Henderson Memorial Church

It was really encouraging when I discovered that, for most of this year, you have been learning from the gospel of John, as this is also where we have been preaching from in Baljaffray. Although I believe...

Back at the end of January 2020, a couple of months before the Covid-19 lockdown began here in the UK, I preached a sermon entitled "Sabbath and Time." At the time we were just at the beginning of a series on Sabbath, based in part on Stephen Swodoba's book "Subversive Sabbath". Sadly, I did not p...

Luke 2:22-40

Part 1 - Now

Good morning. I hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas. I spent what will likely be my last non-working Christmas Day for a while at my in-laws. Did anyone get some good presents?

Now, I wonder if anyone was particularly holy, and got a book like this?

I didn’t...

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...